Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute

The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute  was a popular-music concert staged on 11 June 1988 at Wembley Stadium, London, and broadcast to 67 countries and an audience of 600 million.  Marking the forthcoming 70th birthday (18 July 1988) of the imprisoned anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, the concert was also referred to as Freedomfest, Free Nelson Mandela Concert, and Mandela Day.  In the United States, the Fox television network heavily censored the political aspects of the concert.  (More from Wikipedia)

Tracy Chapman is from Cleveland, Ohio and was given a ukulele by her mother once she noticed her talent at a young age; she was writing songs by the age of 8.  Tracy’s performance of Fast Car during the nationally televised Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute led to its quick rise up the music charts.  


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