Africa: My African Heart

The leader of America's hottest rock band sounds off on his roots

I was born in Johannesburg, in South Africa. My family moved to the U.S. when I was two, and then we moved back to South Africa when I was 13. But then we lived back and forth between Johannesburg and Virginia.

Growing up in America, I was made hyperaware of racism. And then going to South Africa, the concept was punctuated at a pretty young age, 13 or 14. I became more and more horrified, first at the absurdity of it but then with the horror that comes of it: the power that's put into the wrong people's hands. Seeing people...

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