Singers and Players of Instruments Pay Tribute to the Late Great South African Hero Despite his advanced age, the news of Nelson Mandela's passing came as a terrible shock today. Perhaps that is because the South African leader had become a living icon of human rights and endurance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The thought that he might be a mortal man hardly crossed our minds. Long before he became the subhject of major motion pictures, Mandela's name had become a one-word prayer, a mantra to give strength to those engaged in the universal struggle. And if there's one genre of music that has consistently kept Mandela's name in heavy rotation, that would have to be reggae. From the UK to Africa to Jamrock, reggae singers and players of instruments have been beating the drums of freedom for the late great Nelson Mandela. And so on this sad day we present some of the best, in a spirit of honor and respect in all aspect. Ten Crucial Selections After The Jump... #10 Special A.K.A. "Free Nelson Mandela" #9 Steel Pulse "Happy 95th, Nelson" #8 Sugar Minott "Letter to Nelson Mandela" #7 Lucky Dube "War and Crime" #6 Yami Bolo "Free Mandela" #5 Sister Carol "Mandela's Release" #4 Macka B "Proud of Mandela" #3 Barrington Levy "Mandela Free" #2 Super Cat "Mandela Land" #1 Brigadier Jerry "Invasion S.A."