Sadly the inevitable has happened the first black South African President, Nelson Mandela has died. Having been in and out of hospital over the last couple of years the world has lost one of its greatest and iconic citizens. Being active supporter of Artists Against Apartheid due to my friendship with Simple Minds I was lucky enough to be in the audience twice at a concert for the great man where he was in attendance. First was the second Wembley Stadium concert back in 1990 when he was just released from prison after 35 years. The second was the 46664 concert to celebrate his 90th birthday in Hyde Park where I took my daughter, whom just text me about the sad news too. 20 years to prior to this I was also in the crowd at the first Wembley show billed as his 70th birthday Tribute concert where the world demanded his release from prison.
The man’s life was a constant struggle against the establishment in an out dated society. He eventually became its leader as South Africa started the slow road to rebuilding itself. There will be plenty of words penned from folk from every nation around the world in praise of his efforts. It’s a shame we have to say first black president, when it should have been simply president. Rest in peace sir you deserve all the accolades bestowed upon you from around the globe.