OUR ROOTS – Tina Turner / 1939 – 2023
*When news broke that she had passed at 83, I went through my OUR ROOTS collection to retrieve another of the black and white drawings I had done on Tina Turner some years back as I now needed to update.
I found out that Turner was naïve about politics in South Africa when she entertained during the Apartheid state in the 1970s. She had regrets about this, as she later turned down other offers to perform in that country. After Apartheid it seems she wanted to redeem herself.
Tina would return to South Africa in 1996 as part of her “Wildest Dreams” World Tour which kicked off from there in Cape Town. She performed four concerts in total in Cape Town, Durban, and two in Johannesburg.
With a revitalized music career, she was simply the best.
TAYO Fatunla whose work has been featured on MSN.com via EURweb.com is an award-winning British-Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer, and Illustrator and is an artist of the African diaspora. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US., and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated at UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and has held a virtual OUR ROOTS cartoon workshop for SMITHSONIAN- National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. His Fela Kuti image is prominently featured in Burna Boy’s mega-Afrobeat hit song “Ye”. – https://www.instagram.com/tfatunla123
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