Anti-Apartheid Struggle Songs from South Africa

Sipho “Hot Stix” Mabuse’s “Nelson Mandela” featured a clip of Mandela reading his speech from one of his 1964 trials. The song was commissioned by the ANC for the party’s 1994 election campaigns. Mandela had been out of prison for four years. “Nelson Mandela” was about looking forward, leaving apartheid behind, with lines like: “Now is the time to make a stand on all the things we’ve been fighting for/ Freedom and justice for everyone in this land.”