Joseph Shabalala: In His Own Words
David Schulman and Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr


All Things Considered, USA, 2004
TCF Winners
Africa, Biography, Discrimination, Music
08 17


The vision for Ladysmith Black Mambazo came to Joseph Shabalala in a dream in four-part harmony.

Having grown up under apartheid in South Africa, Shabalala's life has been filled with both intense optimism and suffering. His response to hardship has been to carry on singing.

Joseph Shabalala: In His Own Words won the Best Documentary: Silver Award in the 2004 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story first aired on All Things Considered in 2003.


Since August 2009, David Schulman has been senior producer of Americana, a new weekly program from BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. The show offers a lively outsider's look at American news and culture. His prior radio work includes creating and producing Musicians in Their Own Words, a CPB-supported series bringing NPR listeners inside the creative lives of musicians including Renée Fleming, Poncho Sanchez, and the late Bo Diddley. Schulman is  also an avid violinist, performing around Washington DC with a latin jazz trio called Rhapsody B.

Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr is a producer and editor for National Public Radio's arts desk. He has worked for NPR's classical music show Performance Today and at recording studios in New York City that specialize in post-production for radio and TV advertising. Freymann-Weyr composes original music and sound design scores for dance, film, and commercials, and he wrote the theme music for NPR’s coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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