London, Jan. 27: Bruce Springsteen began his first tour to South Africa with a rendition of the protest song 'Free Nelson Mandela.'
Springsteen never met Mandela, but in an interview told Sky News that he was inspired by Mandela's ability to forgive those who jailed him for 27 years.
The 64-year-old singer was one of the musicians who fought against South Africa's apartheid laws; he even participated in the recording the track 'Sun City' in 1985 to highlight the injustice of the whites-only resort.
Steven Van Zandt, the instigator of the cultural boycott of South Africa and founder of Artists Against Apartheid, was alongside him on stage at Cape Town's Belleville Velodrome.
The movement had raised awareness among Americans about the situation in South Africa as well as tens of thousands of US dollars for anti-apartheid projects. (ANI)