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Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:13 PM

The most touching Mandela tribute came from the least expected place-in the form of a flash mob.

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The song was written during Mandela's incarceration as a call for his freedom



"A South African chain store has laid on one of the most touching tributes to Nelson Mandela we've seen in the past week – and it was in the form of a flash mob.

Woolworths teamed up with the Soweto Gospel Choir, who posed as shoppers and store workers at the Parkview store in Johannesburg.

The choir then began an "impromtu" rendition of Asimbonanga , singing:"


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)

Asimbonanga
Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina (we have not seen our brother)
Laph'ekhona (in the place where he is)
Laph'wafela khona (in the place where he died)
Sithi: Hey, wena (We say: hey, you)
Hey, wena nawe (Hey, you and you)
Siyofika nini la' siyakhona (when will we arrive at our destination)

Edit~ http://za.news.yahoo.com/watch--the-most-touching-mandela-tribute-came-from-the-least-expected-place-070947330.html

http://theobamadiary.com/2013/12/12/rise-and-shine-664/

Keep a hankie handy~

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Reply The most touching Mandela tribute came from the least expected place-in the form of a flash mob. (Original post)
Cha Dec 2013 OP
shenmue Dec 2013 #1
DonViejo Dec 2013 #2
Cha Dec 2013 #5
Cha Dec 2013 #3
sheshe2 Dec 2013 #4
Cha Dec 2013 #7
Cha Dec 2013 #36
sheshe2 Dec 2013 #37
redwitch Dec 2013 #6
Cha Dec 2013 #9
marybourg Dec 2013 #52
redwitch Dec 2013 #55
Iliyah Dec 2013 #8
Cha Dec 2013 #10
boomersense Dec 2013 #11
Cha Dec 2013 #12
LittleGirl Dec 2013 #13
Cha Dec 2013 #14
brush Dec 2013 #15
Cha Dec 2013 #17
Number23 Dec 2013 #16
Cha Dec 2013 #18
Mnemosyne Dec 2013 #19
Cha Dec 2013 #22
ancianita Dec 2013 #20
DFab420 Dec 2013 #21
ancianita Dec 2013 #23
Cha Dec 2013 #24
ancianita Dec 2013 #25
sheshe2 Dec 2013 #32
ancianita Dec 2013 #47
Cha Dec 2013 #48
sheshe2 Dec 2013 #49
lillypaddle Dec 2013 #26
Cha Dec 2013 #31
grantcart Dec 2013 #27
Cha Dec 2013 #34
hopemountain Dec 2013 #28
Cha Dec 2013 #35
Solly Mack Dec 2013 #29
Cha Dec 2013 #39
think Dec 2013 #30
Cha Dec 2013 #40
think Dec 2013 #42
Cha Dec 2013 #43
think Dec 2013 #44
Cha Dec 2013 #45
Hekate Dec 2013 #33
Cha Dec 2013 #41
IrishAyes Dec 2013 #38
Cha Dec 2013 #46
Cha Dec 2013 #50
sheshe2 Dec 2013 #51
Warpy Dec 2013 #53
Cha Dec 2013 #54
Grateful for Hope Jan 2014 #56
Cha Jan 2014 #57
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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:20 PM

1. Now that's harmony

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Response to shenmue (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:29 PM

2. Thanks for posting this, Cha!



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Response to DonViejo (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:32 PM

5. Glad you saw

it, DonViejo! I was worried it would get lost on a Thursday late afternoon EST time.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:29 PM

3. Is it not the most loving

song imaginable in honor of Tata Madiba, shenmue?

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:31 PM

4. Oh wow, Cha.

What a beautiful tribute to TaTa Mandela~

"Well done, Woolies. Well done."



http://za.news.yahoo.com/watch--the-most-touching-mandela-tribute-came-from-the-least-expected-place-070947330.html

Thank you Cha.

~

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:54 PM

7. Yes, "Wow", she~

What a magnificent loving tribute to Madiba.. I love flashmobs!


Given the sweep of his life, and the adoration that he so rightly earned, it is tempting then to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. “I’m not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

http://theobamadiary.com/2013/12/10/rise-and-shine-tribute-to-nelson-mandela/



she~

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:58 PM

36. I did miss this..

thanks for the link, she.. I should have put both links in..

I'm going to put it in the OP, now! Lesson Learned!

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Response to Cha (Reply #36)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 08:04 PM

37. !~

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:51 PM

6. Absolutely beautiful!

And I couldn't help but think how far we have come. I seem to recall a Woolworth's sit in during the civil rights movement in this country. There was a time when people of color would not be served in a Woolworth's. And in 2013 Woolworth's teams up with this amazing choir. This really moved me.

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Response to redwitch (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:00 PM

9. That's right, redwitch. That is an incredibly

amazing thought of our Planet's evolution to keep in mind. Mahalo!

And, always.. so much more to go~

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Response to redwitch (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:10 AM

52. Not the same chain.

That's a different - British - chain, not the same. By the way, if you request "African Music" or "Ladysmith" from Pandora, it'll play that gorgeous piece for you every day.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #52)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 06:41 AM

55. Thanks, I didn't realize that.

It IS a gorgeous piece of music, very uplifting. I adore African voices singing choral music!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:54 PM

8. K & R

thanks!

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:01 PM

10. Mahalo to you, Iliyah~

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:06 PM

11. Simply outstanding. Thanks...............nt

 

ddddddd

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Response to boomersense (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:09 PM

12. YOu're Welcome, boomersense..

Thank you!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:30 PM

13. Wow, that was beautiful!

thanks for posting. love that.

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Response to LittleGirl (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:33 PM

14. I know.. "Wow", huh! Thank

you, LittleGirl.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:39 PM

15. Thanks, Cha. It's wonderful. nt

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Response to brush (Reply #15)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:45 PM

17. So glad you got to

see it, brush~

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:42 PM

16. Cha, I love you for that. TRULY, I love you

My only regret is that something so magnificently beautiful has to be associated with the corporate behemoth that is Woolworth's.

I will carry that song with me for the rest of the day. Thank you for posting this. Thank you.

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Response to Number23 (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:47 PM

18. I love

you back, 23.. Mahalo

You're are so Welcome.. I get teary eyed just reading the lyrics..

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:48 PM

19. Hanky well-used. Beautiful Cha, just beautiful. Thanks...

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #19)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:58 PM

22. YOu're most Welcome, Mnemosyne..

Mahalo to you~

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:52 PM

20. Wow. Is this what happens around here? Because it's not the first time someone's reposted my stuff

The report called it a flash mob, but that's technically for dancing. And it wasn't located on the obamadiary site. Nice reposting, Sheshe and Cha.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 05:58 PM

21. Are you really bitching about a repost?

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Response to DFab420 (Reply #21)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 06:01 PM

23. Come on. It's a question. I don't remember seeing reposts,so I ask. Are your dukes up?

It's in a different thread and gets more views. That's what's important, it's that good.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 06:06 PM

24. Actually, I did repost it from The Obama Diary, ancianita..

http://theobamadiary.com/2013/12/12/rise-and-shine-664/

If you'll scroll down.. it was posted by..

79 Alycee (@jazziz2)

Yes, I love reposting from the always awesome "The Obama Diary" in the Barack Obama Group on DU.


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Response to Cha (Reply #24)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 06:07 PM

25. Okay. Looked but must have missed it. Thanks.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:12 PM

32. "Nice reposting, Sheshe"......

What????

I clicked on Cha's link. Scrolled down found the tweet and clicked the link.

How is that a repost, ancianita? This is not even my thread. I posted a comment. Why are you calling me out???

Would you care to give the link to your post that I supposedly reposted from?

Oh and here is the tweet at The Obama Diary~

Alycee @jazziz2
Follow
WATCH: The most touching Mandela tribute came from the least expected place - Yahoo News SA http://za.news.yahoo.com/watch--the-most-touching-mandela-tribute-came-from-the-least-expected-place-
11:09 AM - 12 Dec 2013



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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #32)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:37 AM

47. Relax. I saw that it got reposted on a different thread. AND...

I'm still learning how stuff gets spread around here. Don't make such a fuss. There's no one "calling you out."

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #32)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 05:52 PM

48. It's a mystery to me, too, she.. why the

"nice reposting, sheshe" when you were just replying to the thread.

Ya just never know.. there's a beautiful thread about an amazing tribute to Madiba from the Soweto Gospel Choir and Woolsworth and out of the blue.. there's "nice reposting".

Was that a compliment?

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Response to Cha (Reply #48)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 06:30 PM

49. LOL~

"compliment"~ maybe.

Cha

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 06:23 PM

26. Keep a hankie handy is right!

That was incredibly touching and beautiful. Thanks for posting.

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #26)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:06 PM

31. You're Welcome, lillypaddle~

Thank you!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 06:34 PM

27. thanks

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Response to grantcart (Reply #27)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:52 PM

34. You're Welcome,

grantcart.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 06:58 PM

28. so much love and reverence

beautiful.
thank you, cha

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Response to hopemountain (Reply #28)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:55 PM

35. Yes, hopemountain.. besides the beautiful song and voices..

"the reverence" was palpable!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:02 PM

29. Thank you.

and I so needed a hankie.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #29)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 10:01 PM

39. You're most Welcome, Solly Mack~

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:05 PM

30. Beautiful /nt

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Response to think (Reply #30)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 10:02 PM

40. Just so, think~

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Response to Cha (Reply #40)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:21 PM

42. there were tears..

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Response to think (Reply #42)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:26 PM

43. There were..

It's a Song I want to go back to from time to time to remember what an incredibly amazing legacy Madiba has left the World from the People of South Africa~

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Response to Cha (Reply #43)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:33 PM

44. May it carry over where it may. Greedy that I am

I know it had an impact on me that will stay for a long long time.

Peace be with you....


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Response to think (Reply #44)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:39 AM

45. One Love!

Mahalo for Bob Marley..

PEACE be with you, think~

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:24 PM

33. Oh Cha, that is exquisite, and I am crying

Thank you so much.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #33)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 10:04 PM

41. That's great word for it, Hekate~

You're Welcome, dear~

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 08:45 PM

38. Beautiful. Thank you very much.

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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #38)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:09 AM

46. My absolute pleasure, IrishAyes~


Mourners gather to honor Nelson Mandela at an inter-faith service at the Grand Parade in Cape Town

The always awesome http://theobamadiary.com/2013/12/07/mandela-a-global-salute/

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 11:52 PM

50. ...

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 11:55 PM

51. Kick!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 02:44 AM

53. Learned the song in the 80s in Boston

when I had occasion to bellow along with real singers from time to time.

Having it done by a flash mob was really special.

The way you know reconciliation worked is no one in that crowd of any part of the human rainbow was frowning.

Reconciliation was part of his genius. A lesser man would have deported all the colonists.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #53)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 02:50 AM

54. That's great Warpy about learning this song in the 80s!

Exactly.. "Reconciliation was part of his genius. A lesser man would have deported all the colonists" The Flash mob singing Asimbonanga is brilliant.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2014, 09:22 PM

57. No worries, Grateful~

This is the Perfect time to comment, imo, because it's an important reminder how uplifting this song written for Mandela's Freedom Really is!

Mahalo, GFH~ And, thank you for the link!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2014, 09:24 PM

58. So sorry, Cha

I am late to the party here, and wish I had commented sooner. Truth is, when I first listened to this, I was so overcome with emotion that I simply bookmarked it so I could listen to it whenever I needed to be uplifted and to be reminded that the human race does have a few members who have earned the descriptions of "awe-inspiring greatness", "hero", and "worthy of being honored and emulated". Mandela is my hero and I so wish I could have had the privilege of knowing him.

In another thread which had also posted this video, there was a video of Asimbonanga performed by Johnny Clegg, the artist who wrote this magnificent piece, with a "surprise' appearance by Mandela himself - performed in 1999 when Mandela was 80. http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024176420#post2

I watched this video with even more emotion (if that is possible) than what I felt when viewing this magnificent video that you posted. So many things jumped out at me - it was so obvious how much Johnny revered Mandela - all you had to do was look at his eyes. Mandela himself expresses such joy as he dances - I have never seen such a joyous smile (although I have to admit that Obama is a close second). Third, I was struck at how thin Mandela was - and I did some research and from what I understand now he was very thin when he was first released from prison in 1990 - and I understand he remained that way. There are probably no words to describe what he went through during those long 27 years. And, fourth, the full words of Asimbonanga are the most beautiful I have ever heard in any song.

Anyway, thank you so much for impacting my life in such a positive way by posting this achingly beautiful video.




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Response to Grateful for Hope (Reply #58)

Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:28 PM

59. I love that you're posting now, Grateful for Hope.. as I stated above..

"This is the Perfect time to comment, imo, because it's an important reminder how uplifting this song written for Mandela's Freedom Really is!"

Thank you for the background on Johnny Clegg.. I had no idea! And, the link which I will be checking out very soon!

I'm so happy that you got such an important positive feeling from seeing Asimbonanga performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir and Johnny Clegg, GFH!

I'm going to have to kick this occasionally for uplifting of spirits.. you know there will be times

From my FB page..



Mahalo, GFH, for your Inspiration~

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Response to Cha (Reply #59)

Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:37 PM

60. Cha

Thank you

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