Drum, A venture into the new Africa
by Anthony Sampson
Here is a new and exciting view of Africa-the new Africa, composed not of primitive tribesmen and native culture but of slick, jazz conscious townsmen. The author, through a chance friendship struck up at Oxford, found himself projected suddenly into the editorial chair of what was soon to become Africa's most important, candid and courageous magazine. As a white editor of a black paper he had a unique opportunity of penetrating behind the color barrier; much of his time was spent in African homes, parties and drinking dens, listening with an acute ear and accurate memory to the jazzy vigorous talk of his colorful and often fantastic African friends; this he recaptures in his book which shows not only the suffering and wretchedness of Africans in jails and farms, but the indestructible gaiety of their locations and homes.