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Zak Starkey's work with:
Artists United Against Apartheid

Zak, Little Steven and RingoArtists United Against Apartheid was Little Steven VanZandt's project to heighten awareness among performers, the public and governments about the Apartheid conditions in South Africa, as well as raise money (through the record's royalties) for The Africa Fund. According to the record sleeve, The Africa Fund was a charitable trust based in NYC, to benefit political prisoners & their families in South Africa, educational & cultural needs of South African exiles, and educational work of antiapartheid groups in the US.

It began with Steven's song "Sun City" - about the mega resort-hotel-casino-entertainment tourist mecca complex in Northwest South African. Many performing artists and sports figures were being paid big big tempting bucks to come and overlook the "situation" of black oppression and perform for the privileged. The message was to boycott not only Sun City, but all of South Africa on the economic, cultural, and sports-related fronts.

The title track features both Ringo Starr and Zak Starkey - father and son drum together for the first time here. They can be seen recording their bit in Startling Studios (Tittenhurst) for a few seconds in the music video released for the title track, and in "the making of" video.

The Album:

cd cover(Various) Artists United Against Apartheid - SUN CITY
LP-US: Manhattan Records, ST53109 [1985]
Cassette-US: Manhattan Records, 4XT-53019 [1985]
LP-UK:EMI 1C064 240467 1 [1985]
CD [released 03/30/1993] - Razor & Tie Music - RE 2007

Tracks: Credits:
Sun City 7:09

Artists Against Apartheid, featuring: Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr - drums
full credit listing: (covers entire lp)
Little Steven (vocals, guitar, drum programming)
Ray Barretto (vocals, conga)
Peter Wolf, Kurtis Blow, Duke Bootee, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick, Joey Ramone, Jimmy Cliff, Daryl Hall, Lou Reed, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Nona Hendryx, Kashif, Big Youth, Peter Garrett, Malopoets, Sonny Okosuns, Gil Scott-Heron, Afrika Bambaataa, Ruben Blades, Bono, George Clinton, Peter Gabriel, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Bonnie Raitt, Run DMC, Bruce Springsteen, John Oates, Michael Monroe, Darlene Love (vocals)
Zak Starkey, Tony Williams, Ringo Starr (drums)
Sonny Okosuns (talking drums); Keith LeBlanc(drums, drum programming); Benjamin Newman (drum programming)
Pete Townshend, Stanley Jordan, Keith Richards, Ron Wood (guitars)
Shankar (double violin); Clarence Clemmons (saxophone); Miles Davis (trumpet)
Herbie Hancock, Richard Scher, Robbie Kilgore, Zoe Yanakis, (keyboards)
Doug Wimbish (bass); Ron Carter (acoustic bass)
Jam Master Jay, DJ Cheese (scratches)
Daryl Hannah, B.J. Nelson, Lottie Golden, Tina B., Kevin McCormick, The Dunnes Stores Strikers, Annie Brody Dutka And The I.D., Robert Gordon, Steve Walker (background vocals)

No More Apartheid 7:09 Peter Gabriel and Shankar
Revolutionary Situation 6:07 Rap Artists from Artists Against Apartheid
compiled and edited by Keith Le Blanc and The News Dissector
Sun City (Version II) 5:42 Artists Against Apartheid
see title track credits
Let Me See Your ID 7:29 Rap and Jazz Artists from Artists Against Apartheid
features: Gil Scott-Heron, Miles Davis, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Peter Wolf,Sonny Okosuns, Malopoets, Duke Bootee, Ray Baretto, Peter Garrett
The Struggle Continues 7:01 Jazz Artists from Artists Against Apartheid
features: Miles Davis, Stanley Jordan, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Okosuns, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Richard Scher
Silver And Gold 4:41 Bono with Keith Richards and Ron Wood.
**Sun City (The Last Remix) (9:35) Artists Against Apartheid
see title track credits
**Bonus track - only on CD issue! (previously only available on the 12" single) Find it used on


7" vinyl:
Sun City (4:58) b/w Not So Far Away (Dub Mix) (5:56)
Manhattan Records, MT7 50017 (Sept 1985)
45 cover
12" single:
Sun City(Last Remix) b/w Not So Far Away (Dub Version)
Manhattan Records, (12") #V56013 (Sept 1985)

other releases

Promo LP:
Voices Of Sun City: Artists Speak Out On Apartheid And The Sun City Record Project
no photo (released in Manhattan sleeve w/sticker)
Promo Video:
Voices of Sun City: Artists Speak Out On Apartheid And The Sun City Record Project
Manhattan (SPRO953)
no photo

Commercial Video:
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid
Karl-Lorimar Home Video - 012
1985 VHS [45 minutes]

Also released in Japan:
Tohokushinsha Home Video 67 153-58
complete with commentary insert in Japanese
scan thanks to B-ko (Yumiko Shirai)

Sun City Video
The Making of Sun City
The Home Video
japanese VHS

Commercial Book
Sun City: The Making of the Record, by Dave Marsh
1985 Penguin Books, NY - ISBN:0 14 00 8997 7

Find it used on


Little Steven's site has full details about the project, its money distribution, and many many other good reading tips!

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