S.African singer Msaki's new electro album recalls mine massacre

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Boys play shot successful Marikana's Nkaneng township successful beforehand of the Lonmin's Marikana platinum excavation successful Rustenburg, 110 kms (68 miles) northwest of Johannesburg August 15, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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JOHANNESBURG, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Backed by silky synthesizers and down-tempo physics beats, South African vocalist Msaki's caller Afropop medium revisits the 2012 sidesplitting by constabulary of dozens of striking excavation workers that she says inspired her to protestation against societal injustice.

Singing successful her Xhosa parent tongue, Msaki's lilting dependable aims to seizure the sadness and disappointment felt by galore aft the showdown betwixt constabulary and strikers astatine the Marikana platinum excavation 110 kms (68 miles) northwest of Johannesburg.

Forty-four radical died determination successful the astir convulsive constabulary crackdown since the extremity of achromatic number rule.

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'Platinumb Heart Beating' was released astatine the extremity of past year. The rubric is simply a play connected words, referring to South Africa's platinum loop but besides to "the affectional authorities of numbness" that galore felt aft witnessing specified constabulary brutality, she said.

"The archetypal opus I wrote was 'Blood, Guns and Revolutions' which was astir Marikana and the platinum belt," she told Reuters TV successful an interview. "It seemed fitting. That was the infinitesimal that got maine moving to marque an medium of protest."

Among those killed successful what has go known arsenic the "Marikana massacre" were 34 miners whom constabulary changeable dormant astatine the Lonmin mine. For galore South Africans, it seemed to dash hopes that the convulsive authorities repression of protests had been relegated to their disfigured apartheid past.

August this twelvemonth marks the 10th day of the massacre.

An probe into the deaths released by past President Jacob Zuma blamed Lonmin, the constabulary and commercialized unions for the killings.

Msika's songs besides diagnostic immoderate household names successful South Africa's creation euphony scene, including DJ Black Coffee, Kabza De Small and rapper Focalistic.

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Reporting by Taurai Maduna, Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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