Freedom Festival - Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute - Laser Disce

Side 1.
Farafina (Dancers) - Traditional
Harry Belafonte - Speech Only Sting - They Dance Alone
George Michael - Village Ghettoland
George Michael - If You Were My Woman
George Michael - Sexual Healing
Eurythmics - There Must Be An Angel
Eurythmics - You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Whoopi Goldberg - Speech Only
Tracy Chapman - Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution
Peter Gabriel / Simple Minds - Biko
Aswad / Sly & Robbie - Set Them Free
Side 2.
Miriam Makeba / Hugh Masakela - Soweto Blues
UB40 / Chrissie Hynde - Breakfast In Bed
Simple Minds - Mandela Day
Steven Van Zandt / Simple Minds Set - Sun City
Jerry Dammers / Simple Minds - Free Nelson Mandela
Whitney Houston - The Greatest Love Of All
Fat Boys / Chubby Checker - The Twist
Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You
Dire Straits / Eric Clapton - Brothers In Arms
Eric Clapton / Dire Straits - Wonderful Tonight
Jessye Norman - Amazing Grace
The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Concert, held on June 11th 1988 in Wembley Stadium in London, was watched not only by a capacity audience of 72,000 but also on television, by close on a billion people in over 60 countries of the world. The writer of this article, a worker for the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, helped to organise the event.
During the ten hours of the Mandela Birthday Concert, the attention of the world was focused, as perhaps never so powerfully before, on the evils of the apartheid regime, and, more especially, on the continued imprisonment of the acknowledged leader of the South African majority, and the thousands of other prisoners who languish in the gaols of Namibia and South Africa.
What an event it was - what a feast! From midday until ten in the evening, some of the greatest entertainers of the world gave themselves in praise of Nelson Mandela and what he stands for. In the dazzling, nonstop parade were jazz, rock and traditional groups; singers, instrumentalists, dancers, actors, comedians, from Europe, North America and Africa - indeed, there were famous jazz veterans and newer groups from South Africa itself. An American operatic soprano ended the programme.*
The origins of the concert dated back two years, to 1986, with the formation in Britain of Artists Against Apartheid. The organisers, Jerry Dammers and Dali Tambo, invited a host of artists to take part in a Freedom Festival on Clapham Common, in London. The march to Clapham Common before the concert was supported by 100,000 people representing almost all sections of British society. At the height of the afternoon, 250,000 were gathered on the great green Common to listen to the artists express their solidarity with the people of Namibia and South Africa through their words and music, and to hear the representatives of the ANC, of SWAPO and of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement.
The Freedom Festival took place shortly after the state of emergency was imposed in South Africa. It was a new high point in mobilising public opinion in Britain. In spite of this, it was not a financial success. The Anti-Apartheid Movement, always short of funds, lost 80 000, was saved from bankruptcy only by an emergency appeal, and was therefore hampered at a time when maximum activity was required. ~ Mike Ketchum

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