The Winds of Change

by Various Artists

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A journey through the key music and moments that gave birth to a free, democratic South Africa

Throughout history, in dire political times, people have turned to the creative power of song to transform, heal, and speak. Music gave them a voice, singing of fears, dreams, hardships and joy. Musicians were entertainers, oral historians and social commentators.
South Africa has only recently risen from the oppression of apartheid to become a democratic country—this unique collection of South African music and extracts from significant political speeches charts the journey to freedom from the rising of the struggle through to eventual democracy in 1994.

With the creative use of music and narrative, the special story of our nation unfolds, revealing the massive role of music as a means of protest and survival. All the songs chosen for this collection somehow speak of the miraculous journey to democracy either with their words, in double entendre or by symbolising a specific era. This double album compilation traces the incredible journey of a nation that defied all expectations.

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released April 3, 2004

ACM-CD023

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