Asimbonanga

Posted by @ 7:53 pm on December 5th, 2013

when my dad texted me Nelson Mandela was dead the first thing that went through my head was Johnny Clegg and Savuka’s song “Asimbonanga”

(“We haven’t seen him” — 1987)

which called for Mandela’s release from prison

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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

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(Mandela joins Clegg on stage at about the 2:40 mark. And then speaks a little. And dances.)

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