Mourning Mandela with song

By Drum Digital
06 December 2013

As South Africans gather outside the various homes belonging to former president Nelson Mandela you can hear voices rising and falling to with song.

As South Africans gather outside the various homes belonging to former president Nelson Mandela you can hear voices rising and falling with song.

Church songs, struggles songs, all with the emphasis of remembering the life of an icon.

In Houghton, Johannesburg, the crowd sings with all their might “Hamba kahle mkhululi wethu' (Go well our emancipator).” Followed by a mournful cry of “'Hamba kahle mkhonto (Go well spear of the nation).”

These song and many others speak to the hurt and the loss of not only a hero but also an era of fighting and struggle.

Mandela’s passing has brought about a mood of reflection for most South Africans; on how this legend of a man has changed  many lives in profound ways.

In Soweto the crowd sings loudly with dancing; "Nelson Mandela ha hona ea tshwanang le yena (There is no one like him)."

From the dancing and singing, people are expressing their celebration of a life but also keep a spirit alive - a spirit of hope and reconciliation.

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