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Paul Simon – Under African Skies

(Live from The African Concert, 1987 in Zimbabwe) What an amazing and legendary concert with a powerful message this one was.  Very inspiring to see a mixed race audience all enjoying this music together in those terrible times of Apartheid.

Apartheid an Afrikaans word meaning “the state of being apart”, literally “apart-hood” was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation by the National Party (NP) governments, the ruling party from 1948 to 1994, under which the rights, associations, and movements of the majority black inhabitants were curtailed and Afrikaner minority rule was maintained.

Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba and the other musicians braved a lot to give that concert in Africa, to a multi-racial audience. And by doing so showed South Africa and the world we can be one, and that music has the power to unite us all.

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