Nelson Mandela’s legacy includes influence on popular music

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Nelson Mandela’s legacy includes influence on popular music

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Dec 5, 2013

Today’s passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela, 95, at his home in Johannesburg serves as a reminder of just how much his ideals have inspired popular music through the years. As Billboard.com reports, “From Public Enemy to Youssou N'Dour to Santana to U2, some of music's biggest stars have tipped their caps to the revered statesman in their songs, albums and even poems.” Check out these 10 memorable musicial tributes to the anti-apartheid leader, which also includes contributions from Santana, Simple Minds, 2Pac, Tracy Chapman and more.

Musician Paul Simon, whose top-selling "Graceland" album was recorded with South African musicians, issued this statement shortly after the political leader's death: "Mandela was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century. He conceived a model for mortal enemies to overcome their hatred and find a way through compassion to rebuild a nation based on truth, justice and the power of forgiveness. His passing should re-ignite a worldwide effort for peace."