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Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony Review

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Documentary that charts the history of the Apartheid years and the increasing power of music and lyrics that were a means of solidarity for a nation.

★★★★

Negro spirituals, the blues... sometimes, beautiful music can be born from oppression. The same was true of South Africa during the harsh decades under Apartheid. Once again, the spirit of a black people refused to be crushed by white laws, but instead burst out in songs that became part of the struggle, what jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim calls "revolution in four-part harmony".

Mixing key interviews, performance clips and archive footage, this documentary charts the history of the Apartheid years and the increasing power of lyrics that were a means of solidarity for a nation. That this music flourished under persecution is a victory in itself; that a new political era also dawned is testament to the good in humanity.

If your anti-Apartheid musical knowledge only goes as far as The Specials' Free Nelson Mandela, this is a toe-tapping, thought-provoking education.

If your anti-Apartheid musical knowledge only goes as far as The Specials' Free Nelson Mandela, this is a toe-tapping, thought-provoking education.