The young kid and her mother spent six months in prison, as the father could not gather the pound-fine required by the police to free them. Zenzi — Miriam by her English name — is only six when she loses her father.
Her mother, busy cleaning the houses of White people, only sees her once a month. But the girl, who lives with her grandmother surrounded by a flock of cousins, already has a taste for singing, and sneaks to attend the rehearsals of the school choir her older sister is a member of.
The director spots her and she joins the chorus, then participating in competitions, sometimes singing compositions in Sotho, Xhosa or Zulu language full of metaphors Whites cannot seem to understand… if only they knew! First she has to leave school, in order to help her mother make ends meet. Like her, she becomes a housemaid in White families, at the mercy of their cruel tantrums.
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It is , and the National Party has recently won the elections in which, obviously, only the Whites voted. The infernal legal arsenal of apartheid politics is quickly setting up, brick after brick, barbed wire after barbed wire.
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