Nelson Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist who played a huge political role in the history of South Africa. Born in 1918, Mandela fought against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies and was sentenced to life imprisonment in the 60's. While in prison, he became a symbol for the growing anti-apartheid movement.
He was released in 1990 and was elected president in 1994. During his term, he worked to provide better living conditions for the people and preached tolerance towards the white population. He retired in 1999 after the end of his term and became an advocate for several human rights organizations, including SOS Children's Villages.
Nelson Mandela's name is also linked to music, as many artists dedicated songs to him. In 1988, while he was in prison, a huge concert was organized in London to celebrate his 70th birthday and demand his freedom. Performers included Santana, Simple Minds, Whitney Houston and Tracy Chapman. Another concert was held for his 90th birthday in Hyde Park, London.
Many artists have dedicated songs to him, including Stevie Wonder, Youssou N'Dour and Elvis Costello. His life has even been adapted into a musical, Cape Town Opera's Mandela Trilogy.
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