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Idris Elba Has Made An Album Based On His Experience Playing Nelson Mandela.

From the looks of things, it seems that Idris Elba has taken his passion and admiration for Nelson Mandela very seriously.

Moving beyond his recent role in the Justin Chadwick biopic, Elba was so inspired by the research he did as part of the preparation for his role that he put together an concept album based on the music Mandela enjoyed.

Titled Mi Mandela, the experimental album was made over the course of three weeks and features 11 unique songs, some made with the help of local talent like producer Spoek Mathambo, Ndebele music legend Nothembi Mkhwebane and singing group the Mahotella Queens.

Whilst Elba, who DJs and releases music under the name ‘Driis’, is no stranger to producing songs and making mixes, he’s enlisted a wide range of artists including James Blake, Mumford & Sons, Mr Hudson and Cody ChesnuTT.

The album is due out November 24th but look out for the first single featuring Maverick Sabre a little sooner.

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All Africa, All the time.

Any person who makes everyone happy is not real, and the Mandela that does so is not the real Mandela but the one the world has constructed, removing the parts of the man some people did not like.

Many use this Mandela to project themselves as real defenders of his legacy while not living according to his values and disregarding what he stood for.

Like hypocrites in religion, they only extract what makes them happy from Mandela and disregard the rest.

It is an image of a very liberal Nelson Mandela who expected South Africa to be perfect within a very short space of time.

It’s an image of a man who is a messiah, who delivered freedom and democracy to South Africa single handedly.

This cropped out image of Mandela from the real one is ingrained in the minds of those who resist transformation and economic freedom of black people Mandela fought for.

These anti-transformation, anti-justice and very ignorant people use this image to protect what they have.

They easily tell people to “get over apartheid” which Mandela spent his life fighting against.

Extract from South African student activist and writer 's piece “There is a Mandela we should all reject and hate”.

Any op-ed piece about Nelson Mandela that doesn’t take on the usual peace-loving, always smiling, ‘Rainbow Nation’ messiah format will undoubtedly be met with great criticism and anger from those who were sold and bought into this image of the late anti-apartheid leader and human rights activist (seriously, just read the comments under the article).

But the fact of the matter remains that Mandela did not become a pivotal anti-apartheid figure by establishing himself as everyone’s favourite docile father-figure. From with his early days as a lawyer and later with the African National Congress (ANC), Mandela was a radical who was deemed a terrorist by the West and co-founded the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Zulu for ‘spear of the nation/people’). During and after his time spent incarcerated on Robben Island, Mandela made many statements that would not sit well with many who in turn seem to calculatedly omit when reflecting on the importance of Madiba’s legacy.

This is not to say that we cannot or should not refer to Mandela’s social and political views and policies when analyzing the current state of the ANC. It’s clear that in many ways, the current ruling party has failed to deliver on promises made as far back s the 1990s. The danger lies when people use Mandela’s words against each other, for their own gain, or as a means of erasure. Citing the term ‘rainbow nation’ as a case for why affirmative action is irrelevant (because apartheid is over and we’re all equal now) is not only ignorant but spits in the face of justice and true reform.

Too often, leaders not from the West are often cast in one-dimensional roles that make them out to either be heroes or villains with no in-betweens when we know that history and politics are always exceptionally complex.

As Hasane so aptly puts it, there’s a difference between ‘getting over apartheid’, and forgiving as a necessary part of the healing process but in no way forgetting the atrocities and injustices of the past. We’d also do well to remember that Mandela was no saint, nor was he perfect in any way. There is no single Mandela story.

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Written shortly after his death, His Day is Gone was Maya Angelou’s tribute to the late first democratically elected president of South Africa and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela. In the poem, Angelou pays tribute to the Mandela’s fighting spirit, chronicles his life and highlights his infinite legacy as a man and leader whose conviction to the cause of his people was felt all around the world.

Maya Angelou first met Nelson Mandela in Cairo, Egypt, in 1962. Angelou was living in Cairo at the time and Madiba was on a secret trip to London, via Egypt’s capital. Although the two had arranged to correspond after meeting, Mandela was arrested shortly after he returned to South Africa. It would not be until 1993 at President Clinton’s inauguration, where Angelou recited a poem, that the two would once again be in the same place.

Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014).
RIP, phenomenally.

News of Mandela’s release on British newspaper ‘The Voice’.

Founded in 1982 by Jamaican-born publisher Val McCalla, The Voice is currently the only British Black newspaper in operation in the UK.

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All Africa, All the time.

24 years ago today, on February 11th 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison in Paarl.

He had served a total of 27 years behind bars, most of it on the infamous Robben Island, after being convicted of treason during the Rivonia Trial in 1964 for his involvement in Umkhonto we Sizwe - the ANC’s armed wing.

Both before his sentencing and upon his release, Mandela made two iconic speeches. The first, delivered during the Rivonia Trial, lasted three hours. Referred to as the “I Am Prepared to Die" speech, it was inspired by Fidel Castro’s "La historia me absolverá" (History Will Absolve Me) and is considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century. 

After his release from prison in Paarl, Mandela delivered another iconic speech that began similarly to Mark Antony’s equally iconic speech in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, but with a vastly different message: Friends, Comrades and Fellow South Africans....

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All Africa, All the time.

It was raining on the 10th of December, 2013, the day of Nelson Mandela’s memorial at the FNB Stadium in Soweto. Throngs of people queued up to pay their final respects to a man whose legacy as one of the most instrumental figures in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle continually swings back and forth between a militant ‘any means necessary’ freedom fighter, to a docile pro-democracy grandpa-like activist - all depending on whose doing the reporting. And thus, depending on what sector of the populace you represent, you’ll take the bits and pieces of Madiba that best suit your memory of him.

Present at the memorial were mourners from all walks of life - some young, some old, some who preferred the MK co-founder and boxing enthusiast, and some who saw him as their ticket into the mythical “post-racialism” that exists in the so-called ‘Rainbow nation’. There to capture some of these faces was South African photographer Jono Wood, on a personal mission to capture “a different look and feel to main stream media.”

And indeed, he did.

Cape Town duo celebrate Madiba’s legacy with this special Mandela house tribute mix.

As familiar as most of us are with Nelson Mandela the political and human rights activist and public statesman, behind closed doors, he was a man that loved and was loved by man. Grazia’s South African arm looks back on his past marriages and reflects on Madiba, the husband and father. 


Oil painting of Nelson Mandela by Amar Stewart.

(via ordinaryafrica)

Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.


It’s pouring rain in #SouthAfrica today. The #Ancestors & #TataMadiba is def in spirit. Great sadness but also a celebration. #MandelaMemorial (at Remembering Mandela)

"I was not born with a hunger to be free,” Nelson Mandela writes in his autobiography. He immediately explains, “I was born free - free in every way that I could know. Free to run in the fields near my mother’s hut, free to swim in the clear stream that ran through my village, free to roast mealies under the stars and ride the broad backs of slow-moving bulls. As long as I obeyed my father and abided by the customs of my tribe, I was not troubled by the laws of man or God.”

(Nelson Mandela: The Evolution of A Freedom Fighter)

Woolworths teams up with South Africa’s most famous choir, the Soweto Gospel Choir, to create a singing flashmob at one of their stores in the country to commemorate the death of one of South Africa’s most recognizable anti-apartheid freedom fighters - and the country’s first democratically elected president - Nelson Mandela.

As beautiful as the choir’s rendition of ‘Asimbonanga’ is, this blatant marketing stint from one of SA’s largest retail stores just doesn’t sit well with me, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Is it the fact that they made them dress up as Woolies employees (there’s no shame in being a Woolies employee) when the choir is distinctly known for always wearing their traditional South African garments when performing? Or the fact that Woolies has a mostly white and upper-class clientele that taints this sort of performance, giving it an almost minstrel-y effect? I don’t know. Maybe I’m being too cynical. Either way, no amount of beautiful singing could make me feel whatever it was that Woolies was trying to make listeners feel. 


Nelson Mandela’s Long Road to Freedom

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended” - Nelson Mandela

Revolutionary, anti-apartheid leader, peacemaker and world icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, just before 9 p.m. local time on December 5, 2013. He was 95 years.

Mandela, who spent 27 years in jail for fighting the racist white rule of apartheid, gave his life to see the liberation of his people. His courage and resolution will forever serve as a great example of human dignity.

The world honors your memory. May you rest in peace, Madiba.

1990 NewsHour Nelson Mandela interview by Robert MacNeil in which he talks about global racial inequality, right-wing racist extremism, and the continuous struggle to end apartheid in South Africa.