“We have not seen him… We have not seen Mandela.”

December 11, 2013; Yahoo South Africa News

In the spirit of life and love, we bring you this flash mob performance of “Asimbinanga” by the Soweto Gospel Choir.The song was written when Mandela was in prison as a call for his release. It takes on an extraordinary power at this moment and in this setting—a Woolworths in South Africa.

Asimbonanga [we have not seen him]
Asimbonang’ uMandela thina [we have not seen Mandela]
Laph’ekhona [in the place where he is]
Laph’ehleli khona [in the place where he is kept]

Asimbonang ’umfowethu thina [we have not seen our brother]
Laph’ekhona [in the place where he is]
Laph’wafela khona [in the place where he died]
Sithi: Hey, wena [We say: hey, you]
Hey, wena nawe [Hey, you and you]
Siyofika nini la’ siyakhona [when will we arrive at our destination]

—Ruth McCambridge