|The great man|
This is another one of these 'where can I find this song' situations. I loved the Specials Nelson Mandela when it was first released. Much later I found another version on a sampler which I found to be a superior version of the song. It had that great African beat to it. I was devastated when my parrot destroyed that CD. 'Who's a bad boy then Jacko!' I searched and searched and could not find it again until a triple Specials album Specials Stereo-Typical was released and there it was. It was a new '88 'mix featuring Ndonka Khuze and Jonas Gwangwa and is different to the '88 dance mix version which was released. It was so good to have the track back in my grubby!
Here is the one I am talking about I still think it is right on the button!
SPECIALS - Nelson Mandela('88 Mix)
We were in Durban in 1982, on the first day we were looking for a Supermarket. I asked a guy directions, he was very polite and courteous and was just giving directions when this woman came up shouting and waving her hands, the poor chap cowered and slunk away. She said you do not talk to these people. We were in total shock and unable to make any response. The nasty woman was white and the helpful gentleman was black.
Later a black woman asked us if we could fill a bottle of sea water for her. The sign on the Beach said 'for whites only'. I was experiencing apartheid first hand and I did not like, I did not like one little bit.
A great song by a great Band in acknowledgement of a very very great man. Long live Nelson Mandela!
This is the original and it is just as good really and this is just a fantastic video too.
For more Wednesday Club finds
WEDNESDAY CLUB - The Specials - Nelson Mandela - Original & '88 Remix
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