It was with great sadness we learned yesterday of the death of Nelson Mandela, Tata Madiba, the father of our Country, South Africa. We had planned to bring you today a holiday season special, but we’ve decided to hold that over until next week. Instead, we have a very special introduction by our friend Toby Tobias after which he will perform a new song with his Ensemble dedicated to Madiba. This is the first public broadcast of this new work. After that we will run an edited repeat of our episode (first aired in June this year) dedicated to the music about Nelson Mandela by South Africans ourselves. But before we hear from Toby Tobias, we take a listen to the African National Congress Choir’s dedication to Nelson Mandela called Usilethela Uxolo, or Nelson Mandela Brings us Peace. Madiba certainly did and he will rest peacefully.
Sleep well Madiba. Thank you for everything. Hamba kakuhle.
In this episode, we feature the music of:
- The Toby Tobias Ensemble
- Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
- The ANC Choir
- Hugh Masekela
- Abdullah Ibrahim
- Bright Blue
- Brenda Fassie
- Lucky Dube
- Vusi Mahlasela
- The Alexandra Youth Choir
If you enjoyed this show, there’s more in Part 2.
We would like to say thank you to Toby Tobias for that special introduction and for giving us his new song to play first as a dedication to Madiba. Find out more about Toby and his Ensemble at tobytoby.com.
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