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The Musical Life and Spirited Words of Nelson Mandela

DECPLAY THE PIAN O REVOLUTION Giving Hope: The Musical Life and Spirited Words of Nelson Mandela Art, especially entertainment and music, is understood by everybody, and it lifts the spirits and the morale of those who hear it. For Nelson Mandela, the leader of the anti- apartheid movement and South Africa's first black president, music was a powerful force. As the world celebrates his remarkable life, we take a look at his extraordinary past and the way in which he used music as a means to encourage change and inspire hope. Born Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela, Nelson Mandela grows up listening to the tribal songs of Xhosa girls in the small town of Transkei "You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope" 1918 Attends primary school near Qunu, where a teacher gives him the nickname 'Nelson'. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" 1925 Obtains law degree from University of South Africa. "It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success" UNISA 1942 The Nationalist Party comes to power and begins implementing apartheid, prompting Mandela's campaign of defiance. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living" 1948 CANIMAIONAL LCONGRES Mandela is elected president of the ANCYL (African National Congress Youth League). "Lead from the back - and let others believe they are in front" OUTH LEAGU 1951 ANC YOUTH SECTION Arrested and charged for violating the Suppression of Communism Act. "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising everytime we fall" FOR A FREE SOUTH AFRICA 1952 Tearn Along with 155 other resistance leaders, Mandela is arrested and charged with high treason. By 1961, all are acquitted. "When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw" 1956 Sixty-nine people protesting against apartheid laws are shot and killed by police in the Sharpeville massacre. "The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear" Later that year, the ANC (African National Congress) is banned, a state of emergency imposed and Mandela is among thousands detained. "I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying" 1960 After being on the run for 17 months, Mandela is charged with IANC sabotage and attempting to violently overthrow the government. He is sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island. "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it" 1964 NELSON MANDELA After 18 years on Robben Island, Mandela is moved to Pollsmoor Prison. According to former inmates, Mandela would give concerts in prison cells to lift prisoners spirits. "It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails" 1982 Referred to as the most powerful protest song ever recorded, Special AKA release the single, 'Free Nelson Mandela' "We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right" Free Nelson Mandela Writen by 1. DammersR. Dakar purnt Vs Mic NELSON MANDELA BREAK DOWN DOOR! SIDE A THE SPECIAL AKA STEREO VS4 42794 MA 4 ASI 1984 FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY South Africa's President PW Botha offers to release Mandela if Chrysalis. he renounces violence. Mandela declines. "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free is an ideal for which I am prepared to die" 1985 President PW Botha steps down and is replaced by F.W de Klerk, who begins dismantling apartheid. "To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others" 1989 Following international outcry, Nelson Mandela is released from prison. He strongly believes that political songs sang in his honour led to his release. "It always seems impossible until it's done" On his first visit to Britain after 27 years in jail, Mandela's first appearance was at an enormous televised concert held in his honour. It is watched by hundreds of millions around the world. "Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation" 1990 Inaugurated as President of South Africa. "A winner is a dreamer who never gives up" 1994 Following his divorce from Winnie in '96, Mandela marries Graça Machel on his 80th birthday. "I am blooming like a flower, because of the love and support she has given me" 1998 Mandela steps down as president. "I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances" 1999 Music for Mandela, a film which explores the significant role music has played in his life, begins filming. "Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished" 2011 Musical tributes for Mandela's 95th birthday flood in. Happy Birthday Mandela! "It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world and at peace with myself" 2013 Design: Bite Digital ( Photo credits: Seth Anderson, Randy OHC, Godfrey Rubens, Valentina Buj, World Economic Forum, Paul Weinberg, Zahur Ramji, South Africa The Good News, Paul Simpson AFRICAN FREE

The Musical Life and Spirited Words of Nelson Mandela

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The ability of music to inspire and uplift is no secret. To a man like Nelson Mandela, music was a way to spread his anti-apartheid, pro-equality message and remind the people of South Africa that the...




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