John Reilly fronted Boy On A Dolphin will open their show with a Nelson Mandela tribute at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, December 15.
They will play their anti-apartheid song Malaika, from debut album Words Inside.
Malaika has had continued airplay in South Africa and was used by the anti apartheid movement - particularly Miriam Makeba - as a symbol of togetherness and love for their homeland.
Boy on a Dolphin toured The US and Europe singing and explaining it’s significance along with their version of Sun City, a song urging artistes not to play the South African gambling and entertainment resort which had been built on land where thousands had been forcibly moved from their homes.
John Reilly, Dolphin front man and solo artiste, today added his tribute following the death of Mandela.
He said: “God Bless our friend Nelson Mandela. Back home no one knew how much it hurt our commercial kudos in The US with our label and some of our audience highlighting the struggle the only way we could through music, but it is something I am very proud of.
“We will now open The Sheffield City Hall show with Malaika. Our tribute to a fine man with a vision of equality and peace.
“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunity. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve! But if needs be it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die for.”
Special guests at their City Hall show include Unite The Union City of Sheffield Brass Band, Mirror cracked and Paul Pashley.
The audience will also see a performance of the Women Of Steel song, which John co-wrote with Eliot Kennedy and John Parr. It was played forst the first time at last month’s Women Of Steel Concert, concert which raised £62,000 on the night towards a statue, honouring city women who kept the steel mills going in two world wars, to be erected in Barkers Pool.
Tickets are £20, with £15 concessions - booking fees may apply. Buy in person, call the Box Office on 01142 789789 or visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk. Also see The Star’s entertainments web site at www.wow247.co.uk.
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