Nene ded­i­cates song to Mama Win­nie


‘I Am’ by SUL­TRY Dur­ban songstress Sindi Nene has bid farewell to Strug­gle hero Win­nie Madik­izela-man­dela with a song ded­i­cated to her.

The song, I am (Win­nie Man­dela) was re­leased as a trib­ute to the “Mother of the Na­tion” who was buried in Four­ways yes­ter­day.

“Win­nie Man­dela was and will con­tinue to be a sym­bol of hope, free­dom and in­spi­ra­tion not only to young South African peo­ple, but the whole of Africa. What she stood for is big­ger than just one group of peo­ple.”

In the song, she sings: I strived and in­spired and I fought to ac­quire, I lived and served, now I will rest. Free­dom, free­dom, free­dom, to the land, free­dom.

In an­other verse she sings: I am a leader ‘cause I am a woman, I am an African Queen and I am, a win­ner of Africa, the mother land of free­dom fight­ers, of con­quer­ers. From Africa I was made with su­per pow­ers, It’s an African thing.

Nene rose to fame dur­ing on Idols SA in 2010 where she made it to the top three.

The mu­si­cian said al­though she never met Madik­izela-man­dela, she was in­spired by her.

“It would have been a great hon­our to have met her.”

After a four-year hia­tus from the in­dus­try, Nene re­turned last year and is set to launch her self-ti­tled al­bum on April 28 un­der Arthur Mafokate’s 999 Mu­sic la­bel.

At some point Nene faced chal­lenges and be­came de­pressed when things went sour in the in­dus­try. She said the chal­lenges taught her not to wait on any­one to cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity for her. “For the first time in years I’ve man­aged to cre­ate an al­bum that re­flects who I re­ally am.”

The song is avail­able Soundcloud. on

WATCH Sindi Nene per­form the Win­nie Man­dela trib­ute song scan­ning this pic­ture with your IOL app on your smart­phone.

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