February 11th, 2015 marks the anniversary of the momentous release of who may be the world’s greatest activist and revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. His work and incredible efforts are forever etched in the history books, making him one of the most influential figures of all time.
Music legend, David Aldo, who was voted ‘Best Male Vocalist’ in South Africa and who has seven No.1 Hits in that territory, personally met Mandela twenty-five years ago whilst he was fresh from release on his ‘Freedom Tour’. At that time, Aldo was a young, up-and-coming singer-songwriter who spent the majority of his time performing live concerts to his swelling fan base. By coincidence, Mandela and his entourage passed the site where Aldo happened to be performing and the power of the music brought Mandela to a standstill. He diverted from his pre-agreed path and the crowds watching Aldo parted to allow the mighty man to reach the stage. Meeting Mandela in person on that day apparently gave Aldo an insight into his character and left an indelible memory of this great man on Aldo:
“He was very moved by music,” Aldo comments, “I was performing during Mandela’s freedom tour and he listened to me. When I’d finished he hugged me personally with a tear in his eye, I could see that music was an important factor in his life. He’s a powerful man in so many ways and the moment we embraced is unforgettable, it was truly amazing.”
David Aldo was originally born in Wallsend, England, however his family immigrated to South Africa when David was very young. As David Aldo later went on to become a musical star in his own right in South Africa. He built a career on hit singles, world tours, performing with international superstars and being dubbed the ‘Artist To The Stars’ by being the first on call performer for celebrity clientele such as: Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, James Caan, Clive Davis, Rod Stewart and Elton John – as well as making memorable performances worldwide and in the US from Beverly Hills to Newport Beach, California. As the top male music artist in South Africa, David Aldo had gained a profile and celebrity status which gave him a national voice – one of influence amongst the South African people.
“I felt compelled to give something back to the country that had given so much to me,” Aldo smiles, “So I wrote ‘Madiba’ as an 80th birthday present to Mandela. He’d given so much hope and strength to so many people throughout his life and I felt compelled to return the favour. I know how much music meant to him, how much it moved and strengthened him, so I wrote ‘Madiba’ as a gift of ‘thanks’.
The outstanding work of Nelson Mandela may live in the hearts of many forever. As this week marks twenty-five years since the historical moment when Mandela was freed, David Aldo felt that the power of music, which moved Mandela so much, might be remembered in his honor. As a 25th Anniversary celebration of Mandela’s release, David Aldo has released a video tribute, which may be seen here: http://youtu.be/D9y_Grlzlwk
David Aldo’s UK debut album ‘David Aldo’ is released on 6 April. For more information visit: http://www.davidaldo.com