Gimme Hope Jo'anna

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"Gimme Hope Jo'anna"
Gimme hope Jo'anna.jpg
Single by Eddy Grant
from the album File Under Rock
B-side"Say Hello to Fidel"
Released1988 (1988)
Format7", 12"
RecordedBlue Wave Studios, Saint Philip, Barbados
GenreWorldbeat
Length3:47
LabelParlophone, EMI
Songwriter(s)Eddy Grant
Producer(s)Eddy Grant
Eddy Grant singles chronology
"Boys in the Street"
(1984)
"Gimme Hope Jo'anna"
(1988)
"Harmless Piece of Fun"
(1988)

"Gimme Hope Jo'anna" is an anti-apartheid song written and originally released by Eddy Grant in 1988, during the apartheid era in South Africa. The song was banned by the South African government when it was released, but was widely played in South Africa nonetheless.[1] It reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Grant's first top 10 hit for more than five years.[citation needed]

Lyrics[edit]

"Jo'anna" is a reference to Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa. "The Archbishop who's a peaceful man" is a reference to Desmond Tutu, the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town who received the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against apartheid.

Track listings[edit]

7" single

  1. "Gimme Hope Jo'Anna" — 3:47
  2. "Say Hello to Fidel" — 4:41

12" maxi

  1. "Gimme Hope Jo'Anna"
  2. "Say Hello to Fidel"
  3. "Living on the Frontline" (live version)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Use[edit]

Yop used a cover of the song to re-launch their yogurt drink in 2004 re-working the lyrics to "Give me Yop me mamma"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Eddy Grant gave hope to South Africa". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo'anna" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo'anna" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  5. ^ "Lescharts.com – Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo'anna" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo'anna". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.ukmix.org/showthread.php?45645-Israel-Singles-Charts-1987-1995/page2
  8. ^ a b "I singoli più venduti del 1988" (in Italian). Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 15, 1988" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo'anna" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo'anna". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo'anna". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo'anna". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  16. ^ 1988 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Archived 22 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 17 June 2008)
  17. ^ "1988 Belgian Flanders Singles Chart" (in Dutch). ultratop.be. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  18. ^ "TOP - 1988". Top.france.free.fr. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Single top 100 over 1988" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  20. ^ "End Of Year Charts 1988". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  21. ^ 1988 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 7 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 17 June 2008)
  22. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 142 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  23. ^ "Les certifications depuis 1973, database" (in French). Infodisc. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2010.

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