Winnie is honoured in jazz


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, activist, militant and fighter for freedom died on Monday 2 April 2018 at the age of 81. Throughout her life she was celebrated as a freedom fighter who defied the odds. Over the last few days since her death, it emerging further that she stood her ground to the bitter end.

In this song Sathima Bea Benjamin, the late jazz singer and composer, pays tribute.

Winnie Mandela Beloved Heroine

A song by Sathima Bea Benjamin

Nomzamo, Winnie Mandela, 

Beloved heroine, Winnie Mandela.

Spirited soldier, life on the line,

Mother of the Nation, see her love light shine.

Mother of the Nation, see her love light shine.

Winnie Mandela

 Beautiful and brave is she,

A symbol of courage to all who strive to be free.

We love her grace and dignity,

Beloved heroine is she, Winnie Mandela.

Spirited soldier, life on the line.

 She leads the way, never showing doubts and fears,

Soft, gentle eyes, reflecting all those unshed tears.

The endless days, lonely nights,

All filled with tender, sweet memories of him.

Their great love she holds so dear.

Together, though torn apart, 

She carries deep within her heart.

His dream, her dream, their vision,

Peace and freedom for us all.

Together, though torn apart, 

She carries deep within her heart.

His dream, her dream, their vision,

Peace and freedom for us all.

Nomzamo, Winnie Mandela, 

Beloved heroine, Winnie Mandela.

Spirited soldier, life on the line,

Mother of the Nation, see her love light shine.

Mother of the Nation, see her love light shine.

Winnie Mandela

 Nomzamo, Winnie Mandela.

Hear the song at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-DZJNmKV8E

In the song Sathima Bea Benjamin is supported by Larry Willis on Piano; Buster Williams on Bass; Billy Higgins on Drums/Talking Drums; and Ricky Ford on Tenor Sax.

The song is composed and arranged by Sathima Bea Benjamin, who is also on Voice.

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