amandla festival

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amandla festival
95 n harvard st
boston, massachusetts 02134

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Amandla--Festival of Unity—was a world music festival held at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 21, 1979. The word 'Amandla' is from the South-African Zulu language and means 'power', 'strength' or 'energy'.

The goals of the concert were to support and celebrate the liberation of Southern Africa as well as the on-going efforts of people in Boston to end racism in their families, schools, workplaces and communities.

Bob Marley and the Wailers were the headliners, and he made several speeches during the concert. Other performers included Patti LaBelle, jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri, drummer Babatunde Olatunji, the South African band Jabula and comedian Dick Gregory.

Marley was supporting his album "Survival" at the time, his most political album to that point. Around 20,000 people attended the festival.

Bob Marley at Amandla Festival, 1979