‘Every revolution needs a soundtrack.’

‘Every revolution needs a soundtrack.’


Sugar Man, America rejected you, six copies sold or so.

Fame laughed and left as your dreams shattered, playing

face-hidden, back-turned, in down-town bars and discos.

Just one of the six carried your voice to free our country.


Searching, it took a fan to reveal your struggle - hard days!

Once we taste your passion, ingest the words you weave

Beguiling and ballooning us, we swallow your sweet ways.

Hooked on freedom’s promise - not lost in the stampede.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2014

South Africa embraced - his music became the anthem of their struggle.

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◄ Mamba

"These single socks seem to think I have nothing better to do than run a dating agency for them." ►


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Frances Macaulay Forde

Sun 5th Aug 2018 05:12

Thank you for taking the time to read - and the like, Kate G.

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Mon 2nd Jul 2018 16:25

Yes, Martin you would have heard of him... it's a fascinating story and all true!

I won't spoil it for you, just watch the doco - it's worth every minute of your time!

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Mon 2nd Jul 2018 16:22

Thanks for the likes David, Colin and Darren.

If you haven't seen the documentary, I highly - HIGHLY recommend you do.

Here's a preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpwmkC_-yaQ

P.S. I've just noticed David also linked this preview. Thanks David. Yes, I saw it quite a few years ago. Also my hubby happened to be studying at Cape Town Uni when his songs became the anthem for student demos.


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Martin Elder

Mon 2nd Jul 2018 11:02

I am fairly certain I have heard about this guy in that as you state he did a lot but was not commercially successful
nice poem

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Mon 2nd Jul 2018 10:51

amazing how some stories pass us by unnoticed or not enough to register interest for whatever reason. Thanks for this Frances - I feel I have some catching up. All the best, Colin.

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 2nd Jul 2018 08:39

I'm sure you've seen this Frances, if not you must give it a watch.

A great remembrance.


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Don Matthews

Mon 2nd Jul 2018 08:34

Gosh this is good Frances. Could we say the Beatles soundtracked a revolution?.. Every revolution needs a soundtrack...

Don 😎

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