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Ahh ... Sun City Sun City South Africa South Africa
It's time to accept our responsibility Freedom is a priviledge, nobody rides for free Look around the world baby it cannot be denied Some-somebody tell me why are we always on the wrong side? Ain't gonna play Sun City Ain't gonna play Sun City Ain't gonna play Sun City Ain't gonna play Sun City
Will someone tell me what's going on?
Ain't gonna play Sun City Ain't gonna play Sun City Ain't gonna play Sun City Ain't gonna play Sun City
The late 1985's "Sun City" by the one-time only supergroup, Artists United Against Apartheid is somewhat similiar as the USA For Africa and Band-Aid, but also somewhat vastly different at least when it came to aims of what Artists United Against Apartheid was trying to achieve. Since the end of the 1950's, the white South African government mainly composed of Dutch settlers known as Afrikanners had set up an extreme version of the way the U.S. south dealt with racial segregation before the 1960's, with the majority native blacks being segregated in homelands that offered very little in the way of getting out of extreme poverty, while at the same time expecting them to take the menial jobs that most Afrikanners would not do. Many blacks rebelled, several whites did not except this either and many went to jail, and many died before the song "Sun City" came out. Also, at this time in 1985, President Ronald Reagan and the U.S. Senate refused to "divest" from sending funds to the Afrikanner government dispite the knowledge of what was going on and the extreme racism there, also several white musical artists (and a few American and British black musical artists) would go in concert in a resort called Sun City (that still exist) on the southern coast of South Africa that showed the extremes of the Apartheid system that was in place. Many other artists were fed-up with this (one of them was The Boss, Bruce Springsteen -- Springsteen sings one of the most starkest lines about "stabbing our brothers and sisters in the back") and out of that disgust at both their fellow artists and the lack of the U.S. government "divesting". Mentioned in the tune is Sun City, the country of South Africa and one of the homelands that Sun City was surrounded by, Boputhuswana.
Submitted by: Peter
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