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Latest News The Birmingham Nelson Mandela Tribute: Thank You from The Drum

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The Birmingham Nelson Mandela Tribute: Thank You from The Drum

December 20th, 2013 5:30 pm

The Drum would like to express our thanks to all the performers, musicians, singers, dancers, poets, speakers, community representatives and audiences members who joined us on Sun 15 Dec to pay their respects to the late great Nelson Mandela.

The event was a spectacular display of the values of peace, unity and cooperation between people from all walks of life which Mr Mandela represented. Birmingham’s amazing cultural diversity was displayed across multiple art forms, from Hip-Hop and Spoken Word poetry to Bhangra, African dance and Gospel singing. Hundreds of members of the public came to join us in celebrating Mr Mandela’s achievements, and we thank everyone involved for making the event truly memorable.

Thank you to all the artists, performer and speakers involved. Special thanks to Yaz Alexander for helping to coordinate the event, to Robannas Studios for donating their technical equipment, Leon Security, Audrey and Barbara from Inspiring the Next Generation, Trevor from Gatecrash Sounds, Gary Stewart from Recognize Black Culture, George Francis, Nehemiah Gabiddon, Natalie King, and everyone else who gave their time and energy to make this event happen.

“I am so proud of our communities and artists coming together in unity to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. His unwavering commitment to social justice, equality, and reconciliation inspired people the world over, and from prisoner to president, he remained a man of the people.

Mr Mandela and the people of South Africa have always had a special place in the heart of Birmingham’s communities, and we were honored to host a befitting tribute to the life and legacy of one of the world’s greatest statesman.

Thank you to all the people that came and supported the event, all the artists that performed, all the speakers, and all of my colleagues at The Drum.”

Mukhtar Dar, Director of Arts & Marketing

A selection of photographs from the day can be found on our Facebook and Flickr pages.

In Autumn 2014 The Drum will be holding the week-long Afrovibes Festival and welcoming numerous South African artists. This event will mark the 20th anniversary of South African freedom and democracy, and will be dedicated to Nelson Mandela.