This week's Rhythm Planet program celebrates South African music in the struggle against apartheid, including many songs paying tribute to Nelson Mandela. This music not only celebrates Mandela's courage, leadership, and legacy: it is a celebration of life and the triumph of hope over despair. Today's show features South African musicians present and past, as well as music from Peter Gabriel, Eric Bibb, and Paul Simon.
Read more on Tom Schnabel's Rhythm Planet Blog.
- Dollar Brand | Cape Town Fringe (Fill) | Cape Town Fringe | Chiaroscuro
- The South African national anthem - Nkosi Sikelel Afrika
- Miriam Makeba | Iyaguduza | Reflections | Heads Up
- Nelson Mandela | Speech After Becoming Elected President May
- Joy (feat. Brenda Fassie) | State Of Independence | 12″ Unreleased | Island
- Eric Bibb | Mandela Is Free | Home To Me | Earthbeat! Records
- Freshly Ground | Doo Be Doo| Nomvula | Freeground Records
- Macka B | Proud Of Mandela | Natural Suntan | Ariwa
- Lucky Dube | Different Colors | Lucky Dube: Retrospective | Ryko
- Peter Gabriel | Biko | Plays Live | Geffen
- Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks | Phatha Phatha | The Best Of | Kaz
- Paul Simon | Under African Skies | Graceland | Warner Bros.
- The CDM Globetrotting Choir | Free Nelson Mandela | Single | iTunes
- Lady SMith Blackmazo | Long Walk To Freedom | Long Walk To Freedom | Heads Up
- Hugh Masakela | Mandela: Bring Him Back Home | Hope | Triloka
- Mahlathini and The Mahotella Queens | Bayeza | Mbaqanga (Zulu Jive) | Verve
- Theo Blaise Kounkou | Mandela Wetu | Belle Amicha | Weedo Music
- Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) | Cape Town Fringe | Cape Town Fringe | Chiaroscuro
Various (Tom's Pick for Rhythm Planet Angel Club)