Nelson Mandela

The Musical Legacy of Nelson Mandela

Yesterday, the world lost one of its greatest inspirations for peace, justice and freedom. Nelson Mandela’s leadership in the struggle against apartheid influenced musicians in South Africa and around the world.

Tom Schnabel of Los Angeles’ public radio station KCRW featured a handful of the songs inspired by Mandela in a Rhythm Planet episode this past summer. Likewise, music played a huge role in Mandela’s life, as an NPR piece from this morning highlighted—listening to Bob Marley’s Exodus on cassette for Mandela and his fellow prisoners was almost like “prayer time.”

And yesterday, musicians took to Twitter to express their gratitude and reverence for Mandela’s life’s work. Here’s what a few Levitt performers had to say.

While the AfroBeatles and Kirk Whalum had sonic tributes:

And finally, Mayor A.C. Wharton of Memphis:

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