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10 Musical Tributes to Mandela

Drew Poulsen | BILLBOARD   in  ·
July 19, 2014

Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela’s legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals will continue to serve as inspiration in popular music.

Today (July 18) marks Nelson Mandela Day, the internationally recognized day of service which is being celebrated for the first time since his death on Dec. 5, 2013. From Public Enemy to Youssou N’Dour to Santana to U2, some of music’s biggest stars have tipped their caps to the revered statesman in their songs, albums and even poems. Check out these 10 particularly memorable musician tributes to Nelson Mandela:


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