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More Than Just A Song

Robin Denselow
Robin Denselow

In a series for the Sunday Supplement first broadcast in August 2006, Robin Denselow explores songs which have had a political as well as an emotional impact.

Nkosi Sikelel i'Afrika was composed by an obscure mission teacher at the end of the 19th century. It became an international symbol of the struggle against apartheid and is now a National Anthem. Robin Denselow tells its story in part one of More Than Just A Song.

In part three, Robin Denselow looks at one of the more unusual hits of 1960s - a country tune that the American Right adopted as its anthem to strike back at leftish flower power.

More Than Just A Song
Part One

More Than Just A Song
Part Two

More Than Just A Song
Part Three

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