Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories
of apartheid ever broadcast, Mandela: An
Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through
rare sound recordings. The series weaves together more than fifty first-person
interviews with an unprecedented collection of archival sound: a rare recording
of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela’s life sentence; a visit between
Mandela and his family secretly taped by a prison guard; marching songs of
guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts
from the African National Congress.
Once thought lost forever, Radio Diaries producer Joe
Richman unearthed a treasure trove of these historic recordings in the basement
archive of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Ultimately, over fifty
hours of archival recordings and many more hours of contemporary interviews
with the living witnesses to South Africa’s turbulent history have gone into
the creation of one of the most moving audio documentaries ever produced. Download and start listening now!