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Hugh Masekela – Bring Back Nelson Mandela (1987)

The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope. African music is often about the aspirations of the African people, and it can ignite the political resolve of those who might otherwise be indifferent to politics.
Nelson Mandela

Ce titre de Hugh Masekela, trompettiste de jazz sud-africain, demande la libération de Nelson Mandela pendant l’Apartheid en 1987.

Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)” is an anti-apartheid protest song written by South African musician Hugh Masekela. It was released as the first track of his 1987 album Tomorrow. It was recorded in 1986 when Masekela was in exile from the apartheid regime of South Africa.
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The lyrics of the song demand the release of the Black South African leader, who had been imprisoned by the White South African government on Robben Island since 1962. The song became enormously popular, and turned into an unofficial anthem of the anti-apartheid movement.
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The song was banned in South Africa by the government upon its release. Nonetheless, it became a part of the number of musical voices protesting the apartheid regime.

Bring him back home to Soweto!

cartoon - Mandela

See also: Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

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