Remembering Madiba – attending the tribute service

Last night I again found myself in Houghton, Johannesburg. This time around I was at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, where there was a celebratory service being held for the late statesman. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu led the service, which was attended by musician Peter Gabriel, Johannesburg Mayer, Parks Tau, human rights lawyer George Bizos, media from all over the world and of course some of Madiba’s VSPs (Very Special Persons).

Bishop Tutu is a fantastic speaker. He is funny, heartfelt, intelligent and definitely not shy. The only time he got ‘shy’ was when he met eyes with his wife who was front and centre at the service. Here is a little clip from his address:

Some of most loved musicians were also in attendance. The Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir kicked things off. They were then joined by Johnny Clegg, who sang a very moving version of Asimbonanga (see below). Danny K, Mamma Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lloyd Cele, Ed Jordan, Louise Carver, Ross from Prime Circle and Sipho Hotstix Mabuse all took to the stage too. It was truly a celebration of the man we all loved, cherished and respected.

Today is the official state memorial. The programme is expected to commence at 11am, CAT. Check your local listings to see when you can watch the proceedings.

Want to go to the 5 Gum Summer Sessions this Saturday?

Want to do something fun this Saturday? Why not head on down to the 5 Gum Summer Sessions? The event is taking place on the Alex Theatre Rooftop on Sunday. R50 will get you in and with that dirt cheap R50 entrance, you’ll get to see the likes of Desmond & the Tutus, Ashtray Electric and many many more. Check them out on Facebook for more deets.

I’ve got five tickets up for grabs. Just drop me a comment with your contact details and they’re yours! Boom.

Music Chart News

Billboard Hot 100 Number 1 Single:
Empire State of Mind- Jay-Z + Alicia Keys

BBC Radio 1 Number 1 Single:
You Are Not Alone- X Factor Finalists 2009

Nokia Music Store Number 1 Singles Download:

I Gotta Feeling- The Black Eyed Peas

Billboard Hot 100 Number 1 Album:
The Circle- Bon Jovi

BBC Radio 1 Number 1 Album:
Words For You – Various Artists

Nokia Music Store Number 1 Album Download:
Staring At The Ceiling- Watershed

Here’s Bon Jovi’s new single off their Number 1 album. It’s called “We Weren’t Born To Follow”. Look carefully, some of the greats like Archbishop Desmond Tutu!