A beautiful flash mob in honour of Tata Madiba

2013-12-10 08:34
Johannesburg - It was just a normal Saturday morning in a Woolworths store in Parkview. 

South Africans were still recovering from the sad news of Nelson Mandela’s passing on 5 December. 

Then a little magic happened in the aisles of the popular food and clothing store that touched everyone's heart. 

A flash mob by the Soweto Gospel Choir paid tribute to South Africa’s hero. 

The results were touching and truly inspiring.

Watch the video here:


  • Brenda Timm Morkel - 2013-12-10 08:49

    Beautiful, wish things like this could happen in the South of JHB!!!

      Peter Fraser - 2013-12-11 19:37

      Dearest sweetest Wayne........the flashmob was in a Woolworths Store.

      Walter Kasper - 2013-12-12 05:24

      @PF If not, why not. Publicity or not, the thought alone in it self is excellently portrayed towards a great leader overall. Check the onlookers including the woollies shoppers' reaction towards this great gesture - they all understood clearly who the performance was for and woollies clearly did not exist for that moment of brilliance.

      Piete Koo - 2013-12-12 21:09

      Thank you Woolworths and the choir. This was so touching. I wish I could have experienced it there.

      R Vitor DeVeas - 2013-12-12 22:26

      ".... seems impossible until it is done...." ~ Tata Madiba

  • Paul Mark Maarman - 2013-12-10 08:51

    Proudly South African!

      Yvonne Flori Pfeiff - 2013-12-11 14:56

      Can you translate a bit of it? A lovely tribute,but one I didn't get all of.

      Susanna Johanna - 2013-12-11 19:54

      Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela) / Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is) / Laph'ehleli khona ...

  • Annelie Schutte - 2013-12-10 08:51

    Absolutely beautiful

  • Paul Matthew Alexander - 2013-12-10 08:58

    And that ladies and gentlemen is what it's all about...

  • Pixi Dustin - 2013-12-10 09:01

    not a flash mob...purely planned advert for Woolworths.

      Antoinette Jordaan - 2013-12-10 09:49

      and you couldn't just appreciate the gesture?

      Grant Callaway - 2013-12-10 11:43

      I have to agree that it certainly wasn't a "flash mob" - what are the odds of a whole choir actually working for Woolworths? The article also makes mention of "the popular food and clothing store" Definitely advertising, but touching nonetheless.

      Jaco Wium - 2013-12-10 18:25

      I'm no fan of Woolworths, never set my foot in any of their stores. That doesn't mean I can't give them a thumbs up for hosting this fine impromptu performance. (The true meaning of "flash mob" has been somewhat diluted, but that's a different debate.)

      Brian Exmachina - 2013-12-10 19:22

      You do know that all flash mobs are planned events right? All difference is that they are usually organised by strangers using social media and telecommunications, where here they are co-workers organised inside a company.

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-12-11 10:40

      All flash mobs are planned Pixi... You think people just spontaneously all dance/sing/do the same thing off the cuff?

      Sandra Pixiekid Oosthuizen - 2013-12-11 11:27

      They were wearing the Wollie's T's so they can bled in and look like normal employees!!!!! That was beautiful!

      Sandra Pixiekid Oosthuizen - 2013-12-11 11:28


      Clint Warren - 2013-12-12 03:36

      Jaco do you know what "impromptu" means?

      Gailtosh - 2013-12-12 10:39

      Pixi - loved it anyway. Let's just be happy that they shared their beautiful voices in a tribute to our beloved Mr Mandela.

  • Mathabo Nkiane - 2013-12-10 09:03

    wow this is so great" Tata we respect you"

  • Noshika Singh - 2013-12-10 09:04

    Well this certainly brought tears to my eyes ... Even in death ... Madiba Magic will continue to live on, lighting up pathways for his people. He lived for us and died for us! R.I.P TATA!

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  • Cheran Young - 2013-12-10 09:37

    I will forever hold his man in the highest regard, he will have a special place in my heart. And when I feel fear, anger, hatred, I will visit him and He will guide my actions to ones of peace, love and forgiveness. If we all did this he will live on forever *Love him*

  • Antoinette Jordaan - 2013-12-10 09:49

    How moving! Beautiful...........

  • Lisa Illingworth - 2013-12-10 09:52

    Well done to the choir and to Woolies. I could not stop the tears and I don't care that it makes for great advertising.

      Sally McKenzie - 2013-12-13 22:47

      Lisa, of all the comments I have read, yours is the one that resonates most with me. I have now watched it several times, and love it anew every time. Such magnificent, sonorous voices, and the incredulous looks on the faces of the shoppers, especially the little boy with the half smile of wonder on his face. Don't care about the Woolies advertising, don't care about the lack of spontaneity; I just love the respect shown to Madiba and the fact that, even for a short time, people put aside their differences. Long may this feeling last- in South Africa and in the world. Written from Australia

  • Sizwe Shozi - 2013-12-10 10:14

    this is beautyful...

  • Fern Rose Amber Vorster - 2013-12-10 10:22

    So beautiful! This made me cry!

  • Ulandi De Jager Whelan - 2013-12-10 10:27

    Absolutely stunning

  • Caroline Wise Steenekamp - 2013-12-10 10:28

    Tears stream down my face, not because I am sad (well sort of) , but because this is just so beautiful, their amazing voices and the beautiful faces and the genuine gesture. Maybe it is an ad for Woolies, but still its just lovely. I love the way all kinds of people are expressing their gratitude for Madiba.

  • Louisa Bruce - 2013-12-10 10:29

    Magic! I loved this but sad that I missed this beautiful moment.

  • jandri.vandenberg - 2013-12-10 10:41

    We are such a special nation looking at the people's faces you see real love. Beautiful!

      Gailtosh - 2013-12-12 10:39

      And real tears.

  • jandri.vandenberg - 2013-12-10 10:42

    We are such a special nation looking at the people's faces you see real love. Beautiful!

  • Scebile KaSibiya Sishi - 2013-12-10 10:57

    Wow beautiful...........

  • Arant Molekoa - 2013-12-10 11:00

    I am proudly South African. I love this land with all it's obstacles. Once again we are faced with the realization that there is more good in this amazing land.

  • Liam Massey - 2013-12-10 11:01

    Literally bawling now ... :'(

  • Zohan Steppingstone - 2013-12-10 11:02

    Woolies quick to cash in.

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-12-11 10:41

      Zohan quick to be a chop.

  • Douglas Norman - 2013-12-10 11:28

    AMAZING. only south Africans can sing so beautifully

  • Jennifer Kathleen Smith - 2013-12-10 11:28


  • Gilles Patrux - 2013-12-10 11:37

    Marvelous! What a man he was! I would like to be South African when seeing and hearing that!

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      Nakedi Maeko - 2013-12-10 14:39

      Amazing and beautiful tear to my eyes i just saw this!

  • Debbie Butler - 2013-12-10 11:41

    Just wonderful!

  • Lara Templemore-Walters - 2013-12-10 11:54

    Brings tears to my eyes a beautiful tribute!

  • Ryan Meyer - 2013-12-10 12:01

    So amazing!!! im so proud to be a South African! Thank you TaTa

  • Mariza Pistorius - 2013-12-10 12:01

    Such a heart clenching, yet beautiful tribute..

  • Debbie Williams - 2013-12-10 12:02

    Proud to be a south african today! thx for sharing this beautiful clip, Tata Madiba Tata!!

      Cecilia Brooks - 2013-12-10 15:54

      So Proud to be South African, our African voices rain SUPREME!

  • Muneeba Neeba Cariem - 2013-12-10 12:27

    got goosebumps when i saw this with tears in my eyes. :(

  • Chantal Oosthuizen - 2013-12-10 12:28

    RIP Mandela...your nation loves you!

  • Marisa Maccaferri - 2013-12-10 12:34


  • Tarryn Bannau - 2013-12-10 13:27

    What a beautiful tribute

  • Miriam Passalaris - 2013-12-10 13:48

    cried ...too beautiful.....proudly South African....

  • Hayley Llèlani Johnson - 2013-12-10 14:02

    Absolutely beautiful and heart warming! Proudly South African

  • Jenny Blamire - 2013-12-10 14:41

    so agree with Brenda Morkel!1 - breath taking!1

  • Norman Engela - 2013-12-10 15:07

    very EMOTIVE!!!! i wish this spirit would prevail ALL over South Africa.

  • Marlene Howard - 2013-12-10 15:09

    Got goosebumps!

  • Peggy Swanepoel - 2013-12-10 15:55

    Wow! Wonderful just what I needed on this beautiful rainy day. R.I.P Madiba....

  • Holly Robyn Rodel - 2013-12-10 16:07

    So wonderful, I just wish someone could translate the lyrics into English for me...

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  • Heather Marilyn Tessendorf - 2013-12-10 16:46

    Having just spent the day watching the official memorial service which I thought, apart from President Obamas speech did not catch the essence of the man. This simple song brought tears to my eyes. Well done.

  • Theuns Kruger - 2013-12-10 16:48

    Isn't that Kamini from Masterchef SA at 1:41?

  • Marion Brown - 2013-12-10 16:48

    Can anyone translate this song for me or at least give me a rough idea of what it is saying? I have overseas friends who are very moved by it .

      Chloe Phuti - 2013-12-10 17:18

      From what I know... this is an old song that sang by the people saying to the apartheid police that we will not point him out. We will not tell you where he is. Another verse was also sang for those comrades who died in the struggle whose bodies were not found. Where they say we don't know where they lie.

      Maree James - 2013-12-10 20:47

      Marion, it's saying "Although I Never see you Mandela I love you"

      David Baker - 2013-12-11 10:45

      This is the original song it was based on. It has been adapted for Madiba but I would imagine the message is the similar Chorus: Asimbonanga (we have not seen him) Asimbonang' umandela thina (we have not seen mandela) Laph'ekhon (in the place where he is) Laph'ehleli khona in the place where he is kept) Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey Look across the island into the bay We are all islands till comes the day We cross the burning water Chorus A seagull wings across the sea Broken silence is what I dream Who has the words to close the distance Between you and me Chorus Steve biko, victoria mxenge Neil aggett Asimbonanga Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina (we have not seen our brother) Laph'ekhona (in the place where he is) Laph'wafela khona (in the place where he died) Hey wena (hey you!) Hey wena nawe (hey you and you as well) Siyofika nini la' siyakhona? (when will we arrive at our destination)

  • Vera Adams - 2013-12-10 16:51

    This brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful!! :)