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Nelson Mandela: 5 Musical Tributes to a Remarkable Hero
Posted By Patrick Kiger On December 5, 2013 @ 4:56 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95 in Johannesburg, South Africa, was one of the most remarkable heroes of the 20th century. He organized and led armed resistance against South Africa’s apartheid regime, which had disenfranchised 23 million black citizens and forced them to live in abysmal poverty, and endured decades of brutal imprisonment as a result. But after his release in 1990, he worked to negotiate a peaceful end to institutionalized racism – an achievement that earned him a share of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize - and eventually became his nation’s first black president from 1994 to 1999.
Mandela’s resolve during his years of confinement inspired numerous musicians, who used their medium to inform listeners about his cause and to build public pressure against the South African regime. Perhaps the highest-profile tribute came from Stevie Wonder. After accepting the Academy Award for “I Just Called To Say I Love You” in 1985, Wonder said that he was accepting the award for the seemingly apolitical love song ”in the name of Nelson Mandela,” which led the South African regime to ban the song from being played on radio there.
Other top artists of the 1980s actually wrote songs about the leader who had become a hero to them. Here are five of the best:
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