Morning Song – Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)
Gather round, children. This is how winning political movements sound.
In 1986, when Hugh Masekela released “Bring Him Back Home”, Nelson Mandela—22 years into into a life sentence of imprisonment—had become an international symbol of resistance to the apartheid government of South Africa, and his release from prison a central demand of the growing international movement for a free, democratic and non-racial South Africa.
Four years later, one of the great political miracles in recent times happened on Feb. 11, 1990 when Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Prison a free man, just as Masekela had envisioned.
“Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)” combines a fierce and unyielding militancy, with a buoyant and joyous sound that captures the essence of a people and a movement that expect to win, act accordingly, and in doing so help to speed up the day when victory arrives.