In 1988, I was living in Edinburgh when I was asked if I would tour manage a show called Amampondo which was apparently Nelson Mandela’s favourite show. It consisted of a group of 12 South Africans, from Zulu and Xhosa tribes, who performed using drums and big marimbas with huge playing sticks, acrobatics and fantastic dancing, all while wearing tribal gear. It was an amazing show but we faced challenges. It was the apartheid era and everywhere we went we had to get permission to play from the African National Congress.
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