The magazine has covered six decades of South Africa’s history, delivering stories that speak to and from the heart of black identity in South Africa.
In celebration of this iconic title’s birthday, DRUM will host an exclusive party on 26 October 2011 at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg. All the biggest DRUM stars will attend and there will be great live music performances.
Media24 Weekly Magazines will also be publishing DRUM 60th, a glossy commemorative magazine.
“DRUM 60 will bring together all the elements that make this title one of the best in South Africa, highligting not only important moments in the magazine’s and South Africa’s history but also showcasing the characters behind DRUM. It is a fusion of experience and experiences,” DRUM editor Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa says.
“I have ensured our new generation of authors, journalists and social comentators have been well represented in the magazine. For me it is very important to illustrate how DRUM journalists of old inspired and motivated my peers to be what we are. Zukiswa Wanner, Lebo Mashile, Mike Nicol and Simphiwe Dana are just some of the bylines and names that lent us their voices in the compilation of this issue.”
Readers can look forward to stories about legendary journalists such as Henry Nxumalo, Nat Nakasa and Can Themba.
There are articles about the issues the magazine has covered from life in Sophiatown to forced removals and apartheid race laws to memorable short stories and photo stories.
And, of course, there are reprints of classic DRUM covers featuring legends such as Dolly Rathebe. Coupled with stunning pictures by photographers such as Peter Magubane, Alf Kumalo and Jürgen Schadeberg, this publication is a keepsake for DRUM readers.
DRUM 60 will be available in stores countrywide by the end of November.