Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. It is hard to imagine that such an iconic figure has gone but that is due to the fact that the man himself had such a deep and profound presence on this earth. His strong belief in unifying brought respect from the world and his legacy will continue for generations to come.
There is much to learn about the man and his life. There could be college courses to cover the intricate moments of his life and what led him to believe and act as he did throughout his life and more would be left to learn.
One area of his life that is obvious to those familiar with his life and should not go unnoticed by others is his relationship with music. He used music to connect people and to inspire them. He saw music as a way to reach people in a way that words could not. With music walls could be broken down so that actions could be observed.
He was once quoted as saying, “It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world and at peace with myself.”
There was an excellent report done by NPR with a plethora of information about how Mandela and music were intertwined and it is not to be missed. You can read it at length here: "The Mandela Playlist: A Life And Legacy, Told In Music."
Currently the movie “Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom” is playing in theatres. It was released at the end of November a few weeks before the African leader’s death. It is based on the autobiography of Nelson Mandela titled “Long Walk to Freedom” released in 1994.
During the premier performance in London on December 5, 2013 attended by Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as well as Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani the performance was interrupted with the private announcement of Mandela’s passing to his daughters and the royal couple. At the closing credits of the movie, producer Anant Singh and Idris Elba, who plays Mandela in the film, took the stage and informed those attending of the leader’s death. A moment of silence was held by all attending.
The film's Web site can be viewed here: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Trailer.
The film has received by critics with mixed reviews. The lead actor Idris Elba has been offered high praise from those that consider him the “Mandela” for the ages as far as film adaptations. Most of the negative reviews are that the film failed to capture one moment or another. In other words, there was more than could be told in one film, more than could be told within hours on a screen.
The man himself was a gift to the world and we will all be the better for his life and we would all be the better for learning more about his remarkable life.
Nelson Mandela’s body arrived in his ancestral village in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province of Qunu Saturday and will be laid to rest Sunday when the sun is at its highest point in the day. It will be a private invitation only burial with approimately 400 guests in attendance.
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela