Freedom Songs are about passion. About facing bullets fearlessly and defying the odds through song. The songs on this album which were compiled by well-known apartheid activist Sifiso Ntuli, were used to hide protest slogans, banned materials and secret information, etc. Each individual song was used in a particular phase of the struggle and each had a different aim. Singing built the courage necessary for people to take on a seemingly unbeatable opposition.
When Nelson Mandela walked to freedom in 1993 and when the ANC emerged victorious in April 1994, South Africa celebrated with music and song. Each chapter of apartheid, whether it was passive resistance, military action, violence and death, elections, or victories, led to the birth of a new group of songs. In South Africa, song remains an integral emotional release and vital political vehicle amongst the masses. Freedom Songs will not only move you, but also take you on an historical journey that changed the course of a nation.