Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases a performance by the Soweto Gospel Choir of Johnny Clegg's song "Asimbonanga" as a tribute to Madiba (Nelson Mandela)'s life.
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SHOWCASE VIDEO:Woolies and Soweto Gospel Choir: Madiba Tribute
WOOLWORTHS SA, Published on Dec 9, 2013
Watch the Soweto Gospel Choir sing an incredible tribute to Madiba in our Parkview store.
On Saturday, 7 December 2013, Woolworths had planned a performance at our Parkview store in Pretoria to support our Operation Smile Christmas campaign. The Soweto Gospel Choir's planned a rendition of James Brown's I Feel Good. But, after Madiba's passing the choir decided on a tribute instead. They chose Johnny Clegg's Asimbonanga.
Here are several comments from this video's viewer comment thread:
"Here is a translation of the lyrics (originally penned by Johnny Clegg):
Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)
Hey wena (Hey you!)
Hey wena nawe (Hey you and you as well)
Siyofika nini la' siyakhona (When will we arrive at our destination)
"Johnny Clegg is South African and his songs are a mix of Zulu (in which he is fluent) and English."
"A beautiful tribute to Nelson Mandela. It must have come as such a pleasant surprise to everyone in that shop."
"The most moving tribute to Nelson Mandela I've seen. I'm not ashamed to admit that the tears are still in my eyes. It takes the flash mop to different level revealing a host of new possibilities"
"Woolworths Marketing Team - I salute you. Soweto Gospel Choir and conductor - incredible performance; and the composer of the piece - moving."
"Wow! it really stirred my core and i don't even understand the language. Beautiful tribute to a humble man."
"A beautiful tribute... one that Madiba would have enjoyed... he so loved African music... and this is from the heart for a great man. Thanks to Woolies and the exceptional voices! Finally I also feel part with saying farewell Madiba... RIP."
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/12/johnny-clegg-savuka-asimbonanga-videos.html for a pancocojams post about the song "Asimbonanga" which includes information about that song and a surprise appearance on stage by Nelson Mandela.
RIP Nelson Mandela! Thanks to the Soweto Gospel Choir for this tribute to Madiba. Thanks also to Woolies South Africa for sponsoring this tribute, and thanks to the publisher of this video & all those who I quoteed in this post.
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