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Amy Winehouse "Free Nelson Mandela" (Treacy version)

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Published on Jul 5, 2008

Amy Winehouse sings "Free Nelson Mandela" at the 46664 Concert in London in 2008. Her album "Back to Black" made Winehouse the first British singer to win five Grammys. The 46664 concerts are a series of AIDS charity events played in honour of Nelson Mandela by South African musicians. Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1964, and was the 466th prisoner to arrive that year. "Free Nelson Mandela" is a song written by Jerry Dammers and performed by his Coventry-based band The Special A.K.A. released on the single Nelson Mandela / Break Down The Door in 1984 as a protest against the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. Unlike most protest songs, the track is upbeat and celebratory, drawing on musical influences from South Africa. The song reached No.9 in the UK charts and was immensely popular in Africa.
Dr. Patrick Treacy was part of the "Free Nelson Mandela" campaign and worked in South Africa as a doctor after Nelson Mandela was freed. The video shows the badge he wore.

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