Tag Archives: Nelson Mandela

Springsteen pays tribute to Mandela at 1st S.African show

Bruce Springsteen kicked off his show in Cape Town on Sunday with “Free Nelson Mandela”, a song that was released to protest against the imprisonment of the South African leader by the apartheid regime Rocker Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band wowed fans on Sunday night opening their first concert in South Africa with […]

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South African prisoners use music to fight violence

South African prisons are notoriously tough and some continue to have problems with gang violence and drug smuggling but there are facilities which are trying unique approaches to rehabilitation. One such place is Groot Drakenstein Prison in the Western Cape province, famous for being the prison where Nelson Mandela took his steps to freedom. BBC […]

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African musician Fela Kuti remembered at Sundance

At the height of his career, the musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-97) was considered the best-known African after Nelson Mandela. The Nigerian singer never outpaced the late South African leader in popularity, but Alex Gibney’s new film, Finding Fela!, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week, brings his biography to a […]

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“IT FLIPPED OVER” Idris Elba In Car Accident

The 41-year-old Mandela star lost contact with a gravel road behind the wheel in Finland while filming a racing documentary for BBC2. Although he escaped injury, the moment the wheels flew off the roadway is emblazoned in his mind. “I never want to do that again. It’s the first time that I have ever rolled […]

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‘Fake’ sign language guy stars in music video

Cape Town – He’s been the butt of many a joke and even had a SNL spoof made of his unique sign language skills at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Soweto last week. Now  Thamsanqa Jantjie is the star of a brand new music video. Jantjie features in the South African rock band, Straatligkinders’ lyric music video […]

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AUDIO ALERT: Eminik – Hero (Nelson Mandela Tribute)

In the first few hours following the passing of the great South African freedom fighter and icon Nelson Mandela, Nigerian-British producer Eminik came out to pay his tribute with an emotional tribute. The MTV endorsed artist’s release is called Hero, a fitting title for the world class liberator. Coming barely 4 hours after the warrior’s […]

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South Africa artists in Europe pay tribute to Mandela

PARIS, France – Members of South Africa’s creative community in Europe on Friday paid tribute to Nelson Mandela’s role in ending apartheid, calling it an historic achievement that allowed creativity to flourish. “I never thought I’d see apartheid dismantled and I did,” said choreographer Robyn Orlin who recently staged her dance show “A World Full […]

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Nelson Mandela Is No More

It is with sadness that we here at diaspoRAW.net are announcing  that one of our heroes and key torch bearers Nelson Mandela  had passed away. Mandela who has been ill and bed-ridden for the past about one year or so, is no more. That is the news according from current South African president Jacob Zuma. […]

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Taking a Closer Look at the Music of ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

Decca Records will release the film’s official soundtrack and score this month. Director Justin Chadwick’s dramatization of the life of one of the world’s most iconic leaders, Nelson Mandela, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was recently released to theaters. Based on South African President Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, the film chronicles his early […]

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[EXCLUSIVE] South African Music Icon Yvonne Chaka Chaka Talks Nelson Mandela, Idris Elba and South African Progress

With 2014 marking South Africa’s historic 20th anniversary of freedom next year, the release of the  Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) directed Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom biopic shows the world the apartheid era that existed in South Africa. The PG-13 movie released nationwide today and stars British actor Idris Elba (The Wire, […]

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Idris Elba at Long Walk to Freedom premiere

British actor Idris Elba attends the premiere of the Nelso Mandela biopic ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ in Johannesburg, praising his fellow actors’ commitment to the representation of the former South African president. Idris Elba almost didn’t make it to the red carpet for the opening of Long Walk To Freedom, the new film from director […]

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PROFILE ALERT: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Did you know they are the first African act with an album that reached gold status. They have 30 albums under their belt etc….read on for more. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, South African music group founded in 1964 by Joseph Shabalala, a young musician who hoped to bring new interpretations to traditional Zulu music. The a cappella group’s compelling performance style was […]

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