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Wyclef Jean Sings Tribute to Nelson Mandela

As world leaders and celebrities gathered Tuesday (Dec. 10) in Johannesburg, South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Wyclef Jean posted a musical tribute to the international hero on YouTube.

The clip, simply titled ‘Nelson Mandela Tribute,’ features the ex-Fugees member performing an elegiac song with his acoustic guitar. ‘Clef paints the late South African leader as a savior and a beacon for peace.

“He’s was ready for the firing squad / To die for equal rights and justice / I wrote this song ’cause I shook the hands of the prophet, Nelson Mandela,” he sings.

Wyclef recently appeared on BET’s ’106 & Park’ to discuss the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

“Nelson Mandela is a sign of inspiration. [He was for] the idea of equal rights and justice for all,” he said.

“The way we all can carry the legacy of Nelson Mandela is practice what we preach,” the hip-hop veteran continued. “We should fight for the idea of equal rights and justice. The idea of fighting for a better world; the idea of we don’t want wars no more, we should fight for that.”

Watch more of Wyclef Jean’s conversation below.

Memorial Service For Nelson Mandela
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Watch Wyclef Jean Talk About Nelson Mandela’s Legacy on BET’s ’106 & Park’

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