Music plays a crucial role in every society.
Music plays a crucial role in every society. Director Lee Hirsch and producer Sherry Simpson take a look at the role music played in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa with their documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. African music legends like Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, and Vusi Mahlasela, all featured in the film, are also featured throughout the accompanying soundtrack. The passion in each song resonates with the pride and strength of the people who fought for their freedom. Tracks like Makeba's "Bahlei Bonke" and Mahlasela's "When You Come Back" are wonderful examples. Between the film and this soundtrack, Amandla! is a feast for the eyes, ears, and spirit.—RH