Concert: Inspired by the life of Nelson Mandela


7pm May 13th
at World Heart Beat Music Academy,
58 Kimber Rd, SW18 4PP

Special presentation by Alex Pascall OBE

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On 13th May, we hosted a stunning concert in celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela. Over 120 people crammed into the Academy to support our talented students as they played and sang a variety of South African themed pieces:

South African National Anthem in Zulu
Zimbabwe by Bob Marley
Peace by Horace Silver
Aja by Bheki Mseleku
Under African Skies by Paul Simon
A Time to Love by Stevie Wonder
Homeless by Paul Simon
Free by Stevie Wonder
Dance for Marie-Do by Donald Brown
Sugarman by Sixto Rodriguez
Suluman Saud by Bheki Mseleku
Free Nelson Mandela by Jerry Dammers

The concert was directed by Trevor Watkis and accompanied by guest artist Tony Kofi (award winning British Jazz musician). The music, together with the vibrant surroundings conjured up a tangible South African atmosphere.

After a brief interval, Alex Pascall OBE (legendary broadcaster and founder of national newspaper The Voice) took the stage to deliver a moving speech. He remarked on how wonderful it was to see so many people from such a variety of backgrounds under one roof for a common cause.

Celebrating the significance of Nelson Mandela and the value of all people in society. Directed by Trevor Watkis and featuring the young and talented musicians at the World Heart Beat Music Academy and contributions from special guests.

Inspired by the life of Nelson Mandela, the love and commitment to change and not accept the norm of mediocre this concert will celebrate the significance of Nelson Mandela, the value of all people in society and to celebrate through diversity that even a single person can have significant impact on the world which we live in.

Proceeds to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

News from the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund


The sound of children playing and laughing – exactly what our founder Nelson Mandela would have wanted – marked the beginning of construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg on 20 March 2014.

Led by the hospital’s child ambassador, six-year-old Michai’ah Simons, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, turned the first sod. Scores of children broke into cheers of jubilation as five huge earth-moving machines roared into action on the site.

Speaking at the construction site, Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, said the hospital was dedicated to the children of southern Africa.

Sibongile said:
“After years of fundraising under difficult economic conditions, we are proud to announce that we have raised R570 million, enabling us to break ground and start building the hospital. Fundraising by the hospital trust will continue until the target of R1 billion is reached.”

Motsoaledi said:
“On behalf of the Department of Health, we commit our continued support. The hospital will be a place for teaching and research.”

Wits University Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Habib remembered how Madiba walked the academic institution’s grounds in the 1940s and was told by one of its academics that “black people cannot be great lawyers”. “I wish to apologise for this and the donation of land to make your dream a reality is our demonstration of our apology .Wits University will ensure that we have various academic and clinical synergies for the operation of the hospital and for the training and education of high level clinical paediatric skills in the southern African region,” he said.

The building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is the one place where the legacy of Mr Nelson Mandela and his love of children exist in the daily life of a child. Every interaction will be an expression of his love and care for children.

Through its training and research, the hospital will build human capacity and will spread the ethos, values and approach of Mr Mandela.

As Mr Mandela said:
“Children have a right to be cared for and receive the best medical treatment available when they are ill. They have a right to receive this treatment in an environment that is safe and caring with uncompromising standards and where the needs of children are always top priority.

The need for a dedicated children’s hospital is not a luxury, but a vital necessity that can no longer be delayed. This is a call for action to people who not only sleep to dream, but are also capable of waking up to work towards making dreams a reality.

I thank you for your commitment to this wonderful initiative of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and I ask for your continued support as we work together to take one step further in our efforts to change the way society treats its most precious asset – our children.” Nelson R. Mandela

We need your help to make Mr Mandela’s dream a reality.

Motsoaledi said:
“On behalf of the Department of Health, we commit our continued support. The hospital will be a place for teaching and research.”


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  1. Jill D 06/08/2014 at 10:35 am #

    Last night’s concert was exceptional, the talent in the room was amazing. There was a fantastic atmosphere and, of course, the cause was very important. I think they could have filled a room ten times bigger – at least! I will be keenly looking out for any repeat performances. Thank you, and congratulations, to all involved.

  2. Paul Broadhurst 06/08/2014 at 10:35 am #

    On Tuesday I attended a wonderful, intimate concert celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. The young jazz musicians were staggeringly good and are supported by a team of brilliant professionals including Sahana, Trevor Watkis and Julian Joseph.

    If you get the chance to attend a concert, I’d thoroughly recommend it.

    Thanks Sahana. It was a real pleasure to experience world heartbeat at last. Wonderful music making. So joyful.

    Paul Broadhurst
    City Hall, SE1 2AA

  3. Amelia Baker 06/08/2014 at 10:36 am #

    I absolutely loved the concert and it made me forget about everything for the evening. It was such a delight to meet the new students. Renato in particular has such a lovely aura about him as well as being exceptionally talented!! I hope the evening was a success and that you sold the painting to a very high bidder!! I also wanted to say what an inspiration Alex Pascale was! I could have listened to him for hours.

  4. Ginny Greenwood 06/08/2014 at 10:36 am #

    Thank you for inviting me to such an energetic and uplifting evening.

    All good wishes

    Ginny Greenwood (Chief Executive, Mayor’s Music Fund For Young Londoners)

  5. Cllr. Angela Graham Mayor of Wandsworth 06/08/2014 at 10:37 am #

    It was an absolute pleasure to visit the World Heart Beat Music Academy. (Cllr. Angela Graham, Mayor of Wandsworth)

  6. Amber 06/08/2014 at 10:37 am #

    The Nelson Mandela concert was wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. It was fantastic.

  7. Tony 06/08/2014 at 10:37 am #

    Hi Colin and Ross,

    A big thank you also from me for providing such an excellent back drop, both visually and acoustically.

    Sahana is too modest to say it but the concert was awesome. The quality of the performances brought goose bumps to the audience’s skin and tears to their eyes. There is a nest of superbly nurtured talent on your doorstep!

    Best wishes,


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