Friday, April 24, 2020

Friday Music: Asimbonanga

Sometimes it's just good to listen to a piece of music that lifts our spirits, a song of celebration. I think we first heard this song shortly after Nelson Mandela died in 2013. It had been written for him many years earlier. Asimbonanga, means awakening in the Zulu language. We like to listen just to remember the exuberant moment of awakening. We are waiting for the new awakening.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- I love listening to this and watching Nelson Mandela dance.

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  2. Good to hear Johnny Clegg once again; he seems to often be forgotten now that the war against apartheid is largely won. He was not much known in the UK - he managed to get himself banned by the British Musicians Union for playing in apartheid S Africa????? - even though he was born in England. They were confusing times.

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    1. John-- I was so sad when I read last year that Johnny Clegg died of pancreatic cancer. Such a voice, such a presence...now gone. I was surprised when I read he was born in England. He was quite a mensch.

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  3. A new awakening would be amazing. However , some people wouldn't like it.

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    1. Red-- It would be amazing, and some people would really not like it.

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  4. Wow, when Nelson Mandela danced onto the stage, my throat closed and the tears came.
    Ready also for a new awakening.

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    1. Patti-- You describe what I experience whenever I watch Nelson Mandela dance on to that stage. Yes.

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  5. This was an interesting post, Robin, and quite unexpected to see Nelson Mandela performing so thank you.

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    1. Beatrice-- It is a surprise to see Nelson Mandela, isn't it!

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  6. Wonderful music/musicians...and so great to see tall Mandela there as well.

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    1. Barbara-- So glad you liked this and seeing Nelson Mandela.

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  7. Thank you so much! Asimbonanga!

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  8. Nelson Mandela always had a smile, such a beautiful smile. I've always been in awe of it.

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    1. Sharon-- Yes, that smile. A truly beautiful beaming smile.

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  9. Not just to write the lyrics in Zulu (isiZulu I understand) but to have them fit - beautifully. And Nelson, in his most lovable form. Reminding me of a different Nelson, standing up in court decades ago, facing some ramped-up nonsense charge. Saying, in effect, there was a good chance the State would hang him but if they did it would be worth it. Not just a teddy bear but an an intellect and a morality tough as old boots. What would he say faced with the fraudulent balloon presently spreading alarm and despondency in the US. Smile a knowing smile and turn his back; confident that the power that had brought Nelson to high office would eventually prick the balloon. Have faith, his was the bigger mountain.

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    1. Roderick-- I can't tell you how much I loved reading your comment. It made me wish I had read your written words in the years you wrote for the newspaper. Yes, "an intellect and a morality tough as old boots." Thank you for this.

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  10. such an uplifting video, thank you Robin.

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