WATCH | Madiba magic, Clegg make for happier kids


WATCH | Madiba magic, Clegg make for happier kids

It was part of their 67 minutes, but singing ‘Asimbonanga’ meant so much more for pupils affected by poverty and violence

Nabeelah Osman

It was 1987 when Savuka released their album Third World Child, with Johnny Clegg’s song about the imprisoned Nelson Mandela, Asimbonanga, as its second track.

Thirty-two years later, and two days after Clegg’s death, Sentinel Primary schoolchildren paid tribute to Clegg with the anti-apartheid anthem on Thursday as part of their Mandela Day celebrations, marking the 101st anniversary of Madiba’s birth.

The group of Cape Town children sang Clegg’s Zulu lyrics – “We have not seen him, We have not seen Mandela, In the place where he is, In the place where he is kept” – as part of the school’s 67-minute Mandela Day “dance assembly”...

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