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Thread #138424   Message #3169267
Posted By: Steve Byrne
12-Jun-11 - 08:13 AM
Thread Name: Hamish Henderson Archive appeal
Subject: RE: Hamish Henderson Archive appeal
ON this day in 1964, the Rivonia trial sent Nelson Mandela and comrades to prison - Mandela spent 9,377 days behind bars. Hamish Henderson wrote one of the earliest songs of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, 'Rivonia', sometimes called 'Free Mandela', in the same year.

Listen to Hamish sing his own song over at Kist o Riches / Tobar an Dualchais (although it sounds as if the tape is a bit slow) - this was in 1973 and the song sounds like it had already become fairly well known.

And while you're at it, why not think about contributing to the campaign to secure the papers of this important folklorist, poet, and peace campaigner. Even a fiver would help! Link above.