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    Posted December 6, 2013 by
    Guateng, South Africa
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Nelson Mandela: Your memories

    NLawrenson and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Remembering Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela: A celebration of his life and a mourning of our loss.

    5 December 2013 marked a significant day in the lives of all South Africans with the passing of a truly great leader who managed to steer South Africa peacefully in democracy.

    The South African National Youth Orchestra paid tribute to this great man by performing the South African National Anthem outside his residence in Johannesburg. The crowd joined in singing in full voice and in true South African style encouraged and cheered for more. The musicians responded by launching into improvisation of Sophiatown tunes, such as Miriam Makeba’s Pata-pata; Kwela – kwela and Thoko by the Mahotella Queens.

    It was a very moving experience for everyone.
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