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Radio Freedom

Radio Freedom was the radio propaganda arm of the African National Congress during the anti-Apartheid struggle from the 1970s through the 1990s. It was the oldest liberation radio station in Africa.[1] While the broadcasts were from different radio stations (including those of Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Ethiopia, and Madagascar[2]), their station identifications all sported the trademark introduction familiar to many from the KLF song "3 a.m. Eternal": machine-gun fire, followed by a variation of

This is Radio Freedom, the voice of the African National Congress and its military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe...

Winnie Mandela[3] and several people featured in Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony credit Radio Freedom as a significant comforting, rallying, and organizing factor in the fight against Apartheid.

Listening to Radio Freedom in Apartheid-era South Africa was a crime carrying a penalty of up to eight years in prison.


  1. ^ Mosia, Lebona; Riddle, Charles; Zaffiro, Jim (1994). "From Revolutionary to Regime Radio: Three Decades of Nationalist Broadcasting in Southern Africa" (PDF). Africa Media Review (African Council for Communication Education) 8 (1). 
  2. ^ "Southern African Clandestines of the 1970s". Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  3. ^ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. "Zambia: Midwife of Our Freedom, Says Winni". Retrieved 2006-10-11. 

External links

  • African History on the Internet - Colonial Period
  • Search the ANC website for "radio freedom"
  • Some music with extensive Radio Freedom quotes
  • Radio Freedom: Voice of the African National Congress... (Documentary CD)

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