“Biko” by Peter Gabriel

24 09 2013

While I’m thinking of songs about South Africa, here’s Peter Gabriel, from 1980:

I can honestly say that this song made me more aware of South Africa and apartheid than anything else I read or heard about. “And the eyes of the world are watching now.”

When I was younger, I believed that a race war in South Africa was inevitable. Nelson Mandela prevented that, pretty much all by himself. I don’t have heroes, as a rule, since most people contain good bits and bad bits. But Mandela is one of mine.




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