December 5th, 2013 / 7:53 pm
Massive People & Snippets

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


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


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


  1. jereme_dean

      Mandela knew the right words to say.

  2. A D Jameson

      Mandela always struck me as too falsely positive. He was always up to something and I never trusted the fellow.

  3. Rauan Klassnik

      too much of a “booster” ??

  4. A D Jameson

      You nailed it. The guy definitely had an agenda.