Toni Childs – Zimbabwe

American singer Toni Childs now lives in Australia, and sings about an African country from her 1988 debut. The general lyrics about unity and peace could be transplanted elsewhere. Hopefully the singer wasn’t latching on to the care and concern for Africa at the time, that was a pop star cause of the era. However, at this time, fresh from civil war, independence was still new to Zimbabwe, formerly called Rhodesia. Alas, the song proved to be wishful thinking.

Zimbabwe, under dictator Robert Mugabe doesn’t have fair elections, and to near-genocidal proportions does not uphold basic human rights. Economically, while apparently the country is improving, Zimbabwe will be forever known for having something like an inflation rate north of 11 million percent, back in 2008. It was said tourists would pay for their meals at restaurants prior to being served… as the food would cost more if they paid after eating!


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