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I ain’t gonna play Sun City May 15, 2009

Posted by Domenico in Music.
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Today I’m in the happy mood, due to the weekend starting in a few hours! On top of that, yesterday had a full-day-headache, due to the very bad weather but today should be better (hopefully!). Yesterday I talked with Spyros (a colleague of mine that I think is very much into music) and he brought me back in time by simply asking me “Do you know anything about a CD named Sun City“?
That sentence rang a bell in my brain and reminded me of the ’80s when the specific song, played by Artists United Against Apartheid came along, replacing the commercial “We Are The World” crap with something much better.

I remember the initiator of this initiative was Little Steven (guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) who was able to involve dozens of musicians to work on the project. Among the other, there were  Peter Gabriel, members of U2, Springsteen himself, Hall and Oates, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Run DMC, Lou Reed, Jackson Browne and Keith Richards.

I found the following about Sun City itself:
“Sun City is a large casino resort in the north-west of South Africa. During the apartheid years it was located in ‘independent’ state of Bophuthatswana, a phoney political construct that enabled white South Africans to visit a casino, gamble and attend strip shows, even though these activities were illegal within South Africa itself. Although the United Nations had placed a cultural ban on artists touring or performing in South Africa, many notable American and European acts ignored this and received large sums to perform at Sun City’s massive auditorium. Amongst those to defy the ban included Linda Ronstadt, Queen, Laura Branigan, Rod Stewart, Julio Iglesias – and, ironically, black singers such as Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick and Boney M.”

So, let’s listen to this song while we wait for the weekend to start:

Domenico

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1. Gio - May 15, 2009

you mean i was listening to some meaningful music in the 80s?!?!?! wow. that’s a new feeling … great end of the weekend, dome, thanks!

We’re rockers and rappers united and strong
We’re here to talk about South Africa we don’t like what’s going on
It’s time for some justice it’s time for the truth
We’ve realized there’s only one thing we can do

I ain’t gonna play Sun City

Relocation to phony homelands
Separation of families I can’t understand
23 million can’t vote because they’re black
We’re stabbing our brothers and sisters in the back

I ain’t gonna play Sun City

Our government tells us we’re doing all we can
Constructive Engagement is Ronald Reagan’s plan
Meanwhile people are dying and giving up hope
This quiet diplomacy ain’t nothing but a joke

I ain’t gonna play Sun City

Boputhuswana is far away
But we know it’s in South Africa no matter what they say
You can’t buy me I don’t care what you pay
Don’t ask me Sun City because I ain’t gonna play

I ain’t gonna play Sun City

It’s time to accept our responsibility
Freedom is a privilege nobody rides for free
Look around the world baby it can’t be denied
Why are we always on the wrong side

I ain’t gonna play Sun City

Relocation to phony homelands
Separation of families I can’t understand
23 million can’t vote because they’re black
We’re stabbing our brothers and sisters in the back

2. Andrea - May 15, 2009

Nkosi Sikeleli Africa…

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