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A Special Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 08 December 2013

Mike Wooldridge presents a celebration of the life and career of Nelson Mandela in a special edition of Something Understood with readings by Adjoa Andoh and Colin MacFarlane.

In a tribute to the life and extraordinary achievements of Nelson Mandela, Mike Wooldridge presents a portrait of South Africa's great statesman, philanthropist and President through readings of a wide and affecting range of friends and admirers - Desmond Tutu, the late Seamus Heaney, Tanzanian poet and songwriter Nasibu Mwanukusi, as well as Robben Island warder James Gregory and the grandson of the architect of apartheid and ANC supporter Wilhelm Verwoerd.

Music is drawn from work Mandela himself was known to love and the enormous range of work written in tribute to him throughout his life.

Presenter: Mike Wooldridge
Producer: Eley McAinsh
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

7 items
  • Image for Johnny Clegg, Steve Mabuso, Derek De Beer, Jabu Mabuso, Keith Hutchinson And Dudu Zulu

    Johnny Clegg, Steve Mabuso, Derek De Beer, Jabu Mabuso, Keith Hutchinson And Dudu Zulu Asimbonanga (Mandela)

    Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Third World Child, EMI

  • Image for The Choir Gauteng A-Team

    The Choir Gauteng A-Team Childhood

    Mandela – Son Of Africa, Father Of A Nation: Original Soundtrack, Mango Records

  • Image for Paul Robeson

    Paul Robeson Joe Hill

    The Essential Paul Robeson, Vanguard Records

  • Image for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto In D Major Op 35 – First Movement

    Performer: Augustin Dumay And London Symphony Orchestra, Conducted By Emil Tchakarov.

    Tchaikovsky/ Mendelssohn Concertos Pour Violon, EMI, CDC 749159 2

  • Image for Hugh Masekela, Dumisani Hiela, Lucas Senyatso, John Selolwane, O Moiloa, Arthur Tshabalela And Khaya Mahlangu.

    Hugh Masekela, Dumisani Hiela, Lucas Senyatso, John Selolwane, O Moiloa, Arthur Tshabalela And Khaya Mahlangu. Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)

    Hugh Masekela – Greatest Hits, Columbia Records

  • Image for Vusi Mahlasela And Harmonius Serenade Choir.

    Vusi Mahlasela And Harmonius Serenade Choir. Senzeni Na?

    Amandla - Original Soundtrack, ATO Records

  • Image for The African National Congress

    The African National Congress Usilethela Uxolo

    Amandla - Original Soundtrack, ATO Records

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