Bil Browning

The Most Moving Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Filed By Bil Browning | December 13, 2013 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: flashmob, Mandela's death, Nelson Mandela, Woolworth's

You might be surprised, but the most moving tribute to Nelson Mandela's life comes from an unexpected source - a department store flashmob. The Soweto Gospel Choir's performance at a South African Woolworth's will bring a tear to your eye; you can see the pride and grief on the shopper's face as they listen to the beautiful memorial.

The song was written as a tribute to Mandela while he was in prison. If you don't know the words here they are:

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]

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]

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