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Paying tribute to a Mandela tribute playlist


Credit: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters

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.

Gilles Peterson
Credit: BBC
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.