Skip links

Nelson Mandela – The Song Lives On Concert

Nelson Mandela – The Song Lives On is a Concord Nkabinde and David Klassen collaboration for a public concert at the Drostdy Teater.

The collaboration displayed two South African creative artists digging deep into their collective years of musical performance and production. As a result, The Song Lives on delivered a performance piece that re-visited the essence and depth found in the words of one of the greatest humanitarians to have ever lived, Tata Nelson Mandela.

The production sought to ensure that the impact created by the words of power, love, courage and healing that Madiba left us with, last for generations to come.

“Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music.” – The words of South Africa’s former president himself.

Nkabinde and Klassen, for the first time, presented this work that respectfully and carefully interwove new compositions as well as existing songs with an audio-visual presentation.

The concert carried history lessons from South Africa’s past whilst inspiring us to work together to create a future of bright possibilities.

“This will be just as exciting for the audience as it will be to us, as we together re-examine the words and ideals of an Icon.” – Concord Nkabinde.

Along with Klassen, Nkabinde and three well-established and highly respected Cape Town-based artists to collaborated on this concert. Including:

  • Mark Fransman, a highly accomplished saxophonist, pianist, flautist, vocalist, composer and music educator;
  • Nomfundo Xaluva, a dynamic new voice in the music scene, who is also a pianist, composer and music educator; and
  • Bulelwa Basse, a profound and prolific performance poet, language facilitator, speaker and community builder.

The result of this collaboration is a concoction of different musical styles. This includes well-thought out musical compositions and arrangements, expertly glued together by moments of improvisation. The five-piece outfit delivered an experience that will remain in the hearts and minds of many, for years to come.

“I am excited about it. It’s got meaning and purpose. We are honouring the values and humanitarian ideals of a man who deserves to be honoured in this manner.” – David Klassen

Integral to the Nelson Mandela – The Song Lives On concept are free community workshops. These aim to engage and inspire young artists to tap into our country’s rich heritage in order to devise new creative works.

Young and emerging artists were invited to attend in order to learn more about the creative process and the music industry in general. Facilitators, Nkabinde and Klassen’s, along with guest artists also encouraged them to use this project as a model to draw from history and heritage when creating new artworks.

Finally, the project seeks to encourage continued dialogue and conversation in order to realise equality and justice for all.

For more information, visit

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.