Fela Kuti once said: “Music is the weapon of the future“. Indeed, music can be a very powerful and, most especially, peaceful channel for voicing out wishes and interests. When South African musician Hugh Masekela had to leave his country because of the rising state oppression by the apartheid regime in 1960, he continued the anti-apartheid struggle from abroad.
It was in 1987 that Masekela wrote the track ‘Mandela (Bring Him Back Home‘, which soon became an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela despite the fact that is was banned in South Africa. In retrospective Masekela’s hit shows us that songs alone cannot offer political solutions but they can inspire people to make change happen. Even in the darkest hours, music has that capacity to create hope.
Hugh Masekela *-* ‘Mandela (Bring Him Back Home)‘