LISTEN: 10 Songs For Nelson Mandela

A playlist of music inspired by the great South African

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Nelson Mandela singing and dancing with South African jazz singer Sylvia Mdunyelwa at his staff party in 1997 at Green Dolphin Restaurant, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Celebrating the deeds and legacy of such an extraordinary man as Nelson Mandela, it can be difficult to find the right words. So much better that there is such a vast archive of music composed with him as an inspiration.

This playlist may be able to evoke some of the great ideals, hope and joy that he spread to the world.

Free Nelson Mandela, The Specials

Rolihlahla, Traditional

Mandela (Bring Him Back Home), Hugh Masekela

Ordinary Love, U2

Freedom Now, Tracy Chapman

Mandela, Carlos Santana and Wayne Shorter

Gimme Hope Jo’anna, Eddy Grant

Asimbonanga, Johnny Clegg

Black President, Brenda Fassie

Nelson Mandela, Youssou N’Dour