"Free Nelson Mandela": the stirring song by Special AKA.
RIP, Nelson Mandela.
I first heard this song from an American classmate in late 1985, as the world watched the Snap Election unfold, that classmate said, “You Filipinos are fighting for freedom like Mandela and his people.” A side memory is when I played it at home during the Christmas holidays and my dad started tapping his feet and then danced the Merengue to the song —the last time I saw him dance.
How everyone thrilled when Mandela was released from jail —and thus launched a peaceful revolution that ended Apartheid and brought such sweeping change to South Africa.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?