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Paying tribute to a Mandela tribute playlist


Irish rock star Bono, right, and former South African President Nelson Mandela
pose after they met at Mandela's residence at Houghton in Johannesburg, May
25, 2002.


Juda Ngwenya/Reuters

Gilles Peterson


There was always a close tie between Nelson Mandela and music.

I want to share something from our friend Gilles Peterson at the BBC in London.

You can always count on Gilles for quality crate-digging. And he doesn't disappoint with a Mandela Tribute Mix, featuring songs, sounds and spoken words that honor former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Petersen's mix takes listeners from a Hugh Masekela song you don't hear a lot, What Is Wrong with Groovin, to the Harmonius Serenade Choir.

And from there, he goes to the the dark days of apartheid with the late Gil Scott-Heron's wonderfully upbeat shout-out to the people of South Africa — Johannesburg.