International Jazz Day

S2021 E1 | CLIP

"Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)"

Enjoy a moving performance of "Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)" by the late great Hugh Masekela (flugelhorn, vocals), with Lee Ritenour (guitar), Marcus Miller (electric bass), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Guillaume Perret (tenor saxophone), John Beasley (Musical Director, piano), Mino Cinélu (percussion), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), Kellylee Evans (vocals) and Michael Mayo (vocals).

AIRED: April 30, 2021 | 0:05:14
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TRANSCRIPT

A little more than 50 years ago,

a group of young South African men

were arrested and thrown into prison

and sentenced to death for leading their people

in the fight against the apartheid.

A little over 20 years ago,

these same men were released from prison.

And when they came out, they were very old,

but their spirit wasn't broken.

And they said to us, "Don't burn your country down

like other people do when they get their freedom.

But instead, let us build this country

together with those who oppressed us before

and let us forgive them.

But we should never forget and never again,

in the future of this land, where one group of people

ever get to dominate another again.

And contrary to what a lot of naysayers

and unbelievers thought, two days ago, three days ago

on the 27th of April, 2015,

the people of South Africa

celebrated their 21stanniversary

as a free nation.

So when you see all of you stand up here

and shake a little booty,

just shake a little booty here for all those old geezers.

♪ Bring back Nelson Mandela

♪ Bring him back home to Soweto ♪

♪ I want to see him walking down the streets ♪

♪ Of South Africa

- When?

♪ Tomorrow

♪ Bring Back Nelson Mandela

♪ Bring him back home to Soweto ♪

♪ I want to see him walking down the streets ♪

♪ Of South Africa

♪ Mayibuye

♪ Mayibuye

♪ Helele, buya Mandela

♪ Helele, buya Mandela

♪ Bring back Nelson Mandela

♪ Bring him back home to Soweto ♪

♪ I want to see him walking down the streets ♪

♪ Of South Africa

- When?

♪ Tomorrow

♪ Bring back Nelson Mandela

♪ Bring him back home to Soweto ♪

♪ I want to see him walking down the streets ♪

♪ Of South Africa

- Marcus Miller!

♪ Bring back Nelson Mandela

♪ Bring him back home to Soweto ♪

♪ I want to see him walking down the streets ♪

♪ Of South Africa tomorrow

♪ Bring back Nelson Mandela

♪ Bring him back home to Soweto ♪

♪ I want to see him walking down the streets ♪

♪ Of South Africa

♪ Mayibuye

♪ Helele, buya Mandela