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Playlist: Remembering The Life And Legacy Of Nelson Mandela In Song

Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 05:30 PM

South African President Nelson Mandela smiles 16 July 1966 in Paris as he answers journalists' questions during his official visit to France. (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty)

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and a treasured symbol of hope in the struggle against racial oppression, died Thursday at 95.

Born in a country that saw him as a second-class citizen, Mandela was convicted of treason by the white minority government and spent 27 years in prison. After his release in 1990, he led the African National Congress to victory in 1994 -- the first fully democratic election in South African history -- becoming one of the world's most respected statesmen and icons.

Unsurprisingly, Mandela stirred musicians from all over the world to write songs about apartheid and the political strife of the times, and Mandela's inspiring life. To reflect on the impact and importance of Nelson Mandela, Soundcheck has put together a collaborative Spotify playlist of songs that honor and remember him.

If you wish, feel free to add some of your favorites to the list, or make song suggestions in the comments section below.




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Comments [6]

Philip Bennett Zweig from Brooklyn, NY, USA

"Winds Of Change (Mandela To Mandela)," written by Nona Hendryx in 1987. It's about being forced by love of a cause to be separated from the people we love. Although specifically inspired by Madiba and Winnie it could be about any dedicated and committed activist sacrificing family for duty. Deeply moving!

Apr. 22 2014 07:21 PM
Magali Regis & Sylvain Leroux from New York NY

Youssou N'Dour had a whole album dedicated to Nelson Mandela and a hit song named Nelson Mandela on the same album.

Dec. 08 2013 10:18 AM
tunde from Brooklyn, USA

Great list but it is missing a very important song by UB40 - Sing Our Own Song.

Dec. 06 2013 02:16 PM
Lucio Haeser from Brazil

There is one more, from Brazil. Milton Nascimento.

Dec. 06 2013 01:45 PM
Monique van Dorp from Yorkvile

In 1984 The Special A.K.A (formerly The Specials) released "Free Nelson Mandela" written by Jerry Dammers. The song, a massive hit in several countries brought Mandela's message and the price he paid for spreading it to a new demographic.
(From the BBC wire) "After Mr Mandela's death, Dammers said he wanted to see politicians reconsider his call to address poverty through trade justice, the third world debt crisis and international aid."

Dec. 06 2013 10:22 AM
Adrian DeVore from Newark, NJ, USA

Free Nelson Mandela by the Specials

Dec. 05 2013 06:40 PM

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