RIVONIA

(Hamish Henderson)

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They have sentenced the men of Rivonia,
Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala
The comrades of Nelson Mandela
Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala
He is buried alive on an island
Free Mandela, Free Mandela
He is buried alive on an island
Free Mandela, Free Mandela
Verwoord feared the mind of Mandela
Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala
He was stifling the voice of Mandela
Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala
Free M'Beki, Goldberg, Sisulu
Free Mandela, Free Mandela
Free M'Beki, Goldberg, Sisulu
Free Mandela, Free Mandela

The crime of the men of Rivonia
Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala
Was to organise farmer and miner
Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala
Against baaskap and sjambok and kiri
Free Mandela, Free Mandela
Against baaskap and sjambok and kiri
Free Mandela, Free Mandela

Set free the men of Rivonia
Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala
Break down the walls of their prison
Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala
Freedom and Justice, Uhuru!
Free Mandela, Free Mandela
Freedom and Justice, Uhuru!
Free Mandela, Free Mandela

Power to the heirs of Lutuli!
Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala
The comrades of Nelson Mandela
Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala
Spear of the Nation, unbroken!
Free Mandela, Free Mandela
Amandla Umkhonto we Sizwe
Free Mandela, Free Mandela

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