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More Entertainers Perform In South Africa, Report Says

January 04, 1985|From Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Despite a U.N. cultural boycott of South Africa, the number of entertainers and groups performing in the white-ruled country grew in a year from 211 to 388, according to a report issued Wednesday.

The U.N. report said that 14 names had been deleted from the original list published in October, 1983, because the entertainers and actors had pledged that they would no longer perform in South Africa.

Britain had the highest number of names on the list with 127, including singers Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Rod Stewart and actor Emlyn Williams.

There were 103 names from the United States including those of Paul Anka, the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Chicago, Goldie Hawn, Liza Minnelli, Kenny Rogers, Sha Na Na and Frank Sinatra.

There were names from 26 other countries on the new list including Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.

The 1983 list had 211 names from 23 countries who had performed in South Africa since 1981.

Despite the growth in the list, the U.N. Center Against Apartheid, which issued it, said: "Hundreds of prominent actors, entertainers and musicians have joined the campaign against apartheid," South Africa's system of legal race separation.

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