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Post subject: Jerry Dammers / Story behind the song, Nelson Mandela
Short film about the song Nelson Mandela, by Jerry Dammers. filmed for NTR, Holland
Published on Jan 1, 2014
"Nelson Mandela" (known in some versions as "Free Nelson Mandela") is a song written by British musician Jerry Dammers and performed by band The Special A.K.A. - with lead vocal by Stan Campbell - released on the single Nelson Mandela / Break Down The Door in 1984 as a protest against the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela by the apartheid South African government.
The backing vocals were performed by Molly and Polly Jackson, two girls the band's drummer John Bradbury had "met in a bar in Camden", while the chorus was performed by session singers including Claudia Fontaine and Caron Wheeler, who later went on to appear with Soul II Soul.
Unlike most protest songs, the track is upbeat and celebratory, drawing on musical influences from South Africa. The song peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart and was immensely popular in Africa.
In December 2013, following the news of Nelson Mandela's death, the single re-entered at number ninety six on the UK Singles Chart.
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