Michael Buerk celebrates the 90th birthday of inspired revolutionary Nelson Mandela, whose lifelong fight against inequality and injustice included 27 years in prison for his ultimately successful efforts in overthrowing apartheid in his native South Africa. Released in 1990 and retired in 1999 from his post as the country's first democratically elected black president, Mandela more recently has devoted his energies to the problem of HIV/Aids, which each year kills around half a million South Africans. This programme explores his great work and the critical role of music as a means of expression for South Africans and its use in raising awareness of HIV and Aids.
Contributors include Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, the Soweto Gospel Choir and associates of Mandela.
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