In 1987, Labi Siffre released his protest against Apartheid. Labi Siffre was already retired from music (he did so himself), but forgot all that when he saw a white soldier shooting at black children. Actually, he first thought of giving the song to another singer, but when he finished writing, he was convinced he should record it himself. And so he did, with success: it became a number 4 hit in the UK, one of his highest chart positions. Enjoy
Labi Siffre- (Something Inside) So Strong
A few days ago Nelson Mandela had his birthday. Firstly: congratulations and sorry that I’m so late!
His birthday made me think about a song which I had not heard for some time… but which is very happy.
Listening to it again made me think about the Dutch language and other countries. I came to a sad conclusion: there’s one word almost all people outside the Netherlands (and Belgium) know in Dutch. It is in the song, and it is negative: Apartheid. At such moments I regret speaking Dutch… but I can’t help it, since the word was there long before I was born.
Fortunately we should keep hope, and Eddy Grant wants that, too. This one is for you, Nelson Mandela!
Eddy Grant- Gimme Hope Jo’Anna
I was listening to the album Graceland lately, and I thought:
Let’s put in one of those songs for the song of the day.
For his album Graceland, Paul Simon worked together with a lot of people from South-Africa.
When released, there was a lot of commotion around the album, because there was still Apartheid in South-Africa.
However, that has nothing to do with the quality of the album. In fact, it doesn’t matter at all, since it is such a good album.
I selected the title track Graceland for you as song of the day, but if you want to hear the whole album, you should really buy it!
That is a lot of good music for your money!
Please vote for the Song Of The Day Top 50 as well!