MIDNITE to perform in Denver on Nelson Mandela Day

MIDNIGHT RAVER’s partner site Inity Weekly and Rockers Movement are joining forces to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day with St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands-based roots reggae band, Midnite.

Midnite has gained a massive cult-like following. With the “chant-and-call” style and heavy conscious lyrics of Midnite’s Vaughn Benjamin enhancing the band’s music, Midnite attracts a diverse, progressive and intellectual audience.

The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better. It is ultimately a call to action for people to recognize their ability to have a positive effect on others around them.

Supporting acts are Ghanaian/Boulder-based Reggae/Afropop band, Selasee and the Fafa Family, 2014 Westword Music Award nominee, Rastasaurus, and Cannabis Cup winner, DJ Nikka T of Joseph Starr Sound.



Greatest Mandela Tribute Tunes?

Many thanks to MIDNIGHT RAVER’s Peter Van Arnhem for sending me this list of the greatest reggae tunes with Nelson Mandela in the title.  The list was compiled by www.reggae.be.

Reggae artists were an integral part of the awareness campaign against apartheid.

Macka B: Proud of Mandela
Admiral Bailey: Bawling for Mandela
Brigadier Jerry: Nelson Mandela for president

Sugar Minott: Letter to Mandela
Carlene Davis: Welcome home Mr Mandela
Carlene Davis: Rise up President Mandela
Majek Fashek: Free Mandela
Sister Carol: Mandela’s Release

Yami Bolo: Free Mandela
Scion Succes: Mandela is free

Barrington Levy: Mandela You’re free
Tommy McCook: Mandela
Supercat: Mandela Land
Hugh Griffiths: Free Mandela
I Jan Man Levi: President Mandela
Burning Spear:  Mandela Marcus
Danny Dread: Free Mandela
Shabba Ranks: Mandela Free
Papa San: Mandela come

Screwdriver: Mandella
Tony Rebel: Mandela story
Papa Biggie & Ernest Wilson: Dem free Mandela

Of course, the GREATEST Nelson Mandela tribute was this ya one:

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A few words about Nelson Mandela


So I guess what everyone’s saying is true:  the world lost a giant today.

Unfortunately, I found out about the death of Nelson Mandela at 6am this morning when I turned on the television to see a truly absurd moment in world history, and a perfect illustration of U.S. arrogance in the face of a truly humbling event.

Al Sharpton, one of the most vile and divisive figures in modern US history, critique the career and comment on the significance of Nelson Mandela, one of the most unifying figures in the history of humanity, as a civil rights and world leader.  Although absurdly ironic, it is interesting to see what the small people have to say about the big people.  I had the same feeling as I watched Barack Obama deliver yet another lame, divisive, gravity-free speech from the Lincoln Memorial 50 years-to-the-day after the Honorable Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech.  Again, small people talking about big people.

The first thing I thought about was the summer of 1995 when I found Mandela’s book Long Walk To Freedom. 

My book today
My book today

I spent the entire summer reading and contemplating the book.  Most know the facts.  Born into royalty, gives it up to fight for truth and rights, jailed for 27 years, misses the funeral of his eldest son and mother.  A life too brutal to even put into perspective.  So I will not attempt to do it here.

But I’m sad.  I’m real sad.

I know South Africa and much of the world is celebrating a real giant, a true gift from God for all humanity.

I wish I felt that way.  There is less hope in the world today.

In my opinion, he is the greatest mortal who ever touched the earth.  Period.

Men like this are not born here any more.  Today’s leaders are cowards.  All of them spineless and self-serving.  None of them willing to die for a cause.

All we have left are the little men.

I could talk about how profoundly his story affected me on a personal level.  I could talk about the connection that many felt with him.  I could put together a tribute mix.

None of it is worthy.

My favorite photo from the book…

My favorite photo of Mandela

This is how I will choose to recall this great man.  A fighter.  Shadowboxing.

1000 years from now Nelson Mandela will be remembered as a savior.  Today’s leaders will not even be in the history books.

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“Let’s recall some great men”

This Burning Spear 12″ could not be more relevant.  They don’t make truly authentic leaders like they used to – martyrs who were willing to give their lives for the cause.  Men like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela.  Today, we have lightweights like Barak Obama, Al Sharpton, George W. Bush…the list of ineffectual phonies is endless.

“Let’s recall some great men”

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