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EXCERPT | Poli Poli by Barbara Masekela

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Barbara Masekela speaking during the tribute concert held for the late Hugh Masekela at the University of Johannesburg. (Photo by Lucky Morajane/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Barbara Masekela speaking during the tribute concert held for the late Hugh Masekela at the University of Johannesburg. (Photo by Lucky Morajane/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Poli Poli is intentional in grounding Masekela’s experiences in a social history of the country over generations. Masekela uses her life story to illustrate the features and characteristics that typified life in particular places, like Kwa-Guqa in the 1940s, Johannesburg, Alexandra Township, and Inanda Seminary School (for Coloured girls) in Mpumalanga.

Below is an excerpt from the book's first chapter. 

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