CONCERT IN THE PARK - VARIOUS
InfoOWN A PIECE OF HISTORY
In 1985,economic and consumer boycotts, mass demonstrations and general political turmoil was at its height. South Africa was on the brink of a state of emergency. Yet one brave radio station, through the power of music, pulled off an historical event which captured the imagination of a troubled nation. This was the Concert in the Park.702 music radio, broadcasting on medium wave, called to action over 100,000 people, from all walks of life, to celebrate South African music and to demonstrate their concern for the country's hungry people. So successful was the call that, as the day progressed, 702 had to send out appeals to the public to stop coming to Ellis Park, because by late afternoon the stadium was jam packed and crowds were gathering outside. There is no doubt that this was a significant political and musical milestone in South African history.
The concert was the brainchild of media mogul Issy Kirsh and record executive Hilton Rosenthal. The mission was simple: get South Africans together and give back to the community by supporting and raising money for Operation Hunger. The artists that featured represented the cream of South African Music at the time, most of whom went on to become multi platinum sellers and achieve world wide recognition There were 22 artists on the bill and these included Juluka, Brenda Fassie, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Hotline, E'void, Margaret Singana, Petit Cheval, Mara Louw and Steve Kekana amongst others. In May 1985 an album of the Concert in The Park was released by Tusk music and it has become a highly sought after and collectable item. Sadly it is no longer available. Recently, after almost 25 years while going through their archives Trilion Video, who shot and edited the concert for television broadcast, unearthed the concert footage and realising the immense value of the material set about thinking what best to do with it.
The concert has now been digitally re-mastered and packaged as a DVD and CD combo. As the original sponsors of the concert Talk Radio 702 will once again be involved in the promotion as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations. This is a piece of musical history and will appeal to a large segment of the population. In Keeping with the spirit of the original concert a percentage of the royalties from the sale of the DVDCD will be donated to the African Childrens Feeding Scheme started in 1945 by Bishop Trevor Huddleston.
This documentary DVD also includes exclusive interviews with many of the key players at the time, including some of the artists.