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Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid (1986)

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A protest organization of rock musicians musically declare their boycott of a major South African resort and the making of that video is discussed.

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Credited cast:
Via Afrika ...
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Iqbal Akhund ...
Himself - Asst. Secretary General (as Iqbai Akhund)
Tina B. ...
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Ray Barretto ...
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Stiv Bators ...
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Big Youth ...
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In this music video, the musician members of the protest organization, Artists Against Apartheid, announce in song their refusal to perform at the major South African resort, Sun City, while that country's tyrannically racist policy of Apartheid is in effect. In addition, the making of this video and the main political motivations of the participants is also depicted and discussed. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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Sun City
Written by Steven Van Zandt
Performed by Artists United Against Apartheid
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!!! SPOILERS !!! Great message, intimate footage, laughable 80's time-capsule
4 February 2006 | by (Venice, CA.) – See all my reviews

Most who lived in the 80's remember the song of the same title however, few saw the video. I'm sure that many of the artists featured have looked back & said to themselves, "GOD, what the hell was i wearing/saying when they recorded that?!". The admirable efforts of producers Arthur Baker & Little Steven (of East Street Band fame) to get hordes of celebrity musicians together in one place at the same time comes across as a 1st year high school student's editing project. This is mostly because the footage used is from so many different sources (recording sessions/music video shoots/stock footage/etc.) & the whole thing is glossed over with a healthy helping of 80's cheese. WARNING! if you are at all allergic to pastel colours or bright flashing neon, avoid this video ! The highlight for me was seeing Miles Davis in a studio session, he was apparently living at his summer-home on Pluto at the time. Not only does he get a compliment from Bonnie Raitt, (who is obviously uncomfortable w/ his intoxication) he records his vocals while CHEWING GUM ! Other highlights, for me were RUN DMC, Herbie Hancock, Fat Boys, Bono (sporting a ridiculous mullet!), Kurtis BLOW, Afrika Bambaataa, & Jackson Browne (all cholo'ed out!). A classic 80's time-capsule.


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