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Published on Jul 2, 2013
Composers: Jennifer Ferguson, Rashid Lanie, Victor Ntoni, Ray Phiri
Performers: Duke Makasi, Rashid Lanie, Jennifer Ferguson, Busi Mhlongo, Brenda Fassie, Ray Phiri, Claire Johnston, Mahlatini and the Mahotella Queens, Bakithi Kumalo, Lawrence Matshiza, Jabu Khanyile, PJ Powers, MarcAlex, Nana Coyote, Tsepo Tshola, Sipho Mabuse, Barney Rachabane, Condry Ziqubu, Mercy Pakela, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Victor Ntoni
Director: Nic Hofmeyr Producer: Pam Devereux-Harris Photography: Clive Lawrie, Nic Hofmeyr
Director/Dop Nic Hofmeyr dug this one out of the archives, and remastered it from two damaged tapes. `THE PEOPLE WANT MANDELA' was a song that came from an initiative by S.A.M.A. (South African Musicians Alliance) to celebrate Nelson Mandela's release. Written by Jennifer Ferguson, Rashid Lanie, Victor Ntoni and Ray Phiri, the song was recorded by some of the top South African artistes and musicians of the time. Astoundingly, the song was never released and likewise the video. The only time anyone heard the song was when it was performed live at Ellis Park stadium, Jo'burg, at a Nelson Mandela welcome concert in early 1990. Here it is; `The People Want Mandela', 23 years later. We salute you, our leader, our legend, our legacy. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.