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Song "My African Dream" performed by André Rieu with Johann Strauss orchestra and Kimmy Skota, Mirusia Louwerse, Kalki Schrijvers and The Platin Tenors (Gary Bennett, Thomas Greuel, Béla Mavrák) in South-Africa
Today the song may sound like a pleasant, happy jazz tune that would fit into the club scene. In June 1974 Black people were dancing alright, dancing in the street fighting apartheid. The song is named for a suburban area of Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Flats township was spelled with two “n’s” (Manenberg) but when the album was released they used three n’s in the name.
BITTERNESS AND VIGOROUS PROTEST
Mannenberg the song aroused a gut reaction among Capetonians at the time as it “spoke” eloquently of the forced removals of black people out of District Six and into the bleak and distant new racially explicit “group areas” like Manenberg.