Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died last Thursday at the age of 95. I hadn’t listened to the news all day. Where was I that no one told me of his death? Where did I go all day? Why did I not hear the shock and the buzz of remembrance of his life?

At 7:30 I brought dinner to my friends downstairs, and Tom told me. He brought out his computer and played “Free Nelson Mandela” by the Specials, followed by “Johannesburg” by Gil Scott Heron, and then he asked, “Have you ever seen Amandla!” I hadn’t. I recommend it to you if you haven’t seen it or if you have seen it to show it to a friend. It was a great gift from my friends to see it with them. Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, from 2002, includes iInterviews, archival footage, and filmed performances that highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid.


Amandla! and the Specials AKA


  1. The world feels oddly changed…thanks for the Amandla! because I missed it somehow. I keep hoping we are moving towards more kindness, more love, more focus on peace.

    Plato: Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. (At least I think I remember it was Plato said that! Ah well. The sentiment is true whoever said it.)

  2. Lynn Ziegler says:

    Maya Angelou cried this morning during an interview with Andrea Mitchell, grateful that she could still remember his courage, his dignity and his goodness. I cried with her. AMANDLA! May Blessings follow you through the Universe, Madibe.

  3. I too missed the sad news of the passing of this wonderful man, but I don’t worry that I did. The need to be immediately informed of everything is extremely overrated IMHO. Not being aware gives others the chance to inform you of important events. AND thanks for the Amandla suggestion.

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