Some photos courtesy of Sunny Norton Photography and Gavin Wereloff
CULTUREHORDE and the NELSON MANDELA FOUNDATION Presents
Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert
at the St. Paul the Apostle Church
featuring Morgan Freeman, Mayor David Dinkins, former President Bill Clinton, Gareth Cliff and the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa
President Bill Clinton with Gareth Cliff
Pamela Mirels, Morgan Freeman and the Soweto Gospel Choir
Morgan Freeman and the Soweto Gospel Choir
Photo by Sunny Norton Photography
On the evening of Thursday, February 13th CultureHorde and the Nelson Mandela Foundation held a very special concert at St. Paul the Apostle Church remembering the legacy of former South African president Nelson Mandela. The Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert encompassed of music performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa to celebrate Nelson Mandela's life and contributions. The snowy night did not stop New Yorkers coming to experience this special event. Many people flew from South Africa to be part of the event, showing what a big impact Nelson Mandela has made to South Africans and the world.
CultureHorde is a private arts club that connects sophisticated professionals to the most compelling, exclusive cultural events in New York. Members get access to private art, music, theatre, and cuisine events at NY's premier cultural institutions, and meet the leading experts and celebrities in these fields. CultureHorde works with NY’s prestigious cultural organizations to grant members access to events normally reserved for high-level donors. They also produce their own events exclusively for the members. The South African founder of CultureHorde, Pamela Mirels organized the special event. She and her family emigrated to the United States in the late 1980s.
Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman read some of those writings. "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities," Freeman said. "It is an ideal for which I hope to live and to see realized." Former President Bill Clinton shared stories about his late friend, and stressed that Mandela's life and work cannot become a distant memory. "Pick up the paper tomorrow, read the news, look at where they're fighting, ask yourself what they're fighting about, and ask yourself, if Nelson Mandela were running the affairs of that country, would there be this level of violence and killing, and the answer, invariably, will be no," Clinton said. Organizers said that money raised from this tribute concert will go towards toward expanding Mandela's presidential library and to promoting social justice.