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Documentary - Completed 2012

"Music for Mandela" explores the role music played in the remarkable life of one of the world's most important icons. The effects of this relationship continue to ripple through the poorest South African townships as well as the world stage.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 84 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jason BOURQUE
    • Producer(s)
    • Ken FRITH
    • Synopsis
    • From Nelson Mandela singing at his own prison concert to the present day celebrations of his legacy, the music born out of his inspirational journey is commented on by his closest friends, former exiled musicians, current international artists and community volunteers who use music today to motivate and educate. The documentary also explores what music means to all South Africans and how it became both a unifying force and weapon against apartheid.
      While shooting in South Africa, interviews with local musicians and ex-political leaders who had close relationships with Mandela came about at the last minute as new contacts were discovered, sometimes on the fly. Some of the documentary's more visual B roll, like the street dancing and the visit to Mandela Square, were never officially planned and came about through the recommendations of the South African crew. These incredible opportunities, combined with a willingness to adapt, excellent creative teamwork and sometimes sheer luck, helped shape the final production.
      Combining striking visuals with freedom songs, pop music and hip hop, "Music for Mandela" is both a stirring tribute to the man himself and to the ultimate power of music. The filmmakers were able to create a feature documentary full of insightful, emotional interviews, powerful visuals and an incredible amount of music both dedicated to and inspired by one of the greatest icons of all time – Nelson Mandela.
      Musical performances include celebrated artist Vusi Mahlasela, Grammy award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and new music from the internationally acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir. Interviews include the legendary BB King, Sean Paul, Estelle, Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins and Mandela's grandson – hip hop artist Bambatha Mandela.