Song for International Day of Nelson Mandela
an article by World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media - WAALM
In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July
"Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former
South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and
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General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13
recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the
service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race
relations, the promotion and protection of human rights,
reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other
vulnerable groups, as well as the uplift of poor and underdeveloped
communities. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for
democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace
throughout the world.
To honor this international day, ‘The World Academy of Arts,
Literature and Media – WAALM’ and its collaborative artists jointly
present an original music remembering the life of this remarkable
‘MADIBA’ is written by International Lyricist and Co-founder of
WAALM, Dr. Mosi
Dorbayani with a melody and arrangement by Andysh.
This stellar music, which depicts and reflects the thoughts of
Mandela is released in two versions of ‘Afro-Pop’ and ‘Afro-Blues’
recorded by Danish singer, Elisabeth
Popp and Kenyan vocalist, Nasambu.
‘MADIBA’, which is facilitated by WAALM - Canada, England &
Wales, is dedicated to ‘Nelson Mandela Foundation and it is one of
the events registered on Mandela’s International Day website.
The Nelson Mandela
Foundation delivers to the world an integrated, dynamic and
trusted resource on the legacy of Nelson Mandela and with this, our
mandate to promote the vision and work of our Founder by
convening dialogues and creating platforms for engagement around
critical issues to promote social justice and drive positive change.
supports, develops, and promotes the dramatic and fine arts,
music, creative writing and poetry, as well as professional
journalism and media productions. WAALM regularly identifies and
rewards excellence, inspires practitioners, and benefits the public,
by means of international awarding events. As a Non-profit,
independent and secular organisation, WAALM stands for Cultural
Diplomacy, it promotes Cross-cultural activities, conferences and
Madiba Song will be available for free download and streaming at:
Question(s) related to this article:
What is the legacy of Nelson Mandela for us today?,
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ON MANDELA'S LASTING LEGACY
In death, as in his life, Nelson Mandela has captured the imagination of the world. Mourning mixed with celebration has electrified crowds all over South Africa and elsewhere. His life’s achievements and his lasting legacy are the topics of discussions. He has been described as a great warrior, a great liberator, the last giant in the fight against colonialism, forgiver, peace maker, and in many other ways.
All this week, Mandela’s lasting legacy has been on my mind. We tend to capture the legacies of great men and women in a word or two. A scientist becomes famous for an important discovery, a writer for a famous book, a musician for a great composition, and so on.
People like Mandela fall in a different category. He is in the category of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. . ...more.