What no one had thought to
Bob and his team of was the precise nature of the first show they
would be playing. The concert was scheduled for the slot immediately
following the independence ceremony, and was to be performed for an
exclusive audience of assembled dignitaries and media. As well as the ZANLA
party faithful, the international luminaries included Zimbabwe's first Prime
Minister Robert Mugabe, Britain's Prince Charles and India's Indira Gandhi.
Such a schedule implied that the events would have an exact order. But
instead, Mick Cater said: '"It was complete anarchy.
Bob went on immediately
after the flag-raising ceremony. We'd arrived at 8:30 in the evening, and
were leisurely getting ready. We hadn't realised just how suddenly they
expected us onstage. When they announced us, we weren't ready at all."
In fact, the first official words uttered in Zimbabwe, following the raising
of the new nation's flag, were, "Ladies and gentlemen, Bob Marley and The