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Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City album mp3

Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City album mp3

Performer: Artists United Against Apartheid
Title: Sun City
Country: Brazil
Released: 1985
Style: Pop Rock, Blues Rock, Contemporary Jazz, Future Jazz, Acoustic, Electro, Synth-pop
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 520

Artists United Against Apartheid was a 1985 protest group founded by activist and performer Steven Van Zandt and record producer Arthur Baker to protest against apartheid in South Africa. The group produced the song "Sun City" and the album Sun City that year, which is considered a notable anti-apartheid song. Sun City was a place where the South African government allowed entertainment that was banned in most of the country.

The Sun City Project gratefully acknowleges the support of the Special Committee Against Apartheid of the United Nations. Special thanks to Jonathan Ehrlich of Levine & Epstein. Special thanks to Bobby Nathan, Joanne Georgio & Mary Cullum. Special thanks to Mitch & Ira Yuspeh In addition to the musicians, Studios, engineers and photographers we would also like to thank the following people who donated their time and services to help in the completion of this record. Bill Adler, Sean Murphy, Pablo Guzman, Nelson George.

Little Steven organized a number of artists for this protest against apartheid, including such heavyweights as Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Run-D. Thankfully, the result was extremely listenable, as well as fiercely political; it's one of the few charity or protest albums that stands up to repeated listenings, thanks to the extended instrumental workouts. Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul. Artists United Against Apartheid. 2. No More Apartheid. Peter Gabriel, Shankar.

Artists United Against Apartheid was organized by "Little Steven" Van Zandt, who discovered Sun City when he traveled to Africa after leaving Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in 1985. Van Zandt considered naming artists who played the Sun City resort in the song, but decided not to. He asked them to participate in the project instead. Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Run-D. Lou Reed, Bonnie Raitt, Bono, Melle Mel, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne, and George Clinton are some of the 54 artists who contributed to the song.

That we can dance while we're organizing is this record's greatest triumph. The five half-brothers of the Wilbury family were hokey but hip, and their individual strengths complemented one another perfectly.

Sun City – Artists Against Apartheid (7:13). No More Apartheid – Peter Gabriel and Shankar (7:10). Revolutionary Situation – Rap Artists from Artists Against Apartheid (6:09). Sun City (Version II) – Artists Against Apartheid (5:45). Let Me See Your ID – Rap and Jazz Artists from Artists Against Apartheid (7:31). The Struggle Continues – Jazz Artists from Artists Against Apartheid (7:05). Silver and Gold – Bono with Keith Richards and Ron Wood (4:44). Originally planning a song on his album about Sun City Little Steven would end up rethinking his initial approach to the project, and decided to release the tune as a single. Rather than performing the song himself, however, he considered using artists from various genres to sing one verse each, hoping to break down musical separatism in the United States as well as apartheid in South Africa. A total of 49 performers joined together on the track.

Sun City was a 1985 album that contained several versions of the Steven Van Zandt-led Artists United Against Apartheid's "Sun City" protest song against apartheid in South Africa as well as other selections in the same vein from that project. Sun City was a modest success, reaching on the Billboard 200 pop albums chart. It did much better in terms of critical reaction, placing at on the Pazz & Jop Critics Poll for albums for that year The album was issued on CD by Razor & Tie in 1993 – but, after the end of apartheid in 1994, eventually went out of print.


A1 Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City 7:10
A2 Peter Gabriel & Shankar No More Apartheid 7:14
A3 Keith LeBlanc Revolutionary Situation 6:16
B1 Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City (Version II) 5:42
B2 Gil Scott-Heron, Melle Mel & Duke Bootee Let Me See Your I.D. 7:19
B3 Miles Davis, Ron Carter, Stanley Jordan, Tony Williams* & Herbie Hancock The Struggle Continues 7:03
B4 Bono, Keith Richards, Ron Wood Silver And Gold 4:34

Companies, etc.

  • Manufactured By – EMI Music Group Of Companies
  • Distributed By – EMI Music Group Of Companies


  • Art Direction – Koppel & Scher, Rosemary Intrieri
  • Backing Vocals [Additional] – Annie Brody Dutka, Daryl Hannah, Kevin McCormick, The Dunnes Stores Strikers
  • Backing Vocals [BLT] – B.J. Nelson, Lottie Golden*, Tina B
  • Backing Vocals [I.D. 3] – Gil Scott-Heron, Robert Gordon*, Steve Walker
  • Bass Guitar – Doug Wimbish
  • Congas [Conga] – Ray Barretto
  • Design [Cover Art] – Tony Wright
  • Double Bass [Acoustic Bass] – Ron Carter
  • Drum Programming – Benjamin Newberry, Keith Le Blanc*, Little Steven
  • Drums – Tony Williams*, Keith Le Blanc*, Ringo Starr, Zak Starkey
  • Engineer – Andy Wallace, Bill Price, Bobby Cohen, Chris Lord-Alge, Gary Wright , George Tutko, James Geddes, Jeff Hendrickson, John Davenport , Michael Smith , Mike O'Donnell, Pat McCarthy, Peter Darmi, Rob Paustin*, Roey Shamir, Steve Kahn , Steve Peck, Tom Lord-Alge
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Alan Friedman, Barbara Milne, Bridget Daly, Chris Lunwinski*, David Sussman, Jamie Chaleff, Ken Collins, Ken Steiger, Kevin Maloney, Lenny Bernstein, Mark Russack*, Michael Weber , Mike Nicoletti, Rob Rushing , Scott Church, Stephen Scharrott, Steve Antebi, Steve Boyer, Tony Viamontes
  • Featuring – Afrika Bambaataa, Tony Williams*, Big Youth, Bob Dylan, Bob Geldof, Bobby Womack, Bonnie Raitt, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, Darlene Love, Daryl Hall, David Ruffin, Duke Bootee, Eddie Kendrick, Fat Boys, George Clinton, Gil Scott-Heron, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Herbie Hancock, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Cliff, Joey Ramone, John Oates, Kashif, Kurtis Blow, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Little Steven, Lou Reed, Malopoets, Michael Monroe, Miles Davis, Nona Hendryx, Pat Benatar, Pete Townshend, Peter Gabriel, Peter Garrett, Peter Wolf, Ray Barretto, Ringo Starr, Ron Carter, Ruben Blades, Run-DMC, Scorpio , Shankar, Sonny Okosuns*, Stanley Jordan, Stiv Bator*, Tina B, Via Afrika, Will Downing, Zak Starkey
  • Guitar – Little Steven, Pete Townshend, Stanley Jordan
  • Keyboards – Herbie Hancock, Richard Scher, Robbie Kilgore
  • Keyboards [Additional] – Zoe Yanakis
  • Mixed By – Chris Lord-Alge, Frank Filipetti, Jay Burnett, John Davenport , Peter Darmi, Tom Lord-Alge
  • Photography By – David Seelig, Starfile*
  • Photography By [Bono By] – Kristen Stetler
  • Photography By [Jackson Browne And Peter Garrett By] – Shelley Ross
  • Photography By [John Oates By] – Neil Winoker
  • Photography By [Little Steven And Arthur Baker In Black And White Photo] – Loren Haynes
  • Photography By [Nona Hendryx, Stiv Bator, Michael Monroe By] – Joby Corney
  • Photography By [Pat Benatar By] – Loren Haynes
  • Photography By [Pete Townshend And Bob Geldof By] – Jonathan Ashby
  • Photography By [Peter Wolf And Tina B By] – Stephen Goldstein
  • Photography By [Ray Barretto, Kurtis Blow, Lou Reed, Bobby Womack With Grandmaster Melle Mel By] – Chase Roe
  • Photography By [Ringo Starr And Zak Starkey] – Barbara Bach*
  • Photography By [Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock And Tony Williams By] – Lisa Podgur
  • Photography By [Shankar By] – Cathe Ishino
  • Photography By [Sun City By] – Chris Steele, Magnum*
  • Producer – Arthur Baker, Arthur Baker, Little Steven, Little Steven
  • Producer [Assistant] – Zoe Yanakis
  • Saxophone – Clarence Clemons
  • Scratches [Scratchers] – D.J. Cheese*, Jam Master Jay
  • Talking Drum – Sonny Okosuns*
  • Trumpet – Miles Davis
  • Violin [Double] – Shankar


Manufactured and distributed by EMI Music Group of Companies, Sydney Australia and Lower Hutt New Zealand.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: ST1-53019
  • Matrix / Runout: ST2-53019
  • Other: Code 32

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
31C 064 240467 Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City ‎(LP, Album) Manhattan Records 31C 064 240467 Brazil 1985
1C 064 24 0467 1, 24 0467 1 Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City ‎(LP, Album) Manhattan Records, Manhattan Records 1C 064 24 0467 1, 24 0467 1 Europe 1985
ST 53019 Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City ‎(LP, Album) Manhattan Records ST 53019 Australia & New Zealand 1985
64 2404671 Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City ‎(LP, Album, Lig) Manhattan Records 64 2404671 Italy 1985
TC-MAN-240467 Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City ‎(Cass, Album) Manhattan Records TC-MAN-240467 Australia & New Zealand 1985

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