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The most touching Mandela tribute came from the least expected place-in the form of a flash mob.

The song was written during Mandela's incarceration as a call for his freedom

"A South African chain store has laid on one of the most touching tributes to Nelson Mandela we've seen in the past week – and it was in the form of a flash mob.

Woolworths teamed up with the Soweto Gospel Choir, who posed as shoppers and store workers at the Parkview store in Johannesburg.

The choir then began an "impromtu" rendition of Asimbonanga [We have not seen him], singing:"

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)

Edit~ http://za.news.yahoo.com/watch--the-most-touching-mandela-tribute-came-from-the-least-expected-place-070947330.html


Keep a hankie handy~

South Africa: U.S. President Barack Obama's Full Tribute at Mandela Memorial-Video



"U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a powerful speech at former South African president Nelson Mandela's memorial service:"

To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests - it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa - people of every race and walk of life - the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.

It is hard to eulogize any man - to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person - their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul. How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.

Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by elders of his Thembu tribe - Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century. Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement - a movement that at its start held little prospect of success. Like King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice. He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War. Emerging from prison, without force of arms, he would - like Lincoln - hold his country together when it threatened to break apart. Like America’s founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations - a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power.

Given the sweep of his life, and the adoration that he so rightly earned, it is tempting then to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. “I’m not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

Read the rest of President Obama's Tribute to Madiba..


Official Programme for Madiba Mandela's Memorial~

A South African girl, held by her mother, kisses a statue of former president Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, Dec. 9 (Twitter)


Mourners gather to honor Nelson Mandela at an inter-faith service at the Grand Parade in Cape Town

The always awesome http://theobamadiary.com/2013/12/07/mandela-a-global-salute/

Live streaming at link..


Vividly, eloquently stated, she~ I definitely feel it! It's

been glorious and beyond interesting fighting for our Equality rights, the rights for every Vote to be Equal and Counted, and for the integrity of this President to be presented in an authentic and straightforward way.

Congratulations on 10,000 Posts.. I remember when you had a 5,000 milestone!

Mahalo for you being here, she, in our Barack Obama Group!

Mahalo for this beautiful informative

thread, sheshe.

I'm so thrilled that President Obama is going to speak at Madiba's Memorial~

Mourners gather to honor Nelson Mandela at an inter-faith service at the Grand Parade in Cape Town

Pakistani schoolchildren hold lamps during a memorial tribute to Nelson Mandela, in Karachi

Flowers and tributes lie at the base of the plinth bearing a bust of Nelson Mandela in central London

Marseille’s football club supporters hold a banner reading “Farewell Mandela” before the start of the French L1 football match Olympique of Marseille versus Nantes at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France

Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast during a Turkish super league match

Mourners gathered in front of the South African embassy to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela in Tehran, Iran

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The always awesome http://theobamadiary.com/2013/12/07/mandela-a-global-salute/


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I think everybody knows from Kochs..


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