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Jam session to celebrate Mandela’s birthday

Lasting legacy: Nelson Mandela

The eve of the birth of Nelson Mandela will be marked tomorrow night with a jam session at the Chewstick Foundation on Front Street.

The South African activist, who died in December 2013, would have turned 98 on Monday.

From 8pm, there will be “a diverse group of entertainers involved, including some young lions, as well as some of our most seasoned artists, such as Gene Steede”, said Glenn Fubler, of the group Imagine Bermuda, which is inviting residents to celebrate Mandela’s legacy.

“Gene will not only be able to entertain on this occasion but will retell the story of some of his involvement in solidarity with Mandela during that long period of incarceration.”

During a time of worldwide polarisation, Mandela’s contribution is a worthy moment for reflection, he believes.

“While no saint, his life offers an example of what is potentially the best in each of us, regardless of our background,” he said.