July 18th is Nelson Mandela’s birthday — we celebrated a couple days early with some songs written about him and in tribute to him, from artists from South Africa and around the world. Plus some new releases and concert previews in hour 2.
I actually had a chance to meet Nelson Mandela some 20 years ago. I was working a The Christian Science Monitor in Boston when he made his first trip to the USA after being freed from prison. He deviated from his tightly planned schedule to drop by, and when he was spotted outside the newsroom, seasoned reporters jumped up and ran outside, neglecting duty and deadlines to meet this iconic figure.
Happy birthday, Madiba!
Dhol Foundation – Colours of Punjab (theme) – Big Drum Small World
Hugh Masekela – Bring Him Back Home – Hope
Marianne Antonsen – Nelson Mandela – Blomster i Soweto
Johnny Clegg & Savuka – Asimbonanga (Mandela) – Third World Child
Khadja Nin – Mzee Mandela – Ya…
Daniel Waro (La Reunion) – Mandela – Bwarouz
Zulu Spear – Mandela – Welcome to the USA
The Special AKA (The Specials) – Free Nelson Mandela – The Singles Collection
Salif Keita – Mandela – Folon … The Past
Abdullah Ibrahim & WDR Big Band Cologne – Mandela – Bombella
Hukwe Ubi Zawose – Nelson Mandela – The Art Of Hukwe Ubi Zawose
Linda Kekana – A Song For Madiba – South African Women With A Voice Chapter 2
Youssou N’dour – Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela (1986)
Brenda Fassie – Black President – Best Of
Bright Blue – Madiba 1990 – Single
Ndeye Mbaye (Senegal) – Nelson Mandela – Ndaamal Daaru
Sechaba (Zambia) – Welele – Sechaba (cassette)
Vusi Mahlasela – When You Come Back – The Voice
Mahube – Mayibuye – Qhubeka!
Herbie Hancock w/ K’naan, Los Lobos & Tinariwen – Tamatant Tilay / Exodus – The Imagine Project
Brass Menazeri – Cocekahedron – Vranjski San
Djoumbush – Tekirdag Karsilamasi – Djoumbush
Santana – Mandela – Freedom
CeU – Concrete Jungle – Tribute to a Reggae Legend
Ziggy Marley – Africa Land – Wild and Free
Somi – Prayer to the Saint of the Brokenhearted – If the Rains Come First