VUKANI MAWETHU is a nonprofit multiracial choir which sings the freedom songs of Southern Africa, primarily of South Africa in Zulu, Xhosa, Sethu, and English, and also gospel, spirituals, labor and civil rights songs linking peoples in the U.S., South Africa, and around the world.
Formed in 1986 by the late great James Madhlope Phillips, an ANC union and cultural organizer, for a major concert at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall, we are united by our strong opposition to racism and apartheid and by our love of the rhythms and melodies which have grown out of century-long struggles for freedom.
VUKANI MAWETHU has continued to sing out against racism and injustice whenever and wherever possible-from small AIDS rallies, homeless shelters or prisons, to performing directly behind Nelson Mandela before 78,000 at the Oakland Coliseum in June 1990, and throughout the cities and townships of South Africa on a dynamic cultural tour in July-August 1997.
VUKANI MAWETHU is proud to have contributed to the international effort to bring about democratic elections for all the people of South Africa, and to have often been called "the spirit of the movement" and "cultural ambassadors of good will.
We continue to entertain and to sing out for all those who have suffered under racism and oppression here at home and around the world.
Read the recent Oakland Magazine article on Vukani Mawethu.
For more information or to arrange a performance,
please call VUKANI MAWETHU
We now accept donations via PayPal
Donations by check may be sent to:
VUKANI MAWETHU P.O. Box 98 Oakland, CA 94604
For sales of VM items
(CD 's, cassette tapes, videos, sweat- & tee-shirts, totebags, buttons,
and authentic ballots from the historic 1994 South African elections), please see our merchandise page