Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died last Thursday at the age of 95. I hadn’t listened to the news all day. Where was I that no one told me of his death? Where did I go all day? Why did I not hear the shock and the buzz of remembrance of his life? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/opinion/nelson-mandela.html?_r=0
At 7:30 I brought dinner to my friends downstairs, and Tom told me. He brought out his computer and played “Free Nelson Mandela” by the Specials, followed by “Johannesburg” by Gil Scott Heron, and then he asked, “Have you ever seen Amandla!” I hadn’t. I recommend it to you if you haven’t seen it or if you have seen it to show it to a friend. It was a great gift from my friends to see it with them. Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, from 2002, includes iInterviews, archival footage, and filmed performances that highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid.
Amandla! and the Specials AKA