This documentary chronicles the life and struggles of Nelson Mandela. The music plays an important role in the anti-apartheid movement because it provided a political platform of rebellion against the harsh government rule. It also became sort of an underground newspaper, passing information from group to group. When the police would ask why groups of blacks were congregating, they would say, “we’re just singing.”
Recordings were declared “undesirable” and could not be circulated, and became black market albums. The radio in South Africa was censored, however, the neighboring nations in Africa were able to broadcast news and information into the country.
We are pleased to give “Music for Mandela” the Dove Seal for audiences ages 12 and above. The subject matter will be appreciated by older viewers who understand the racial and political times in South Africa.