Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 5!

Advent Day 5

Day 5: The Specials – “Nelson Mandela”

I was out running errands today when I got the news that Nelson Mandela had died. Whenever I hear his name, I hear the unaccompanied voices at the beginning of this song:

It was the 80s, I was in high school, and any music that came from England was cool. I didn’t realize it would introduce me to current events and social justice issues — that was just a bonus!

Though it’s not technically Advent music, I think one could argue that this song fits; Advent is about hopeful waiting, and it’s hard to imagine a better role model for perseverance and working to create a better world. Rest in peace, Madiba.


p.s. Here’s a post with more musical tributes to Mandela: Top Ten Songs About Nelson Mandela.


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