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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.

2 hours

Music Played

  • The African National Congress Choir

    Usilethela Uxolo (Nelson Mandela Brings Us Peace)

    • Amandla.
    • Ato Records.
    • ATO 0009.
  • Soweto String Quartet


    • Renaissance.
    • BMG.
    • 74321-462712.
  • The Manhattan Brothers

    Vuka Vuka (Get Up, Get Up)

    • Mandela Original Soundtrack.
    • Mango.
    • CIDM 1116.
  • Manhattan Brothers with Miriam Makeba

    Laku Tschone 'Ilanga

    • The Best of Miriam Makeba The Early Years.
    • Wrasse.
    • Wrass-088.
  • Miriam Makeba


    • Africa.
    • Novus.
    • ND83155.
  • Abdullah Ibrahim

    Toyi-Toyi Introduction / Kramat

    • Amandla.
    • Ato Records.
    • ATO 0009.
  • The Special A.K.A.

    Free Nelson Mandela

    • Single - Nelson Mandela / Break Down The Door.
    • Two Tone.
    • CHSTT-26.
  • Brenda Fassie

    Black President

    • The Queen of African Pop - Brenda Fassie 1964-2004.
    • EMI.
    • 7243 8-75547 2 6.
  • Youssou Ndour

    Nelson Mandela

    • Nelson Mandela.
    • Verve.
  • Yami Bolo

    Free Mandela

    • Free Mandela.
    • Skengdon.
    • SKD 019.
  • Sipho Mabuse

    Kululani Umandela (Free Mandela)

    • Chant of the Marching.
    • Virgin.
    • CDV2582.
  • Papa Wemba & His Band


    • Under African Skies - from the BBC TV Series.
    • BBC Records.
    • CD-2006.
  • Hugh Masekela

    Nelson Mandela (Bring him back home)

    • Tomorrow.
    • WEA.
    • 2545732.
  • Mzwakhe Mbuli

    No easy road

    • Afrika.
    • EMI.
    • CDCCP (WR) 1085 (4761512).
  • Johnny Clegg


    • Third World Child.
    • EMI.
    • CDP 7-46778 2.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    Isifkil' Inkululeko (Freedom has arrived)

    • Liph' Inqiso.
    • Flame Tree.
    • FLTRCD522.
  • MK Platoon

    Apartheid Dead (we stop use lead)

    • More Great Moments Of Vinyl History.
    • WRASSE.
    • WRASS-122.
  • The South African Children's Choir

    Namhla Niyabizwa

    • The Rough Guide To South African Gospel.
    • World Music Network.
    • RGNET-1099 CD.
  • Ballake Sissoko Quartet


  • Ballake Sissoko Quartet

    Kalata Diata

  • Naná Vasconcelos


    • 4 Elementos.
    • Far Out Recordings.
    • FARO178.
  • Juana Molina


    • Wed 21.
    • Crammed Discs.
    • CRAM 220P.
  • Jaune Toujours

    Si j'etais toi

    • Routes.
    • Choux des Bruxelles.
    • Chou 1303.
  • Kevin Seddiki and Bijan Chemirani

    Sar Andjam

    • Imaginarium.
    • World Village / harmonia mundi.
  • Bulimundo

    Dimingo Denxo

    • Bulimundo / Djâm Brancu Dja.
    • Lusafrica.
  • Bongololo


    • Angola soundtrack.
    • Analog Africa.
    • AACD-069.
  • Ballake Sissoko Quartet

    Asa Branca

  • Ballake Sissoko Quartet


  • Blair Douglas

    Nelson Mandela's Welcome to the City of Glasgow

    • A Summer in Skye.
    • Macmeanmna.
    • SKYECD-09.
  • Hugh Masekela


    • Greatest Hits (2000).
    • Sony Jazz.
    • CDCOL 8138.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    Freedom has arrived

    • Liph’ Inqiso.
    • Gallo.
    • FLTRCD522.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Photo taken by Andy Kershaw at his accidental meeting with Mandela in 1990.

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