On 7 December 2013, Woolworths had planned an in-store performance at our Parkview store in Pretoria. The plan was to support our Operation Smile Christmas campaign with a performance of the Soweto Gospel Choir’s rendition of James Brown’s I Feel Good.

The Thursday night rehearsal went well. But on Friday, the song could not resonate with any of us. Together with the choir, we decided to transform the performance into a Madiba tribute.

We asked the Soweto Gospel Choir for suggestions and they unanimously chose Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga…which was then performed the next morning.

We are overwhelmed by the response from the public and join in continuing the remembrance and mourning for Nelson Mandela, Africa’s greatest leader.

On 7 December 2013, Woolworths had planned an in-store performance at our Parkview store in Pretoria. The plan was to support our Operation Smile Christmas campaign with a performance of the Soweto Gospel Choir’s rendition of James Brown’s I Feel Good.