Nelson Mandela Artillery celebrates Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela Artillery regiment standing at the Castle of Good Hope with Table Mountain as their backdrop

“Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes. We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity…” This was the campaign message to the world in April of 2009 by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the world has heeded its call since then.

The band had made plans for this year’s Mandela Day but unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic put a spanner in the works and the plans needed to be changed. We are lucky that we have a team that can think on their feet and made the necessary changes where could celebrate Madiba’s birthday.

What was the Band’s plan of Action?

What could we do while being under the National lock Down for Mandela Day? We did have this plan in visiting the retirement homes of the veterans. We had to skip that idea because of Covid-19 pandemic. What do we do now? We do what we always do, perform. We are extremely grateful that we had the beautiful weather here in the Mother City and we took full advantage of it. We also took the advantage of the Castle of Good Hope as well. We decided to film a few videos. Nelson Mandela once said, “Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music.“ The band was kitted out with their new Nelson Mandela Artillery face masks and armed with their pipes and drums and headed to the roof to pose for pictures and perform a few pieces of music.

We had Mark Russell from MysticSouth Productions who was so happy to assist us with some videos and photos on the day. He spent time with us and edited a video for us. We also spent time marching on the grounds of the castle. It’s always good to get back to the swing of things.

We need to be social.

There is always something to talk about when it comes to the NMA Band. Even though we still meet up on ZOOM every Tuesday Night, we will still find the time after practice to sit down and chat for hours to catch up and listen to stories from the past. On this day we stayed indoors for some toasted sarmies made by our very own Brenda and Wendy which everyone had enjoyed and devoured. If you wanting to contribute to Mandela Day check out the Nelson Mandela Foundation donation page here.