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Drum is the name of a South African magazine, and also the name of a film about the journal by (Zola Maseko (2004)

Drum - the magazine


A South African family magazine mainly aimed at Black readers containing market news, entertainment and feature articles.

Founding and early history

Founded by ** and published its first edition 1951.) is

Aims and function

Current status

In 2005 it was described as "the first black lifestyle magazine in Africa", but it is noted chiefly for its early 1950s and 1960s reportage of township life under apartheid.

Impact on SA theatre, film, media and/or performance



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Drum - the film (2004)

A film based on the life of South African investigative journalist Henry Nxumalo, who worked for the popular Drum magazine, and deals with the issues of apartheid and the forced removal of residents from Sophiatown. Written by Jason Filardi and directed by Zola Maseko.

Not to be confused with the 1976 Hollywood film by Steve Carver.



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