Listen to What the Drums Say: Jasiri X Memorializes Mandela

The video tribute above comes from Jasiri X who’s taken to music to reflect on the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

In the chorus he raps:

Then I looked over the horizon and saw Mandela in a sun that was rising
He said listen to what the drum say, we are all gonna be free one day

When I looked over the horizon and I saw Mandela with wings he was flying
He said listen to what the drum say, we are all gonna be free one day

There is a history of music inspired by Nelson Mandela.  He has left a profound legacy, the outpouring of love and admiration in light of his passing is a reminder of just how much of an impression he’s made.

And this profound impression spans across generations and countries and peoples.  Nelson Mandela is truly a person of the ages whose impact cannot be understated.  Jasiri’s song beautifully captures that fact and yet goes future.  In honoring Mandela’s legacy– Jasiri also poses a challenge to all those left to carry his torch that’s worth reflecting on as we mourn the loss of a great leader and celebrate the life of an extraordinary individual.

I emailed Jasiri to ask about the inspiration behind the song and he replied:

I believe Nelson Mandela is one of the greatest revolutionaries that has ever lived. When he started to get sick, myself and the song’s producer Agent of Change, wanted to pay tribute to his incredible leadership. I always have wondered why we give so much admiration and love to Nelson Mandela, but so few of us are willing to make the sacrifices he did, to effect a world that still needs revolutionary change. I imagined what a conversation with him would be like and what he would say. I believe Nelson Mandela would have great faith in our generation to carry his ideas and make them a reality. We are all gonna be free one day.

Until then– Rest in Peace, Madiba.

 

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