Zahara releases touching tribute to Mandela

2013-07-04 08:46

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Zahara has released a song in tribute to Nelson Mandela.

The song was first heard on MetroFM on Sunday during Wilson B Nkosi’s show and immediately created a lot of interest.

The ballad, titled Nelson Mandela, evokes strong emotions, spurred on by the relentless guitar accompaniment Zahara is known for, and her soaring, strong vocals.

She sings: “Nelson Mandela/ Tata Madiba/ Father of the Nation/ Qawe la maqawe/ Akekho o fana naye/ (Hero of heroes/There’s none like him).”

Zahara pays tributes to Mandela’s sacrifices, his conviction, and the racial reconciliation and nation building that he has stood for.

In the song, she calls Mandela a man of peace and a pillar of strength.

The song comes at a time when Mandela is critically ill but stable at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

In an affidavit filed in the Mthatha High Court, the family described his health as “perilous”.

Said Zahara: “I’m very excited and emotional at the same time. I trust that South Africans and the world will receive it (the song) and appreciated it. Above all else, I’m doing this in honour of Tata Mandela.”

She has boasting rights no money can buy. Zahara is the last known artist to stage a private performance for Mandela in his Qunu retirement home.

In a video clip on You-Tube, Zahara can be seen strumming her guitar and belting her hits Thekwana and Loliwe for the former president. The former is a tribute track to heroes of the struggle such as Mandela. At the end, a frail looking Mandela is seen clapping his hands but doesn’t say much.

Her manager, TK Nciza of TS Records, says Zahara needed to record the song as a “thank you” for the blessings Mandela had passed on to her.

The song, which was recorded over two weeks in Midrand, was composed by Zahara, Mojalefa Thebe and Robbie Malinga, who were responsible for her Loliwe album.

The song has been earmarked as the first track of Zahara’s next album which is expected to be released in September.

Nciza adds: “The song speaks to every South African, it’s a true reflection of who Mandela is and his commitment to the country. Even at the Rivonia Trial he said he’ll oppose white domination and black domination, only a few people commit to such. You will be able to relate to the song, whether black or white.”

The song can be downloaded from iTunes from Friday and is available as a ringtone across all cellphone networks.

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