Baileys African History Archive

This website has been set up to host the Bailey’s African History Digital Archive. The Digital Archive is a work in progress and is being added to and developed over time.

This website aims to create a space for students, researchers, artists and the greater public to find inspiration and engage with its historical content. Images featured were photographed over a period of three decade, Drum magazine’s five editions captured both the brutal realities of apartheid South Africa, that it delivered  in a sweet-wrapper of sport, sex and scandal, as well as the newly urbanised black culture of the anglophone African countries as they achieved independence.


“Drum enabled us to summon up from the spirit world writers and photographers, dancers and cover-girls, politicians and yes, martyrs in the cause of human freedom: at least recorded them, sometimes we did a lot more than that”  

  J. R. A. Bailey 

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