Category Archives: Mandela

Redemption Song

Sung by a professor of Library Sciences at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) at the Staff Concert to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.  There were several other performances…I tried to capture the NMMU Choir but my phone could not do them justice.  Here is the song they preformed:


His Day is Done-Dr. Maya Angelou


Over the weekend, we played a travel game where you picked a letter of the alphabet and named any person who’s (first or last) name started with that letter.  We were on the letter M for a long time and I said, “Maya Angelou“.  None of the people I was playing with had heard of her, which didn’t totally surprise me since they were from  The Czech Republic, Sweden, and Germany.  The one girl from The Czech Republic knew plenty of poets, authors, and painters I didn’t know off the top of my head…so, no shade.  I still thought I would take the occasion to share not only her poetry and voice but more specifically this poem, which memorializes Nelson Mandela.

Soweto Gospel Choir’s Tribute to Mandela

The Soweto Gospel Choir and Woolworth’s teamed up to pay a beautiful tribute to Mandela.

Here is the English translation of the song:

Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang’ uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph’ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph’ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the Island into the Bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the burning water


A seagull wings across the sea
Broken silence is what I dream
Who has the words to close the distance
Between you and me


Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge
Neil Aggett
Asimbonang ‘umfowethu thina (we have not seen our brother)
Laph’ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph’wafela khona (In the place where he died)
Hey wena (Hey you!)
Hey wena nawe (Hey you and you as well)
Siyofika nini la’ siyakhona (When will we arrive at our destination)

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