Video for 'Invictus'

As we embark on a New Year with fresh beginnings, I am excited to share with you a video for the poem ‘Invictus’ that I recently set to music as a tribute to Nelson Mandela.  I felt it would be powerful to have imagery with the lyrics of this inspirational poem so I asked my son to create this video.  I hope the words of the poem and the images from the life of Nelson Mandela provide inspiration and courage to all. May they assist us to bring more meaning to our daily endeavors, to strive for higher goals and to touch the lives of all those around us.
I recently made the song ‘Invictus’ available for purchase.  Here is the link.
 

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  • Sarmad January 1, 2014Reply

    Lovely! I think we’ll have to view it on VPN — it doesn’t load otherwise. Looking forward to it! 🙂

    Jaleh January 1, 2014Reply

    So very well done to you both! What a beautiful clip – full of emotion…Love your voice, the music and the lyrics too.

    Elika January 1, 2014Reply

    Yes sorry about that Sarmad. The video is on youtube which can’t be seen in China. I hope to post it soon on youku for all my friends in China.

    Elika January 2, 2014Reply

    Thank you Jalehjoon! Blessed to have little T help me with it.

    Annie obasih January 2, 2014Reply

    I love the song dedicated to an icon like Nelson Mandela.
    thank you

    Tony Bristow-Stagg January 2, 2014Reply

    I like the song and video, May God bless Nelson Mandela as He continues His journey to the Love of God. May Justice prevail to all that are wrongly convicted. Thanks for sharing. Regards Tony

    Shahrukh Borumand January 2, 2014Reply

    Thank you Elika for this beautiful song, and very appropriate for such a peace loving person, Nelson Mandela.

    Mikki Williams January 2, 2014Reply

    There are a few moments in history that I witnessed that reinforced to me the coming of the New World Order. one was the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. The other, of course, was the end to Apartheid. Such a wonderful tribute to a great and humble leader. Thanks to you and your son, for creating it, and for sharing it with us.

    Raju Mohan January 2, 2014Reply

    Lovely tribute. Thanks

    Elika January 3, 2014Reply

    Thank you all for your sweet comments and your appreciation of the tribute made for Nelson Mandela.

    Name January 3, 2014Reply

    I just loved it. You are the best.Thanks.

    Janet January 5, 2014Reply

    A big man, a big contribution.
    A pure voice, a pure heart.
    A warm heart, a warm work.

    Sally Lazanas January 20, 2014Reply

    Elika, Thank you for your moving and inspiring tribute! What a magical voice you have, and what pure musicality! Deepest thanks for sharing this with all of us, and to Taraz for providing the beautiful video. The ten days of mourning here in South Africa were a life-changing experience for many, and I pray insights gained by any of us over that time will be sustained so we can bring his legacy to life. Thank you, from another side of the planet 🙂

    Elika January 20, 2014Reply

    Aww thank you Sally for your heart-felt words. I’m sure his life was a huge loss for South Africa and all over the world. We can learn so much from his example.

    GS February 2, 2014Reply

    Both music and video beautifully and respectfully done. Many thanks.

    Jaleh February 4, 2014Reply

    This is absolutely brilliant! It is a masterpiece El love! Wish it would be more widely viewed.
    Thank T for me too. He did a great great job and your voice is truly enchanting, magnetic, magnificent, magical…

    Karen La Clair February 4, 2014Reply

    Caressing music truly a tribute to Nelson Mandela who is among those who are peacemakers: Gandhi, Sadaat, Martin Luther King, Jr and others. Can I share this song?

    Elika July 3, 2014Reply

    Hi Karen – most welcome to share the song! Thank you.
    Thank you Jalehjoon! I will thank T on your behalf. 🙂

    ken Liu July 18, 2014Reply

    Wonderful! Your good performance touched me.
    Here is my Chinese translation of this poem.
    不可征服
    我身披夜色走来,
    身后是无边黑影。
    我感谢诸天之神,
    赐给我不屈之魂。
    在这危难时刻,
    我不退缩,不惊声。
    虽然有大棒当顶,
    宁可流血,不低头。
    穿越怒与泪之地,
    又踏入,恐怖阴影。
    任岁月有多艰险,
    终可见,我心无畏。
    无惧此门多狭窄,
    无惧责罚已注定。
    我是命运的主人,
    我是灵魂的统领。

    Patricia Ulloa-Curcio October 9, 2015Reply

    My brother is an English teacher and shared the poem Invictus with me only a few days ago. It’s exactly what I needed to encourage me through a difficult challenge. The “fell clutch of Cir umstance” and “bludgeonings of Chance” do not discern right from wrong or good from bad. It’s only within our full faculties of mind, body and spirit where faith resides, that there is sustenance to be “the master of my fate” & Captain of my Soul”. Bravo for an exquisitely rendered tribute to a truly honorable man.

      Elika October 10, 2015Reply

      Hi Patricia, many thanks for your message. I’m so happy to hear that the poem has helped you greatly and I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the music that accompanies the poem. This is one of my favourite pieces that I have composed because of the message in the poem.

    Elika October 10, 2015Reply

    Thank you so much Ken for the Chinese translation of this poem!

    Phil Morrison November 7, 2015Reply

    Elika…. I just listened to this beautiful piece in honor of Nelson Mandela! Your voice and piano accompaniment seems to capture the spirit and dignity on this great humanitarian… And I love the modulation you use in the song! Hopefully a lot of folks will go to C D Baby.com and purchase this as I will!
    Blessings from the coastal Georgia!
    Phil

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  • Leonard Williams July 18, 2016Reply

    Struggles accompanies perseverance to those that refuse to lay down the zest for life in pursuit of justified ends. And with your quiet tone, have shown that by listening and understanding words in context and content, an inner soul that never was experienced, can be revived. Thank you so much for being that One.

    Kimberly Gila July 18, 2016Reply

    Hi elika
    beautiful song and video by your son.it seems that your son and daughter are following in your footsteps to the gift of music. Today also is my son 28 th birthday. Badi Hussein Gila.
    Blessings to you and your family.
    Kimberly

    Phil Morrison July 19, 2016Reply

    Elika….again I listened to your beautiful voice capturing the inspiring words with your beautiful melody! So moving!! And your son, Taraz, did a great job with the video! Mucho props!!
    I thought you might like to hear my tribute piece for Nelson Mandela performed by our jazz trio! It does not have poignant quality of your
    piece but I hope you like it! Keep on keepin’ on Elika….you’re the best!
    “Mandela” (Afro-Cuban & swing)
    http://www.broadjam.com/transmit/index.php?id=3054ibay

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