(Something Inside) So Strong

Album: So Strong (1987)
Charted: 4
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Songfacts®:

  • Labi Siffre was profoundly affected by a television documentary from South Africa showing a white soldier shooting at black children. He came out of self-imposed retirement from music in 1985 to write this protest song against apartheid as a response. Siffre originally intended to give the song to another artist to sing, but was convinced to release it himself. It became one the biggest successes of Siffre's career, peaking at #4 in the United Kingdom.
  • Artists who have covered the song include Kenny Rogers as the title track to his 1989 album, and
    Michael Ball, whose 1996 version reached #40 in the UK.
  • The song featured in a 2001 UK advertisement for the Peugeot 307.
  • This was used in Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar's 1993 documentary against female genital cutting, Warrior Marks.

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