Release date: 1988
Nelson Mandela passed last week ... I choose to give him a last goodbye and thank you with this song written by Simple Minds when the man was still in prison and nobody seen him for the last 25 years ...
"Mandela Day" is a song by the rock band Simple Minds from their album Street Fighting Years. The single is also known as the "Ballad of the Streets" EP, highlighting both "Mandela Day" and "Belfast Child", originally its A-side, which reached No.1 on the British charts in 1989.
It was written for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute (also known as Mandela Day), a concert held at Wembley Stadium, London, in 11 June 1988, as an expression of solidarity with the then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela, and was played live on that day (alongside cover versions of "Sun City" with Little Steven and a cover version of Peter Gabriel's "Biko" on which Gabriel himself took on lead vocals). You can see the video at the bootom of this page.
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