“…it has been written so that everyone can share my experiences… but it is not just my story. It is the story of all of us and our struggle to be free…”.
This is how Mandela was introducing the release of the abridged version of his biography, “Long Walk to Freedom”.
18 July is internationally commemorated as “Nelson Mandela Day” (Madiba’s birthday) and, as “World Listening Day”. Joining celebration of Madiba and of Listening, I’m re-launching “LONG WALK abridged” a radio piece from 2007, based on recordings which I made in Johannesburg in March 2006. The piece had been “underground” and off-line for a couple of years now. At the time, it was broadcast by Resonance fm in London and across the RADIA network of independent radio station. I’m re-launching it free for download with a page on archive.org, linked to its original site on the RADIA website; and I anchor it on the All Africa Sound Map with a couple of clippings of previously unreleased footage from the original recordings in Park Station Johannesburg.