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Cell Stories & Prison Songs

The prison cells in the former A section of the Robben Island maximum security prison have been conceived of by Ashwell Adriaan and his colleagues as a multi-media memory space, which connects personal objects on loan to the museum, with prisoner's oral histories and their songs.

Altogether, the archive contains songs and spoken narratives by 120 political prisoners who were imprisoned on Robben Island maximum security prison between 1963 and 1991 and represents an attempt to map out the divergent and increasingly radicalised ideological positions within what is often taken to be a homogenous narrative of resistance.


related persons:
Ashwell Adriaan
Muntu Timothy Sibusiso Nxumalo
Phumlani Grant Shezi
Thembinkosi Abner Sithole

Cell Story - Robben Island
Prison Songs


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