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Bridget Ramasodi (South Africa's Promise)

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Length: 29:24

Bridgette had to leave her home, South Africa in 1991, during one of the most dynamic periods in that nation’s history. She left just one year after Nelson Mandela was released from political captivity — a time when people around the world were optimistic about that nation’s multi-racial political future. She tells 'Home, from Home' why she left, and how she maintains ties with her homeland by helping women and children in South Africa affected by HIV and AIDS.

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“When you think of South Africa, most people think of Mandela, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, all the wonderful artists in our political history. Specifically of Mandela. But behind that, was the struggle of day to day existence.”

Those are the words of Bridgette Ramasodi, a South African living in Los Angeles. Bridgette left South Africa in 1991, during one of the most dynamic periods in that nation’s history. It was the year after Nelson Mandela was released from political captivity — a time when people around the world were optimistic about that nation’s multi-racial political future. Today, Bridgette maintains strong ties with her homeland. Through her organization, Advantage Foundation, she helps women and children in South Africa affected by HIV and AIDS.

Click on the show link to find out more about her extraordinary story, how she has adapted to life in the United States, and her advocacy for women and children in South Africa.

HfH Song of the Month: “Everything (…Is Never Quite Enough)” by Wasis Diop. Bridgette says this song reminded her that no amount of money can make you happy. Bridgette says, “happiness is a decision that I have to make.”

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“When you think of South Africa, most people think of Mandela, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, all the wonderful artists in our political history. Specifically of Mandela. But behind that, was the struggle of day to day existence.”

Those are the words of Bridgette Ramasodi, a South African living in Los Angeles. Bridgette left South Africa in 1991, during one of the most dynamic periods in that nation’s history. It was the year after Nelson Mandela was released from political captivity — a time when people around the world were optimistic about that nation’s multi-racial political future. Today, Bridgette maintains strong ties with her homeland. Through her organization, Advantage Foundation, she helps women and children in South Africa affected by HIV and AIDS.

Click on the show link to find out more about her extraordinary story, how she has adapted to life in the United States, and her advocacy for women and children in South Africa.

HfH Song of the Month: “Everything (…Is Never Quite Enough)” by Wasis Diop. Bridgette says this song reminded her that no amount of money can make you happy. Bridgette says, “happiness is a decision that I have to make.”

Broadcast History

Broadcast in Southern California on KPFK 90.7 on December 25, 2009.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Crossover Wunmi A.L.A. Documented/GB 2008 01:34
Everything (…Is Never Quite Enough) Wasis Diop Everything Is Never Quite Enough. Triloka RecordsTriloka Records 2003 04:04

Additional Credits

Guest: Bridgette Ramasodi

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