Monday, July 18, 2016


Ninety-eight years ago on this day, a legend was born. A man who made history. A charismatic leader who led the revolution for equality and freedom of every man in South Africa. The legend named Mandela, lovingly called Madiba. 

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to peace, the birth anniversary of this ant-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa celebrated as Mandela Day. And needless to say he loved music... and dance.

His silent battle of 27 years in prison garnered the support of the music community from across the world to support his cause. Some of the biggest musicians have revered him during his life with songs, albums and even poems. As we celebrate the life of this great legend, we recall some of the great music dedicated to him. 

Youssou N'Dour - Nelson Mandela

The Senegalese singer dedicated his debut album to the great man - including this title song. 

Carlos Santana - Mandela 

From Afro-beats to a singing 'guitar' of Carlos Santana - it still tells a story of a legend. 

Johnny Clegg - Asimbonanga 

Back to South Africa with a dedication in Zulu by Johnny Clegg - a singer who attracted controversy due to the different races of musicians who were part of his band even in the days of apartheid. He actually got a chance to perform his tribute with the man himself 'Nelson Mandela' joining him on stage in 1999. 

"Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music." - Nelson Mandela

The legend who cherished the blessing of music also has been honored by films. 

Music For Mandela

"Music for Mandela" the theatrical documentary explores the role music played in his extraordinary life. 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - an excellent biopic was released is 2013 - the year of his death.

The film's OST featured a heartfelt song by U2 - Ordinary Love

Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact.

Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.

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