Nelson Mandela’s Welcome to Glasgow

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Nelson Mandela had a strong connection to the city of Glasgow:

  • Glasgow was the first city in the world to honour Nelson Mandela with the Freedom of the City, in 1981, nine years before he was released from prison.
  • In a bold move to send a message to the then apartheid regime, the council also renamed St George’s Place as Nelson Mandela Place in 1986.  This was seen as highly significant as this then became the address of the South African Consulate, which was based there.
  • In October 1993, two years after his release from prison, Mandela came to Glasgow, where he was described by the then council leader Jean McFadden as “a symbol of the fight for equality and freedom across the world”.
  • The event famously saw Mandela dancing on stage in George Square, to the delight of the crowd of 10,000 people who had come to see him.
  • A plaque commemorating the 30th anniversary of Glasgow awarding Mandela the Freedom of the City was unveiled by Denis Goldberg in 2011, a fellow defendant at the now infamous Rivonia trial.
  • The plaque is engraved with words Mandela spoke from the dock during that trial on 20 April 1964. “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

This piece of music was written by Blair Douglas, a musician born and brought up on Skye.

PDF files for the music:

Nelson Mandela – Harmonica Section 1 First Desk Player 1 – Adam

Nelson Mandela – Accordion Section 1 First Desk Player 2 – Ethan

Nelson Mandela – Clean Guitar Section 1 First Desk Players 3&4, Bagpipes – Freya and Alice

Nelson Mandela – Orchestra Hit Section 1 Second Desk Player 1 – Josh

Nelson Mandela – Xenon Pad Section 1 Second Desk – James, Matthew G. and Harry

Nelson Mandela – Trumpet Section 1 Third Desk – Gemma, Amy and Ben L.

Nelson Mandela – Firewire Section 3 First Player – Jacob

Nelson Mandela – Choir Section 3 – Megan, Matthew L., Finlay, Ben C., Callum, Evelyn and George

SECTION 2 – There is no sheet music for you.  The drums and percussion are extremely important in this song; they create the fusion between the African and Scottish music in this track.  You are responsible for the drums and percussion, and Kit will help you to chart the part and learn it.

Audio at 100bpm:

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Audio at 120bpm:

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Original track, recorded by Blair Douglas:

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