After spending 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid in South Africa, he emerged to become the country's first black president.
Many musicians called for Mandela's release, including the Specials, who recorded a song called "Free Nelson Mandela".
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-- Paul Simon on Nelson Mandela's passing, December 5, 2013