Peter Gabriel Remembers Nelson Mandela

( "In South Africa, they're dancing. This is how you celebrate a great man." So said Peter Gabriel from the podium of the Roseland Ballroom in New York City Thursday night (December 5), where he was hosting the WITNESS 2013 Focus For Change event.

Peter Gabriel knew Mandela personally, and worked with him in a group Mandela cofounded called The Elders, which also includes former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and President Jimmy Carter. Before the event, Gabriel discussed his fallen icon with, from both a personal and global perspective.

"I think everyone was getting ready for Mandela's death a while back; I recently lost my own dad. You never quite know how long these things are going to take. [His death] was a good release for his family. But it leaves an enormous hole. In many ways, he was a father figure to all those who have campaigned for the rights of others, or for justice. I hope we see some other people emerge with his qualities, but I have my doubts." more on this story is an official news provider for
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