Mandela Day (song)

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"Mandela Day"
Single by Simple Minds
from the album Street Fighting Years
A-side "Belfast Child"
Released 18 January 1989
Format 5" CD, 3" CD, cassette, 7" vinyl
Genre Alternative rock, Irish folk, world
Length 5:42
Label A&M
Writer(s) Simple Minds
Simple Minds singles chronology
"Don't You (Forget About Me)"
(Reissue)
(1988)
"Mandela Day"
(1989)
"This Is Your Land"
(1989)

"Mandela Day" is a song by the rock band Simple Minds from their album Street Fighting Years. The single is also known as the "Ballad of the Streets" EP, highlighting both "Mandela Day" and "Belfast Child", originally its A-side, which reached No.1 on the British charts in 1989.

It was written for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute (also known as Mandela Day),[1] a concert held at Wembley Stadium, London, in 11 June 1988, as an expression of solidarity with the then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela, and was played live on that day (alongside cover versions of "Sun City" with Little Steven and a cover version of Peter Gabriel's "Biko" on which Gabriel himself took on lead vocals).

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl[edit]

  • UK, Germany: Virgin / SMX 3
  • France: Virgin / 90496
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Belfast Child"   Traditional music, lyrics by Simple Minds 6:39
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "Mandela Day"   Simple Minds 5:42

12" vinyl[edit]

  • UK: Virgin / SMXT 3
  • UK: Virgin / SMX BS (limited edition box set, including 4 black-and-white photographs from the music video)
  • France: Virgin / 80432
  • Germany: Virgin / 611 998
  • Yugoslavia: Jugoton /MXSVIRG 18016
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Belfast Child"   Traditional music, lyrics by Simple Minds 6:39
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "Mandela Day"   Simple Minds 5:42
3. "Biko"   Peter Gabriel 7:31

CD[edit]

  • UK: Virgin / SMXCD3 (3")
  • UK: Virgin / SMXCDT3 (5")
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Belfast Child"   Traditional music, lyrics by Simple Minds 6:39
2. "Mandela Day"   Simple Minds 5:42
3. "Biko"   Peter Gabriel 7:31

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mandela Day – Allmusic

See also[edit]