Pat spoke to Tony Hollingsworth who organised the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute – a global broadcast event at Wembley Stadium 25 years ago.
Tony got the idea for the first Mandela global broadcast event after talking to singer Jerry Dammers of the Speicals ska band who had written the song Free Nelson Mandela in 1984 and founded the Artists Against Apartheid organisation the following year. Hollingsworth contacted Dammers to say that Greater London Council where he was a consultant might be able to fund the AAA.
Artists involved, Simple Minds, Dire Straits, George Michael, Whitney Houston, Aswad Hank Wangford, .......Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela. Eric Clapton and he got Harry Belafonte spoke.
It not merely filled Wembley Stadium but was televised in at least 67 countires to an audience of 600 million people raising worldwide consciousness about Mandela’s imprisonment by the South African apartheid regime.
18 month after the concert with Mandela now free, Mandela through his solicitor arranged a similar event to celebrate his release so that Mandela could address the world...the second event the Nelson Mandela An International Tribute for a Free South Africa was like the first to be broadcast around the world and was broadcast from Wembley Stadium to 61 Countries and 500 million audience on April 16 1990 54 days after his release. Wembley was filled with 74,000 capacity.