Connie Chiume: 30 Years of Freedom

Connie Chiume: 30 Years of Freedom

From appearing in blockbuster features like Black Panther and Black Is King, to her work as a television mainstay on TV series like Rhythm City, Zone 14 and Gomora, actor and director Connie Chiume has been a paragon of South African culture. For our celebration of South Africa’s 30 Years of Freedom, she curates a collection of songs that stand the test of time, featuring tracks from Dollar Brand, Abdullah Ibrahim, Caiphus Semenya, Oliver Mtukudzi, Chicco, Busi Mhlongo, Mbongeni Ngema, Tyler ICU, Mandoza and more. “These songs hold a special place in my heart because they not only gave us hope but continue to resonate with meaning to this day,” Connie Chiume tells Apple Music. “My playlist transcends from the older generation to the youth of today, reflecting the evolving celebration in contemporary music. I've included some international musicians who became part of our musical culture, and we still cherish their contributions today. The music and musicians have played a pivotal role in shaping South Africa, serving as a source of inspiration during times when we needed courage to fight for our rights. Some songs provided a sense of entertainment, keeping us sane. The music from the past paved the way for the diverse genres we hear today.”    The future she envisions for South Africa is one that positions the country as a global superpower—driven by its people. “The resilience of South Africans, particularly during the challenging times of apartheid for black individuals, sets them apart,” she explains. “Despite the hardships, they strive to improve their lives. South Africans exhibit creativity in various forms, work diligently when opportunities arise, and maintain a spirit of laughter, song, and dance. They actively contribute to literature, create innovative solutions, and embrace a continuous willingness to learn.”

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