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March 29th 1879: Battle of Kambula

On this day in 1879, the Battle of Kambula occurred, marking a decisive moment in the Anglo-Zulu War. The war in South Africa began in 1878 after the murder of several British citizens by Zulus and the Zulu king’s refusal to hand over the perpetrators for trial. However, authorities in Britain had long been seeking pretense to launch an assault on the Zulu Kingdom to consolidate British rule in the area. The indigenous Zulu warriors had some initial success against the European invaders, including at the battle of Isandlwana in January 1879, though this victory was offset by defeat at Rourke’s Drift. Wary of the enemy, British forces in the Zulu Kingdom led by Evelyn Wood fortified an area near Kambula. On March 29th the Zulu army launched an attack on the British position, but their advance was halted by a British mounted force. The Zulu forces continued their attack, and 11,000 fighters charged head-on into a hail of British fire. They sustained heavy losses, but the Zulu army successfully exerted pressure on the British stronghold and forced the defenders to retreat. Despite putting up a considerable attack, the Zulu forces were eventually forced to retreat under British fire. The battle was a decisive British victory, with the defenders losing 29 soldiers and the Zulu up to 3,000. Kambula also severely weakened the Zulu forces, allowing the British to ultimately defeat the Zulu and imprison their king in July. British victory spelled the end of the independence of the Zulu nation in South Africa.

So for some reason, I started singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight and I realised I don’t really know who originally wrote it. Turns out, it was written in 1939 as Mdube by Solomon Linda in Zulu and performed by The Evening Birds.

He was completely ripped off by The Weavers and other western musicians because they thought his music was “simply tribal”. That’s not all.

Like, what the fuck? He wrote one of the most iconic songs of all time and died in poverty. This wasn’t the 1800s. Black artists are still disenfranchised because of western ignorance and institutionalised racism.

Since it’s black history month, I thought I’d share this.

Listen to the original song, it’s brilliant.

Mads Mikkelsen was awarded as the Actor of the Year by Zulu Award. And it was surprise for him.
“I have not made terribly much in Denmark over the last few years, and yet the audience think that I have to be this year’s Danish actor. I think that might be a little unfair, but I accept the price gratefully,” - he said.

“I also sit and watch TV with a feet up and a cup of tea in my hand and look at these people who suddenly becomes starstruck over to meet me. It is very strange,” - said an enthusiastic Mads Mikkelsen.

Mads Mikkelsen has recently been very busy with the legendary “Star Wars” franchise “Rogue One” and as a super villain in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”. Therefore he has no his name on any film poster at some time near.
“Right now I’m on vacation. Now I should to find out what I have to do. Nothing is decided,”- revealed the ‘Danish world champion’.

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