By Zuko Komisa
In recent edition of A Song, A Book & A Dish, John Perlman’s guest Dali Tambo shared stories about being exiled for 30 years and the place of music and culture in his life.
Dali Tambo grew up in England and revisited living in exile with his family.
“I left South Africa when I was a year old, returned to South Africa when I was 31 years old. It was for three decades… We always knew we would come back. We always knew we would be free one day, but we didn’t know when.”
‘Jewel in our crown’
The interview was broadcast ahead of the premiere of a documentary on his father Oliver Reginald Tambo. called called ‘Jewel in our crown’ His favourite song was one from the documentary.
“I waited for 20 years, and I saw that no one was making a documentary about my father… I had been thinking about it for a long time. It’s like writing a book about my father, the only difference is there are people speaking about my father who worked with him during the apartheid years.”
The documentary is his story against the backdrop of a century that spanned two world wars, the Holocaust, the Cold War, the independence of various African countries, southern African border wars, the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the rise of Apartheid, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the defeat of Apartheid in 1994.
He also spoke about his on his talk show ‘People of the South’; a show he did for close to 9 years.
“I was very conscious that our people weren’t known, people we regarded as heroes. The idea of the show was to introduce these people, those who were noble, who were beautiful, and yet had negative things said about them during the struggle in an entertaining way. “
Listen to the full interview here: