A Tribute to Nelson Mandela
Mary Ann Kennedy introduces Andy Kershaw's hour-long tribute to Nelson Mandela, told through the music of the time. Plus a session by Malian Kora player Ballake Sissoko.
Mary Ann Kennedy introduces Andy Kershaw's hour-long tribute to Nelson Mandela, told through the music of the time. With archive interviews and music from Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the praise poet Mzwakhe Mbuli.
In the second hour, a studio session with Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and his quartet plus a round-up of the latest releases from around the globe.
We know little of Mandela's personal taste in music, but he certainly recognised the value of music in the struggle against apartheid. Whether it was raising awareness in the international community, or raising morale in South Africa itself, music not only reflected but also influenced the events of the time. Andy Kershaw begins in the 1950s with the music of the Manhattan Brothers, and traces the music of the exiles in the 1960s and 70s, the songs of the activists, the many 'Free Mandela' songs of the 1980s, and the music that celebrated the end of apartheid and the birth of the Rainbow Nation. And Andy recalls the time when he once - accidentally - met Nelson Mandela.
Produced by Roger Short with extracts from Andy Kershaw's 1995 Radio 1 documentary produced by Trevor Dann.
Programme consultant: Angela Impey, SOAS, University of London
"It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world."
- Nelson Mandela.