In December 1989 Nelson Mandela's lawyer and Tony Hollingsworth met to start planning an international campaign event to mark Nelson's impending release.
All plans had to be both secret and adaptable as the date of the release was not known. The objective was to provide a unedited. Fifty four days after his release Tribute broadcast a 41/2 hour event to 61 countries in which Nelson Mandela spoke for 45 minutes.
Artists: Anita Baker, Ben Elton, Bonnie Raitt, Caiphus Semenya, Chrissie Hynde, Daniel Lanois, Denzel Washington, Dudu Pukwana, Geoffrey Oreyama, George Duke, Jackson Browne, Jerry Dammers, Johnny Clegg, JOnas Gwangwa, Jungle Brothers Lenny Henry, Letta Mbulla, Little Steven, Lou Reed, Manhattan Brothers, Mica Paris, Natalie Cole, Neil Young, Neneh Cherry, Neville Brothers, Patti Labelle, Peter Gabriel, Shikisha, Simple Minds, Statsasonic, Terence Trent D'arby, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour
Producer: Tony Hollingsworth
Director: Ken O'Neill
Show Design: JOnathan Park and Mark Fisher
Stage Graphics: 4i Limited
Lighting Directors: Marc Brickman, Peter Greenyer