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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Lovely! I think we’ll have to view it on VPN — it doesn’t load otherwise. Looking forward to it! 🙂
So very well done to you both! What a beautiful clip – full of emotion…Love your voice, the music and the lyrics too.
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.
Thank you Jalehjoon! Blessed to have little T help me with it.
I love the song dedicated to an icon like Nelson Mandela.
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
Thank you Elika for this beautiful song, and very appropriate for such a peace loving person, Nelson Mandela.
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.
Lovely tribute. Thanks
Thank you all for your sweet comments and your appreciation of the tribute made for Nelson Mandela.
I just loved it. You are the best.Thanks.
A big man, a big contribution.
A pure voice, a pure heart.
A warm heart, a warm work.
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 🙂
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.
Both music and video beautifully and respectfully done. Many thanks.
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…
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?
Hi Karen – most welcome to share the song! Thank you.
Thank you Jalehjoon! I will thank T on your behalf. 🙂
Wonderful! Your good performance touched me.
Here is my Chinese translation of this poem.
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.
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.
Thank you so much Ken for the Chinese translation of this poem!
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!
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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.
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.
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)