• George Fenton and Jonas Gwangwa - Cry Freedom soundtrack
    (MCA Records  1987  MCA6224)

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    Cry Freedom is a 1987 British-South African epic drama film directed by Richard Attenborough, set in late-1970s apartheid era South Africa. The screenplay was written by John Briley based on a pair of books by journalist Donald Woods. The film centres on the real-life events involving black activist Steve Biko and his friend Donald Woods, who initially finds him destructive, and attempts to understand his way of life. Denzel Washington stars as Biko, while actor Kevin Kline portrays Woods. Cry Freedom delves into the ideas of discrimination, political corruption, and the repercussions of violence.

    The film was primarily shot on location in Zimbabwe and in Kenya due to political turmoil in South Africa at the time of production. As a film showing mostly in limited cinematic release, it was nominated for multiple awards, including Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. It also won a number of awards including those from the Berlin International Film Festival and the British Academy Film Awards.

    A joint collective effort to commit to the film's production was made by Universal Pictures and Marble Arch Productions. It was commercially distributed by Universal Pictures cinematically, and by MCA Home Video for home media. Cry Freedom premiered in cinemas nationwide in the United States on 6 November 1987 grossing $5,899,797 in domestic ticket receipts. The film was at its widest release showing in 479 cinemas nationwide. It was generally met with positive critical reviews before its initial screening in cinemas.

    South African authorities unexpectedly allowed the film to be screened in cinemas without cuts or restrictions, despite the publication of Biko's writings being banned at the time of its release.

    The original motion picture soundtrack for Cry Freedom was released by MCA Records on 25 October 1990. It features songs composed by veteran musicians George Fenton, Jonas Gwangwa and Thuli Dumakude. At Biko's funeral they sing the hymn "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika". Jonathan Bates edited the film's music.

    A live version of Peter Gabriel's 1980 song "Biko" was released to promote the film; although the song was not on the film soundtrack, footage was used in its video.

    Tracklist

    A1 Crossroads-A Dawn Raid
    A2 Gumboots
    A3 Black Township
    A4 Shebeen Queen
    A5 Asking For Trouble
    A6 Dangerous Country
    A7 Detention
    A8 The Mortuary
    A9 The Funeral
    B1 At The Beach
    B2 The Getaway
    B3 The Frontier
    B4 Last Thoughts
    B5 Deadline
    B6 The Phone Call
    B7 Telle Bridge
    B8 Soweto-& Vocal Reprise
    B9 Cry Freedom

    Credits

    • Music By – George Fenton, Jonas Gwangwa

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    GEORGE FENTON AND JONAS GWANGWA - CRY FREEDOM Soundtrack LP - Nr MINT

    • Product Code: MCA6224
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