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Sunday, 29 July 2018

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Lirik Start Your Day - Mengejar Mimpi

Lyrics for 'Mengejar Mimpi' by Start Your Day


hilangkan semua
rasa ego diri kita
jangan pernah berkecil hati
walau caci maki menghantui

haruskah ku
terdiam diri
dengan semangat
dan ambisi

dan akhirnya ku sadari
percayalah kita
kan bisa
lalui semua...
rintangan yang ada
di depan kita

mari kita lawan hari ini
hadapi semua
yang menghalangi
hancurkan semua rasa benci
di dalam diri
agar harimu
semakin berarti

terpukul angin berhayal
waktu semakin mengejar
saatnya bangkit
dan berlari
bersama kita raih mimpi

haruskah ku
terdiam diri
dengan semangat
dan ambisi

dan akhirnya ku sadari
percayalah kita
kan bisa
lalui semua...
rintangan yang ada
di depan kita

mari kita lawan hari ini
hadapi semua
yang menghalangi
hancurkan semua rasa benci
di dalam diri
agar harimu
semakin berarti

ku masih disini
sejenak berfikir dan menanti
indahnya warna warni dunia
menunggu
kan datangnya sebuah harapan
jangan pernah menyerah
tuk mengejar
mimpi mimpi kita
tak kan ada yang bisa
menghalangi langkah kita

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Lirik Start Your Day - Tak Lagi Bersama

Lyrics for 'Tak Lagi Bersama' by Start Your Day


teringat masa lalu
saat kita bersama
tak ku sangka
kau pergi dariku
lupakan semua
kenangan indah

kan ku kenang
tak akan ku lupa
semua yang telah
kita lalui bersama
kan ku rangkai
kisah kisah kita
walau kita kini
tak lagi bisa bersama

ku tetap berdiri
tegar menghadapi
semua ini
dan aku yakin ini
memang yang terbaik
tak ku sesal
semua yang telah terjadi
karena ini jalan kita

kan ku kenang
tak akan ku lupa
semua yang telah
kita lalui bersama
kan ku rangkai
kisah kisah kita
walau kita kini
tak lagi bisa bersama

don't ever forget about all of our story
though in joy and sorrow..
the story that we've made together
i'll frame all our memories
so youcan understand
how much you mean to me

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Lirik Start Your Day - Bangkit

Lyrics for 'Bangkit' by Start Your Day


kau telah hancurkan aku
dan pergi bersama dia
yang mungkin bisa
buatmu bahagia

tak usah
kau datang kembali
menemani aku disini
semua langkahku
tak akan terhenti

kau beri cinta tanpa alasan
dan hanyalah sebuah kepalsuan

aku memang terjatuh
namun ku mampu
mencoba tuk bangkit kembali
merajut serpihan serpihan asa
dan semangat dalam dada
menuju impian dan cita cita

kau beri cinta tanpa alasan
dan hanyalah sebuah kepalsuan

aku memang terjatuh
namun ku mampu
mencoba tuk bangkit kembali
merajut serpihan serpihan asa
dan semangat dalam dada
menuju impian dan cita cita

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Lirik Torpedoest - Bongkar Akal

Lyrics for 'Bongkar Akal' by Torpedoest


Ilusi sosial telah lama berkumandang
Jutaan omong kosong berkeliaran
Mereka salahkan Tuhan dan para setan
Ayo kawan hadapi kenyataan!

Saatnya bongkar kepala kita!
Saatnya bongkar semua!
Saatnya pasang akal, logika!
Saatnya pasang semua!

Mereka bicara perihal cinta
Mereka dongengkan soal dunia
Yang kata mereka baik-baik saja?!
Sampai gemuruh perut tak bersuara!

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Lirik Pijar - Lunar Biru

Lyrics for 'Lunar Biru' by Pijar


i know, you know
that i was all on my own
but now it seems so hard
to hold on

i know, you know
that we don't have to feel alone
we got nothing to postpone

2x
maybe she's right 2x
i'll take it all
take it all 3x
all the things that she said to me

oh we don't have to feel alone
we got nothing to postpone 2x

4x
maybe she's right 2x
i'll take it all
take it all 3x
all the things that she said to me

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Lirik Sound Of Monkey - Teman

Lyrics for 'Teman' by Sound Of Monkey


teman coba kau katakan
arah mana yang kau pilih
untuk perjalanan kita

aku lelah menanti
dengan ucap jawaban
kau terdiam karena bisu
telah merasuki semua

[1]
dan bila kau sadari
apa yang telah kau lalui
dimanakah dirimu

[2]
jadi inilah
yang kau anggap bangkit?
semuanya pecundang
kau katakan bintang

[3]
tak dapat ku tahan
untuk keluarkan
yang kusangka mati
kau angkat kembali

kawan.. inikah dirimu?
keluarkan amarah
demi sebuah rasa

apakah ini semua
hasil jerih payah mu?
ku pikir ini tak lebih
dari kosong semata

Repeat [1],[2][3]
Repeat [2][3],[2][3]

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Lirik SATWA - Setangkai

Lyrics for 'Setangkai' by SATWA


Yang layu tak lagi disiram
Di tinggal pergi pemiliknya
Berdiri lesu dalam pot kecil
Di bibir jendela

Dia yang dulu ceria
Sekarang menunduk gelisah
Harap tak surut dalam tangkainya
Akankah nona kan pulang

2x
Membasuh dengan mimpi indah
Yang kini tinggal khayalan cerita

Ingat.. sebuah senyuman
Dalam.. ketenangan malam

2x
Berbagi sedih lewat tulisan
Rayakan sepi lewat nyanyian

Harap tak surut dalam tangkainya
Akankah nona kan pulang

Membasuh dengan mimpi indah
Yang kini tinggal khayalan cerita
Merah coklat hingga menghitam
Kelopak gugur dimakan waktu

Ingat.. sebuah senyuman
Dalam.. ketenangan malam

2x
Berbagi sedih lewat tulisan
Rayakan sepi lewat nyanyian

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Saturday, 28 July 2018

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Lirik Total Damage - Bangkai Berita

Lyrics for 'Bangkai Berita' by Total Damage


Kemajuan teknologi,
kemampuan merubah paradigma.
Termakan isu dari kebodohan,
Tersesat oleh gaya bualan.

Perkosa khayal,
merusak otak, nafsu konsumsi.
Bangkai berita,

melegalkan berita, membawa petaka.
Melawan kenyataan, membawa kehancuran.
Perkosa khayal, merusak otak, nafsu konsumsi.

Bangkai berita, melawan nurani.
Bangkai berita, menyesatkan.
Bangkai berita, melawan kenyataan.
Bangkai berita, membawa kehancuran.
Bangkai berita, melawan nurani.
Bangkai berita, membawa kehancuran.

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Lirik Roadblock - Liberty

Lyrics for 'Liberty' by Roadblock


You know I want something crazy
That never happen before
You know I want something crazy
That never happen before

No one could stop
No one could stop
I don't want to stop
I don't want to stop

Oooh I wanted freedom
I don't wanted to stop

I'm a freedom
she is a freedom
we all a freedom

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Lirik youth. - ghost. feat Empty

Lyrics for 'ghost.' by youth. feat Empty


im pretending to be okay
when all eyes are on me
there comes a time when i'm acting like a ghost

drowned in a blue ocean
which is made of long sadness
the tears will never stop to become blood
the sky shouted my last name
roses fall like autumn
the tears will never stop to become blood

i want you to recognize me
a deep and sad dream that
repeats even when you break and wake
on the farewell that the foot
doesn't touch the ground dont let me walk alone

its alright if i run out of the breath
because no one will blame me
even my dreams are painful
i still run out of the breath

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Lirik eńau - Negara Lucu

Lyrics for 'Negara Lucu' by eńau


sudut padangku tentang mereka
yang banyak tanya tanpa membaca
katanya sekolah tapi otaknya mana
tolong dirubah fikirnya

[1]
banyak gaya kosong isinya
sedikit gerak banyak maunya
bangun usaha untuk orang rumah
biar kompormu tetap menyala

yang susah gayanya nomer satu
sana sini jadi benalu
ini pandangan dari kacamataku
tentang negara yang lucu

[2]
uuu, bukan jalan buntu
uuu, kucoba membantu
uuu, merubah arahmu berlaku

[3]
tak kan tampak jika tidak bergerak
tak kan mudah untuk sampai merekah
tak berwarna, kau tak berbeda

Repeat [1]

yang susah gayanya nomer satu
yang senang hasil nipu
ini pandangan dari kacamataku
tentang negara yang lucu

Repeat [2][3][3],

tak kan tampak jika tidak bergerak
tak kan mudah untuk sampai merekah
tak berwarna jika kau tak berbeda

Repeat [3]

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Lirik DARAMUDA - Growing Up

Lyrics for 'Growing Up' by DARAMUDA


Growing up
What are we supposed to see, to feel, to meet
Growing up
What are we supposed to miss, to keep, to leave

When it hurts
It hurts me
When it hurts
Still hurts everytime
One leaves, one ceases

Growing up
How are we supposed to give, to take, collate
Growing up
How are we supposed to love, to breath, to be

When it hurts
It hurts me
When it hurts
Still hurts everytime
We fall and we crawl

Can anybody tell me,
Can anybody tell me,
Can anybody help me,
How to/what to do...

Denizens of the deep
Drifters of the current
Where do we go
Where do we seek?
If not,
Within
Within me
Within you

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Lirik DB MANDALA - Kissing You

Lyrics for 'Kissing You' by DB MANDALA


slow down, we're not in a rush time
time's stopped when i'm alone with you
i don't care if someone's watching me kissing you
cause babe, you taste like sunlight

and it feels so good so good
baby it feels so good so good
baby it feels so good so good
baby it feels so good so good

i've been dying to tell you anything
you want to hear
baby please look inside your heart
i know now is the perfect time
i swear i'll never ever leave you
will you do the same for me too

i know you've been through hard times
baby my love is harder than your pain
i could paint your face in the sky
when you're asleep
you know that i can do that
you know that i can do that
come on

you kill me well
loving you is the best way to end my life
until my final breath
you know you're still my favorite part, in my life

i'll wait for you and i can wait forever
i would still love you on the other side

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Lirik DB MANDALA - Forever

Lyrics for 'Forever' by DB MANDALA


starring at your face
drowning in your eyes
oh baby i'm a mess
you're my perfect phase

you're the only reason
i wanna breathe in and breathe out
without you by my side
i'm running out of luck

it's 3 a.m my eyes open wide
i'm wide awake baby flyin' to your place
watching you're sleepin, make sure that you're okay
i'm just a human being but with you by my side
i've got a super power

forever gonna take care of you
baby all you need is me by your side
in the morning - in the night i'll be the air that you breathe

forever you and me
we stuck in this reality
where you and me, we're gonna live forever
forever you and me, forever and ever
she's only 19 when i met her

i know i was too crazy for her
but oh lord i'm so in love with her
it's a lonely lonely world, i found my partner
let her be my angel and i will be her soldier
forever you and me, forever and ever

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Lirik Db Mandala ft. Tuan Tigabelas - Harmonia

Lyrics for 'Harmonia' by Db Mandala ft. Tuan Tigabelas


Db Mandala:
energi mengalir tanpa perlu berfikir
ke mana ia ingin mengalir dan juga berakhir
peraturan pertama: tidak ada aturan di sana
peraturan ke dua mengingatkan kembali
tidak ada aturan di sana

isi adalah kosong, kosong adalah isi
apa yang terjadi di sana?
tentu penuh cinta dan damai
karna ini hanya isi kepala ku

tidak ada orang jahat di dunia ini
semua memberiku pelajaran
untuk kembali ke jalan yang ku ambil sekarang
tidak perlu tau tujuan, atas nama cinta aku berjalan

biarkan hidup menjadi misteri
hidup lebih berarti bila kau tak tau
apa yang akan terjadi
tak ada satupun noda di dunia ini
tarik nafas percaya kau yang pegang kendali

kebencian tak memiliki tempat di sini
tapi apa kalian juga tinggal di sini?

apa isi kepala kalian?
smartphone yang ketinggalan zaman
sneakers yang sudah kelewat zaman?
inikah pernikahan atau ajang balapan?
sosial media menjadi cambuk yang kejam
bagi teman teman ku tersayang
sayangi diri kalian
untuk apa berlari di tempat yang sama
seakan kalian berlomba hidup siapa yang paling bahagia?
perlombaan yang tak pernah ada
itu hanya khayalan mu saja
yang lahir dari sifat ingin menang sendiri
sadar kemenangan bukanlah milikmu pribadi
pernah bertanya pada diri sendiri?
apa bahagia hidup seperti ini?
sekarang bukan besok nanti ataupun lusa
aku bahagia di mana aku berfikir
di mana pun aku berada
percayalah semua kan indah pada waktunya

Tuan Tigabelas:
yooo
coba tanya
knapa benci kendalikan dunia
kenapa kita selalu jadi budak amarah
hati nurani kita buang ke tempat sampah
kenapa kita jual agama tuk benci sesama

man,ambil waktu coba berfikir
tanya kenapa orang baik selalu tersingkir
benci direpetisi macam sedang berdzikir
kita lafalkan doa tp sebatas gerak bibir
shitttt

ini semua harus stop
mulai berbuat baik walau dalam gelap
jangan ditunda man krn waktu kadang menjebak
bagaimana jika kita mati yo waktu terlelap?
hah?

mata kita sudah tertutup
terlalu banyak lihat kejadian yg buruk
kebaikan dibunuh skrg sudah membusuk
kita mencari tuhan tp hati tak pernah khusyuk

sebarkan cinta teman2,bukan kebencian
you feel me

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Monday, 23 July 2018

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trending:BISOLA AIYEOLA COVERS LATEST EDITION OF THE CELEBRITY SHOOT MAGAZINE




Popular BBNaija ex-housemate and actress, Bisola Aiyeola is the cover personality for the latest edition of The Celebrity Shoot Magazine, tagged “dominating her world”.

The magazine is owned and published by celebrity fashion designer and stylist Abbyke Domina. Bisola Aiyeola talks about how she dominates her world, being the girl boss that she is.


The BBNaija star also talked about her reality television show experience, current projects, and future plans.


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trending:BARACK OBAMA’S SPEECH AT THE MANDELA LECTURE





Barack Obama has used his speech at the Mandela lecture to denounce autocrats and enemies of democracy all over the world, in what is a thinly veiled dig at current US. President, Donald Trump, without mentioning his name.

Read text of the full speech below.

“Thank you. To Mama Graça Machel, members of the Mandela family, the Machel family, to President Ramaphosa who you can see is inspiring new hope in this great country – professor, doctor, distinguished guests, to Mama Sisulu and the Sisulu family, to the people of South-Africa – is a singular honour for me to be here with all of you as we gather to celebrate the birth and life of one of history’s true giants.

Let me begin by a correction and a few confessions. The correction is that I am a very good dancer. I just want to be clear about that. Michelle is a little better.

The confessions. Number one, I was not exactly invited to be here. I was ordered in a very nice way to be here by Graça Machel.

Confession number two: I forgot my geography and the fact that right now it’s winter in South Africa. I didn’t bring a coat, and this morning I had to send somebody out to the mall because I am wearing long johns. I was born in Hawaii.

Confession number three: When my staff told me that I was to deliver a lecture, I thought back to the stuffy old professors in bow ties and tweed, and I wondered if this was one more sign of the stage of life that I’m entering, along with grey hair and slightly failing eyesight.

I thought about the fact that my daughters think anything I tell them is a lecture. I thought about the American press and how they often got frustrated at my long-winded answers at press conferences, when my responses didn’t conform to two-minute soundbites.

But given the strange and uncertain times that we are in – and they are strange, and they are uncertain – with each day’s news cycles bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines, I thought maybe it would be useful to step back for a moment and try to get some perspective.

So I hope you’ll indulge me, despite the slight chill, as I spend much of this lecture reflecting on where we’ve been, and how we arrived at this present moment, in the hope that it will offer us a roadmap for where we need to go next.

One hundred years ago, Madiba was born in the village of M – oh, see there, I always get that – I got to get my Ms right when I’m in South Africa. Mvezo – I got it. Truthfully, it’s because it’s so cold, my lips stuck.

So in his autobiography he describes a happy childhood; he’s looking after cattle, he’s playing with the other boys, eventually attends a school where his teacher gave him the English name Nelson. And as many of you know, he’s quoted saying, ‘Why she bestowed this particular name upon me, I have no idea.’

There was no reason to believe that a young black boy at this time, in this place, could in any way alter history. After all, South Africa was then less than a decade removed from full British control. Already, laws were being codified to implement racial segregation and subjugation, the network of laws that would be known as apartheid.

Most of Africa, including my father’s homeland, was under colonial rule. The dominant European powers, having ended a horrific world war just a few months after Madiba’s birth, viewed this continent and its people primarily as spoils in a contest for territory and abundant natural resources and cheap labor. And the inferiority of the black race, an indifference towards black culture and interests and aspirations, was a given.

And such a view of the world – that certain races, certain nations, certain groups were inherently superior, and that violence and coercion is the primary basis for governance, that the strong necessarily exploit the weak, that wealth is determined primarily by conquest – that view of the world was hardly confined to relations between Europe and Africa, or relations between whites and blacks. Whites were happy to exploit other whites when they could. And by the way, blacks were often willing to exploit other blacks.

And around the globe, the majority of people lived at subsistence levels, without a say in the politics or economic forces that determined their lives. Often they were subject to the whims and cruelties of distant leaders. The average person saw no possibility of advancing from the circumstances of their birth.

Women were almost uniformly subordinate to men. Privilege and status was rigidly bound by caste and colour and ethnicity and religion.

And even in my own country, even in democracies like the United States, founded on a declaration that all men are created equal, racial segregation and systemic discrimination was the law in almost half the country and the norm throughout the rest of the country.

That was the world just 100 years ago. There are people alive today who were alive in that world. It is hard, then, to overstate the remarkable transformations that have taken place since that time.

A second world war, even more terrible than the first, along with a cascade of liberation movements from Africa to Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, would finally bring an end to colonial rule.
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More and more peoples, having witnessed the horrors of totalitarianism, the repeated mass slaughters of the 20th century, began to embrace a new vision for humanity, a new idea, one based not only on the principle of national self-determination, but also on the principles of democracy and rule of law and civil rights and the inherent dignity of every single individual.

In those nations with market-based economies, suddenly union movements developed; and health and safety and commercial regulations were instituted; and access to public education was expanded; and social welfare systems emerged, all with the aim of constraining the excesses of capitalism and enhancing its ability to provide opportunity not just to some but to all people.

And the result was unmatched economic growth and a growth of the middle class. And in my own country, the moral force of the civil rights movement not only overthrew Jim Crow laws but it opened up the floodgates for women and historically marginalized groups to reimagine themselves, to find their own voices, to make their own claims to full citizenship.

It was in service of this long walk towards freedom and justice and equal opportunity that Nelson Mandela devoted his life.

At the outset, his struggle was particular to this place, to his homeland – a fight to end apartheid, a fight to ensure lasting political and social and economic equality for its disenfranchised non-white citizens.

But through his sacrifice and unwavering leadership and, perhaps most of all, through his moral example, Mandela and the movement he led would come to signify something larger. He came to embody the universal aspirations of dispossessed people all around the world, their hopes for a better life, the possibility of a moral transformation in the conduct of human affairs.

Madiba’s light shone so brightly, even from that narrow Robben Island cell, that in the late ‘70s he could inspire a young college student on the other side of the world to reexamine his own priorities, could make me consider the small role I might play in bending the arc of the world towards justice.

And when later, as a law student, I witnessed Madiba emerge from prison, just a few months, you’ll recall, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, I felt the same wave of hope that washed through hearts all around the world.

Do you remember that feeling? It seemed as if the forces of progress were on the march, that they were inexorable. Each step he took, you felt this is the moment when the old structures of violence and repression and ancient hatreds that had so long stunted people’s lives and confined the human spirit – that all that was crumbling before our eyes.


And then as Madiba guided this nation through negotiation painstakingly, reconciliation, its first fair and free elections; as we all witnessed the grace and the generosity with which he embraced former enemies, the wisdom for him to step away from power once he felt his job was complete, we understood that – we understood it was not just the subjugated, the oppressed who were being freed from the shackles of the past. The subjugator was being offered a gift, being given a chance to see in a new way, being given a chance to participate in the work of building a better world.

And during the last decades of the 20th century, the progressive, democratic vision that Nelson Mandela represented in many ways set the terms of international political debate.

It doesn’t mean that vision was always victorious, but it set the terms, the parameters; it guided how we thought about the meaning of progress, and it continued to propel the world forward.


Yes, there were still tragedies – bloody civil wars from the Balkans to the Congo. Despite the fact that ethnic and sectarian strife still flared up with heartbreaking regularity, despite all that as a consequence of the continuation of nuclear détente, and a peaceful and prosperous Japan, and a unified Europe anchored in NATO, and the entry of China into the world’s system of trade – all that greatly reduced the prospect of war between the world’s great powers.

And from Europe to Africa, Latin America, southeast Asia, dictatorships began to give way to democracies. The march was on.

A respect for human rights and the rule of law, enumerated in a declaration by the United Nations, became the guiding norm for the majority of nations, even in places where the reality fell far short of the ideal. Even when those human rights were violated, those who violated human rights were on the defensive.

And with these geopolitical changes came sweeping economic changes. The introduction of market-based principles, in which previously closed economies along with the forces of global integration powered by new technologies, suddenly unleashed entrepreneurial talents to those that once had been relegated to the periphery of the world economy, who hadn’t counted. Suddenly they counted. They had some power; they had the possibilities of doing business.

And then came scientific breakthroughs and new infrastructure and the reduction of armed conflicts. And suddenly a billion people were lifted out of poverty, and once-starving nations were able to feed themselves, and infant mortality rates plummeted.

And meanwhile, the spread of the internet made it possible for people to connect across oceans, and cultures and continents instantly were brought together, and potentially, all the world’s knowledge could be in the hands of a small child in even the most remote village.

That’s what happened just over the course of a few decades. And all that progress is real. It has been broad, and it has been deep, and it all happened in what – by the standards of human history – was nothing more than a blink of an eye.

And now an entire generation has grown up in a world that by most measures has gotten steadily freer and healthier and wealthier and less violent and more tolerant during the course of their lifetimes.

It should make us hopeful. But if we cannot deny the very real strides that our world has made since that moment when Madiba took those steps out of confinement, we also have to recognise all the ways that the international order has fallen short of its promise.

In fact, it is in part because of the failures of governments and powerful elites to squarely address the shortcomings and contradictions of this international order that we now see much of the world threatening to return to an older, a more dangerous, a more brutal way of doing business.

So we have to start by admitting that whatever laws may have existed on the books, whatever wonderful pronouncements existed in constitutions, whatever nice words were spoken during these last several decades at international conferences or in the halls of the United Nations, the previous structures of privilege and power and injustice and exploitation never completely went away. They were never fully dislodged.

Caste differences still impact the life chances of people on the Indian subcontinent. Ethnic and religious differences still determine who gets opportunity from the Central Europe to the Gulf. It is a plain fact that racial discrimination still exists in both the United States and South Africa

And it is also a fact that the accumulated disadvantages of years of institutionalised oppression have created yawning disparities in income, and in wealth, and in education, and in health, in personal safety, in access to credit.

Women and girls around the world continue to be blocked from positions of power and authority. They continue to be prevented from getting a basic education. They are disproportionately victimised by violence and abuse. They’re still paid less than men for doing the same work. That’s still happening.

Economic opportunity, for all the magnificence of the global economy, all the shining skyscrapers that have transformed the landscape around the world, entire neighbourhoods, entire cities, entire regions, entire nations have been bypassed.

In other words, for far too many people, the more things have changed, the more things stayed the same.

And while globalisation and technology have opened up new opportunities, have driven remarkable economic growth in previously struggling parts of the world, globalisation has also upended the agricultural and manufacturing sectors in many countries. It’s also greatly reduced the demand for certain workers, has helped weaken unions and labor’s bargaining power. It’s made it easier for capital to avoid tax laws and the regulations of nation-states – can just move billions, trillions of dollars with a tap of a computer key.

And the result of all these trends has been an explosion in economic inequality. It’s meant that a few dozen individuals control the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of humanity. That’s not an exaggeration, that’s a statistic. Think about that.

In many middle-income and developing countries, new wealth has just tracked the old bad deal that people got because it reinforced or even compounded existing patterns of inequality, the only difference is it created even greater opportunities for corruption on an epic scale.

And for once solidly middle-class families in advanced economies like the United States, these trends have meant greater economic insecurity, especially for those who don’t have specialised skills, people who were in manufacturing, people working in factories, people working on farms.

In every country just about, the disproportionate economic clout of those at the top has provided these individuals with wildly disproportionate influence on their countries’ political life and on its media; on what policies are pursued and whose interests end up being ignored.

Now, it should be noted that this new international elite, the professional class that supports them, differs in important respects from the ruling aristocracies of old. It includes many who are self-made. It includes champions of meritocracy.

And although still mostly white and male, as a group they reflect a diversity of nationalities and ethnicities that would have not existed a hundred years ago. A decent percentage consider themselves liberal in their politics, modern and cosmopolitan in their outlook.

Unburdened by parochialism, or nationalism, or overt racial prejudice or strong religious sentiment, they are equally comfortable in New York or London or Shanghai or Nairobi or Buenos Aires, or Johannesburg.

Many are sincere and effective in their philanthropy. Some of them count Nelson Mandela among their heroes. Some even supported Barack Obama for the presidency of the United States, and by virtue of my status as a former head of state, some of them consider me as an honorary member of the club. And I get invited to these fancy things, you know? They’ll fly me out.

But what’s nevertheless true is that in their business dealings, many titans of industry and finance are increasingly detached from any single locale or nation-state, and they live lives more and more insulated from the struggles of ordinary people in their countries of origin.

And their decisions – their decisions to shut down a manufacturing plant, or to try to minimise their tax bill by shifting profits to a tax haven with the help of high-priced accountants or lawyers, or their decision to take advantage of lower-cost immigrant labor, or their decision to pay a bribe – are often done without malice; it’s just a rational response, they consider, to the demands of their balance sheets and their shareholders and competitive pressures.

But too often, these decisions are also made without reference to notions of human solidarity – or a ground-level understanding of the consequences that will be felt by particular people in particular communities by the decisions that are made. And from their board rooms or retreats, global decision-makers don’t get a chance to see sometimes the pain in the faces of laid-off workers.

Their kids don’t suffer when cuts in public education and health care result as a consequence of a reduced tax base because of tax avoidance. They can’t hear the resentment of an older tradesman when he complains that a newcomer doesn’t speak his language on a job site where he once worked.

They’re less subject to the discomfort and the displacement that some of their countrymen may feel as globalisation scrambles not only existing economic arrangements, but traditional social and religious mores.


Which is why, at the end of the 20th century, while some Western commentators were declaring the end of history and the inevitable triumph of liberal democracy and the virtues of the global supply chain, so many missed signs of a brewing backlash – a backlash that arrived in so many forms.

It announced itself most violently with 9/11 and the emergence of transnational terrorist networks, fuelled by an ideology that perverted one of the world’s great religions and asserted a struggle not just between Islam and the West but between Islam and modernity, and an ill-advised U.S. invasion of Iraq didn’t help, accelerating a sectarian conflict.

Russia, already humiliated by its reduced influence since the collapse of the Soviet Union, feeling threatened by democratic movements along its borders, suddenly started reasserting authoritarian control and in some cases meddling with its neighbours.

China, emboldened by its economic success, started bristling against criticism of its human rights record; it framed the promotion of universal values as nothing more than foreign meddling, imperialism under a new name.

Within the United States, within the European Union, challenges to globalisation first came from the left but then came more forcefully from the right, as you started seeing populist movements – which, by the way, are often cynically funded by right-wing billionaires intent on reducing government constraints on their business interests – these movements tapped the unease that was felt by many people who lived outside of the urban cores; fears that economic security was slipping away, that their social status and privileges were eroding, that their cultural identities were being threatened by outsiders, somebody that didn’t look like them or sound like them or pray as they did.

And perhaps more than anything else, the devastating impact of the 2008 financial crisis, in which the reckless behaviour of financial elites resulted in years of hardship for ordinary people all around the world, made all the previous assurances of experts ring hollow – all those assurances that somehow financial regulators knew what they were doing, that somebody was minding the store, that global economic integration was an unadulterated good.

Because of the actions taken by governments during and after that crisis, including, I should add, by aggressive steps by my administration, the global economy has now returned to healthy growth. But the credibility of the international system, the faith in experts in places like Washington or Brussels, all that had taken a blow.

And a politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment began to appear, and that kind of politics is now on the move. It’s on the move at a pace that would have seemed unimaginable just a few years ago.

I am not being alarmist, I am simply stating the facts. Look around.

Strongman politics are ascendant suddenly, whereby elections and some pretence of democracy are maintained – the form of it – but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.

In the West, you’ve got far-right parties that oftentimes are based not just on platforms of protectionism and closed borders, but also on barely hidden racial nationalism. Many developing countries now are looking at China’s model of authoritarian control combined with mercantilist capitalism as preferable to the messiness of democracy. Who needs free speech as long as the economy is going good?

The free press is under attack. Censorship and state control of media is on the rise. Social media – once seen as a mechanism to promote knowledge and understanding and solidarity – has proved to be just as effective promoting hatred and paranoia and propaganda and conspiracy theories.

So on Madiba’s 100th birthday, we now stand at a crossroads – a moment in time at which two very different visions of humanity’s future compete for the hearts and the minds of citizens around the world. Two different stories, two different narratives about who we are and who we should be. How should we respond?

Should we see that wave of hope that we felt with Madiba’s release from prison, from the Berlin Wall coming down – should we see that hope that we had as naïve and misguided?

Should we understand the last 25 years of global integration as nothing more than a detour from the previous inevitable cycle of history – where might makes right, and politics is a hostile competition between tribes and races and religions, and nations compete in a zero-sum game, constantly teetering on the edge of conflict until full-blown war breaks out? Is that what we think?

Let me tell you what I believe. I believe in Nelson Mandela’s vision. I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King and Abraham Lincoln.

I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multi-racial democracy, built on the premise that all people are created equal, and they’re endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. And I believe that a world governed by such principles is possible and that it can achieve more peace and more cooperation in pursuit of a common good. That’s what I believe.

And I believe we have no choice but to move forward; that those of us who believe in democracy and civil rights and a common humanity have a better story to tell. And I believe this not just based on sentiment, I believe it based on hard evidence.

The fact that the world’s most prosperous and successful societies, the ones with the highest living standards and the highest levels of satisfaction among their people, happen to be those which have most closely approximated the liberal, progressive ideal that we talk about and have nurtured the talents and contributions of all their citizens.

The fact that authoritarian governments have been shown time and time again to breed corruption, because they’re not accountable; to repress their people; to lose touch eventually with reality; to engage in bigger and bigger lies that ultimately result in economic and political and cultural and scientific stagnation. Look at history. Look at the facts.

The fact that countries which rely on rabid nationalism and xenophobia and doctrines of tribal, racial or religious superiority as their main organizing principle, the thing that holds people together – eventually those countries find themselves consumed by civil war or external war. Check the history books.

The fact that technology cannot be put back in a bottle, so we’re stuck with the fact that we now live close together and populations are going to be moving, and environmental challenges are not going to go away on their own, so that the only way to effectively address problems like climate change or mass migration or pandemic disease will be to develop systems for more international cooperation, not less.

We have a better story to tell. But to say that our vision for the future is better is not to say that it will inevitably win.

Because history also shows the power of fear. History shows the lasting hold of greed and the desire to dominate others in the minds of men. Especially men. History shows how easily people can be convinced to turn on those who look different, or worship God in a different way.

So if we’re truly to continue Madiba’s long walk towards freedom, we’re going to have to work harder and we’re going to have to be smarter. We’re going to have to learn from the mistakes of the recent past. And so in the brief time remaining, let me just suggest a few guideposts for the road ahead, guideposts that draw from Madiba’s work, his words, the lessons of his life.

First, Madiba shows those of us who believe in freedom and democracy we are going to have to fight harder to reduce inequality and promote lasting economic opportunity for all people.

Now, I don’t believe in economic determinism. Human beings don’t live on bread alone. But they need bread. And history shows that societies which tolerate vast differences in wealth feed resentments and reduce solidarity and actually grow more slowly; and that once people achieve more than mere subsistence, then they’re measuring their well-being by how they compare to their neighbours, and whether their children can expect to live a better life.

And when economic power is concentrated in the hands of the few, history also shows that political power is sure to follow – and that dynamic eats away at democracy. Sometimes it may be straight-out corruption, but sometimes it may not involve the exchange of money; it’s just folks who are that wealthy get what they want, and it undermines human freedom.

And Madiba understood this. This is not new. He warned us about this. He said: “Where globalisation means, as it so often does, that the rich and the powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and the weaker, [then] we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.” That’s what he said.

So if we are serious about universal freedom today, if we care about social justice today, then we have a responsibility to do something about it. And I would respectfully amend what Madiba said. I don’t do it often, but I’d say it’s not enough for us to protest; we’re going to have to build, we’re going to have to innovate, we’re going to have to figure out how do we close this widening chasm of wealth and opportunity both within countries and between them.

And how we achieve this is going to vary country to country, and I know your new president is committed to rolling up his sleeves and trying to do so.

But we can learn from the last 70 years that it will not involve unregulated, unbridled, unethical capitalism. It also won’t involve old-style command-and-control socialism from the top. That was tried; it didn’t work very well.

For almost all countries, progress is going to depend on an inclusive market-based system – one that offers education for every child; that protects collective bargaining and secures the rights of every worker – that breaks up monopolies to encourage competition in small and medium-sized businesses; and has laws that root out corruption and ensures fair dealing in business; that maintains some form of progressive taxation so that rich people are still rich but they’re giving a little bit back to make sure that everybody else has something to pay for universal health care and retirement security, and invests in infrastructure and scientific research that builds platforms for innovation.

I should add, by the way, right now I’m actually surprised by how much money I got, and let me tell you something: I don’t have half as much as most of these folks or a tenth or a hundredth. There’s only so much you can eat. There’s only so big a house you can have. There’s only so many nice trips you can take. I mean, it’s enough.

You don’t have to take a vow of poverty just to say, “Well, let me help out and let a few of the other folks – let me look at that child out there who doesn’t have enough to eat or needs some school fees, let me help him out. I’ll pay a little more in taxes. It’s okay. I can afford it.”

I mean, it shows a poverty of ambition to just want to take more and more and more, instead of saying, “Wow, I’ve got so much. Who can I help? How can I give more and more and more?” That’s ambition. That’s impact. That’s influence. What an amazing gift to be able to help people, not just yourself. Where was I? I ad-libbed. You get the point.

It involves promoting an inclusive capitalism both within nations and between nations. And as we pursue, for example, the sustainable development goals, we have to get past the charity mindset. We’ve got to bring more resources to the forgotten pockets of the world through investment and entrepreneurship, because there is talent everywhere in the world if given an opportunity.

When it comes to the international system of commerce and trade, it’s legitimate for poorer countries to continue to seek access to wealthier markets. And by the way, wealthier markets, that’s not the big problem that you’re having – that a small African country is sending you tea and flowers. That’s not your biggest economic challenge.

It’s also proper for advanced economies like the United States to insist on reciprocity from nations like China that are no longer solely poor countries, to make sure that they’re providing access to their markets and that they stop taking intellectual property and hacking our servers.

But even as there are discussions to be had around trade and commerce, it’s important to recognise this reality: while the outsourcing of jobs from north to south, from east to west, while a lot of that was a dominant trend in the late 20th century, the biggest challenge to workers in countries like mine today is technology.

And the biggest challenge for your new president when we think about how we’re going to employ more people here is going to be also technology, because artificial intelligence is here and it is accelerating, and you’re going to have driverless cars, and you’re going to have more and more automated services, and that’s going to make the job of giving everybody work that is meaningful tougher, and we’re going to have to be more imaginative, and the pact of change is going to require us to do more fundamental reimagining of our social and political arrangements, to protect the economic security and the dignity that comes with a job.



It’s not just money that a job provides; it provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. And so we’re going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our workweek, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an entrepreneur at some level. But we’re going to have to worry about economics if we want to get democracy back on track.

Second, Madiba teaches us that some principles really are universal – and the most important one is the principle that we are bound together by a common humanity and that each individual has inherent dignity and worth.

Now, it’s surprising that we have to affirm this truth today. More than a quarter century after Madiba walked out of prison, I still have to stand here at a lecture and devote some time to saying that black people and white people and Asian people and Latin American people and women and men and gays and straights, that we are all human, that our differences are superficial, and that we should treat each other with care and respect.

I would have thought we would have figured that out by now. I thought that basic notion was well established. But it turns out, as we’re seeing in this recent drift into reactionary politics, that the struggle for basic justice is never truly finished.

So we’ve got to constantly be on the lookout and fight for people who seek to elevate themselves by putting somebody else down. And by the way, we also have to actively resist – this is important, particularly in some countries in Africa like my own father’s homeland; I’ve made this point before – we have to resist the notion that basic human rights like freedom to dissent, or the right of women to fully participate in the society, or the right of minorities to equal treatment, or the rights of people not to be beat up and jailed because of their sexual orientation – we have to be careful not to say that somehow, well, that doesn’t apply to us, that those are Western ideas rather than universal imperatives.

Again, Madiba, he anticipated things. He knew what he was talking about.

In 1964, before he received the sentence that condemned him to die in prison, he explained from the dock that, “The Magna Carta, the Petition of Rights, the Bill of Rights are documents which are held in veneration by democrats throughout the world.”

In other words, he didn’t say well, those books weren’t written by South Africans so I just – I can’t claim them. No, he said that’s part of my inheritance. That’s part of the human inheritance. That applies here in this country, to me, and to you.

And that’s part of what gave him the moral authority that the apartheid regime could never claim, because he was more familiar with their best values than they were. He had read their documents more carefully than they had. And he went on to say, “Political division based on colour is entirely artificial and, when it disappears, so will the domination of one colour group by another.” That’s Nelson Mandela speaking in 1964, when I was three years old.

What was true then remains true today. Basic truths do not change. It is a truth that can be embraced by the English, and by the Indian, and by the Mexican and by the Bantu and by the Luo and by the American.

It is a truth that lies at the heart of every world religion – that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. That we see ourselves in other people. That we can recognise common hopes and common dreams.

And it is a truth that is incompatible with any form of discrimination based on race or religion or gender or sexual orientation.

And it is a truth that, by the way, when embraced, actually delivers practical benefits, since it ensures that a society can draw upon the talents and energy and skill of all its people.

And if you doubt that, just ask the French football team that just won the World Cup. Because not all of those folks – not all of those folks look like Gauls to me. But they’re French. They’re French.

Embracing our common humanity does not mean that we have to abandon our unique ethnic and national and religious identities.

Madiba never stopped being proud of his tribal heritage. He didn’t stop being proud of being a black man and being a South African.

But he believed, as I believe, that you can be proud of your heritage without denigrating those of a different heritage. In fact, you dishonor your heritage. It would make me think that you’re a little insecure about your heritage if you’ve got to put somebody else’s heritage down. Yeah, that’s right. Don’t you get a sense sometimes – again, I’m ad-libbing here – that these people who are so intent on putting people down and puffing themselves up that they’re small-hearted, that there’s something they’re just afraid of.

Madiba knew that we cannot claim justice for ourselves when it’s only reserved for some. Madiba understood that we can’t say we’ve got a just society simply because we replaced the colour of the person on top of an unjust system, so the person looks like us even though they’re doing the same stuff, and somehow now we’ve got justice. That doesn’t work.

It’s not justice if now you’re on top, so I’m going to do the same thing that those folks were doing to me and now I’m going to do it to you. That’s not justice. “I detest racialism,” he said, “whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”

Now, we have to acknowledge that there is disorientation that comes from rapid change and modernisation, and the fact that the world has shrunk, and we’re going to have to find ways to lessen the fears of those who feel threatened.

In the West’s current debate around immigration, for example, it’s not wrong to insist that national borders matter; whether you’re a citizen or not is going to matter to a government, that laws need to be followed; that in the public realm newcomers should make an effort to adapt to the language and customs of their new home. Those are legitimate things and we have to be able to engage people who do feel as if things are not orderly.


But that can’t be an excuse for immigration policies based on race, or ethnicity, or religion. There’s got to be some consistency. And we can enforce the law while respecting the essential humanity of those who are striving for a better life. For a mother with a child in her arms, we can recognise that could be somebody in our family, that could be my child.

Third, Madiba reminds us that democracy is about more than just elections.

When he was freed from prison, Madiba’s popularity – well, you couldn’t even measure it. He could have been president for life. Am I wrong? Who was going to run against him? I mean, Ramaphosa was popular, but come on. Plus he was a young – he was too young.

Had he chose, Madiba could have governed by executive fiat, unconstrained by check and balances. But instead he helped guide South Africa through the drafting of a new constitution, drawing from all the institutional practices and democratic ideals that had proven to be most sturdy, mindful of the fact that no single individual possesses a monopoly on wisdom.

No individual – not Mandela, not Obama – are entirely immune to the corrupting influences of absolute power, if you can do whatever you want and everyone’s too afraid to tell you when you’re making a mistake. No one is immune from the dangers of that.

Mandela understood this. He said, “Democracy is based on the majority principle. This is especially true in a country such as ours where the vast majority have been systematically denied their rights. At the same time, democracy also requires the rights of political and other minorities be safeguarded.”

He understood it’s not just about who has the most votes. It’s also about the civic culture that we build that makes democracy work.

So we have to stop pretending that countries that just hold an election where sometimes the winner somehow magically gets 90% of the vote because all the opposition is locked up – or can’t get on TV, is a democracy.

Democracy depends on strong institutions and it’s about minority rights and checks and balances, and freedom of speech and freedom of expression and a free press, and the right to protest and petition the government, and an independent judiciary, and everybody having to follow the law.

And yes, democracy can be messy, and it can be slow, and it can be frustrating. I know, I promise. But the efficiency that’s offered by an autocrat, that’s a false promise. Don’t take that one, because it leads invariably to more consolidation of wealth at the top and power at the top, and it makes it easier to conceal corruption and abuse.


For all its imperfections, real democracy best upholds the idea that government exists to serve the individual and not the other way around. And it is the only form of government that has the possibility of making that idea real.

So for those of us who are interested in strengthening democracy, let’s also stop – it’s time for us to stop paying all of our attention to the world’s capitals and the centers of power and to start focusing more on the grassroots, because that’s where democratic legitimacy comes from. Not from the top down, not from abstract theories, not just from experts, but from the bottom up. Knowing the lives of those who are struggling.

As a community organiser, I learned as much from a laid-off steel worker in Chicago or a single mom in a poor neighbourhood that I visited as I learned from the finest economists in the Oval Office.

Democracy means being in touch and in tune with life as it’s lived in our communities, and that’s what we should expect from our leaders, and it depends upon cultivating leaders at the grassroots who can help bring about change and implement it on the ground and can tell leaders in fancy buildings, this isn’t working down here.

And to make democracy work, Madiba shows us that we also have to keep teaching our children, and ourselves – and this is really hard – to engage with people not only who look different but who hold different views. This is hard.

Most of us prefer to surround ourselves with opinions that validate what we already believe. You notice the people who you think are smart are the people who agree with you. Funny how that works.

But democracy demands that we’re able also to get inside the reality of people who are different than us so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds, but maybe they’ll change ours.

And you can’t do this if you just out of hand disregard what your opponents have to say from the start. And you can’t do it if you insist that those who aren’t like you – because they’re white, or because they’re male – that somehow there’s no way they can understand what I’m feeling, that somehow they lack standing to speak on certain matters.

Madiba, he lived this complexity. In prison, he studied Afrikaans so that he could better understand the people who were jailing him. And when he got out of prison, he extended a hand to those who had jailed him, because he knew that they had to be a part of the democratic South Africa that he wanted to build.


“To make peace with an enemy,” he wrote, “one must work with that enemy, and that enemy becomes one’s partner.”

So those who traffic in absolutes when it comes to policy, whether it’s on the left or the right, they make democracy unworkable.

You can’t expect to get 100% of what you want all the time; sometimes, you have to compromise. That doesn’t mean abandoning your principles, but instead it means holding on to those principles and then having the confidence that they’re going to stand up to a serious democratic debate.


That’s how America’s Founders intended our system to work – that through the testing of ideas and the application of reason and proof it would be possible to arrive at a basis for common ground.

And I should add for this to work, we have to actually believe in an objective reality. This is another one of these things that I didn’t have to lecture about. You have to believe in facts. Without facts, there is no basis for cooperation. If I say this is a podium and you say this is an elephant, it’s going to be hard for us to cooperate.

I can find common ground for those who oppose the Paris Accords because, for example, they might say, well, it’s not going to work, you can’t get everybody to cooperate, or they might say it’s more important for us to provide cheap energy for the poor, even if it means in the short term that there’s more pollution.


At least I can have a debate with them about that and I can show them why I think clean energy is the better path, especially for poor countries, that you can leapfrog old technologies.

I can’t find common ground if somebody says climate change is just not happening, when almost all of the world’s scientists tell us it is. I don’t know where to start talking to you about this. If you start saying it’s an elaborate hoax, I don’t know what to – where do we start?

Unfortunately, too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth. People just make stuff up. They just make stuff up.

We see it in state-sponsored propaganda; we see it in internet driven fabrications, we see it in the blurring of lines between news and entertainment, we see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more. Politicians have always lied, but it used to be if you caught them lying they’d be like, “Oh man.” Now they just keep on lying.

By the way, this is what I think Mama Graça was talking about in terms of maybe some sense of humility that Madiba felt, like sometimes just basic stuff, me not completely lying to people seems pretty basic, I don’t think of myself as a great leader just because I don’t completely make stuff up. You’d think that was a base line.

Anyway, we see it in the promotion of anti-intellectualism and the rejection of science from leaders who find critical thinking and data somehow politically inconvenient.


And, as with the denial of rights, the denial of facts runs counter to democracy, it could be its undoing, which is why we must zealously protect independent media; and we have to guard against the tendency for social media to become purely a platform for spectacle, outrage, or disinformation; and we have to insist that our schools teach critical thinking to our young people, not just blind obedience.

Which, I’m sure you are thankful for, leads to my final point: we have to follow Madiba’s example of persistence and of hope.

It is tempting to give in to cynicism: to believe that recent shifts in global politics are too powerful to push back; that the pendulum has swung permanently. Just as people spoke about the triumph of democracy in the 90s, now you are hearing people talk about end of democracy and the triumph of tribalism and the strong man. We have to resist that.

Because, we’ve been through darker times, we’ve been in lower valleys and deeper valleys.

Yes, by the end of his life, Madiba embodied the successful struggle for human rights, but the journey was not easy, it wasn’t pre-ordained. The man went to prison for almost three decades. He split limestone in the heat, he slept in a small cell, and was repeatedly put in solitary confinement.

And I remember talking to some of his former colleagues saying how they hadn’t realised when they were released, just the sight of a child, the idea of holding a child, they had missed – it wasn’t something available to them, for decades.

And yet his power actually grew during those years – and the power of his jailers diminished, because he knew that if you stick to what’s true, if you know what’s in your heart, and you’re willing to sacrifice for it, even in the face of overwhelming odds, that it might not happen tomorrow, it might not happen in the next week, it might not even happen in your lifetime.

Things may go backwards for a while, but ultimately, right makes might, not the other way around, ultimately, the better story can win out and as strong as Madiba’s spirit may have been, he would not have sustained that hope had he been alone in the struggle, part of buoyed him up was that he knew that each year, the ranks of freedom fighters were replenishing, young men and women, here in South African, in the ANC and beyond; black and Indian and white, from across the countryside, across the continent, around the world, who in those most difficult days would keep working on behalf of his vision.

And that’s what we need right now, we don’t just need one leader, we don’t just need one inspiration, what we badly need right now is that collective spirit.

And, I know that those young people, those hope carriers are gathering around the world. Because history shows that whenever progress is threatened, and the things we care about most are in question, we should heed the words of Robert Kennedy – spoken here in South Africa, he said, “Our answer is the world’s hope: it is to rely on youth. It’s to rely on the spirit of the young.”

So, young people, who are in the audience, who are listening, my message to you is simple, keep believing, keep marching, keep building, keep raising your voice. Every generation has the opportunity to remake the world.

Mandela said, “Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.” Now is a good time to be aroused. Now is a good time to be fired up.

And, for those of us who care about the legacy that we honor here today – about equality and dignity and democracy and solidarity and kindness, those of us who remain young at heart, if not in body – we have an obligation to help our youth succeed.


Some of you know, here in South Africa, my foundation is convening over the last few days, two hundred young people from across this continent who are doing the hard work of making change in their communities; who reflect Madiba’s values, who are poised to lead the way.

People like Abaas Mpindi, a journalist from Uganda, who founded the Media Challenge Initiative, to help other young people get the training they need to tell the stories that the world needs to know.

People like Caren Wakoli, an entrepreneur from Kenya, who founded the Emerging Leaders Foundation to get young people involved in the work of fighting poverty and promoting human dignity.


People like Enock Nkulanga, who directs the African Children’s mission, which helps children in Uganda and Kenya get the education that they need and then in his spare time, Enock advocates for the rights of children around the globe, and founded an organisation called LeadMinds Africa, which does exactly what it says.

You meet these people, you talk to them, they will give you hope. They are taking the baton, they know they can’t just rest on the accomplishments of the past, even the accomplishments of those as momentous as Nelson Mandela’s.

They stand on the shoulders of those who came before, including that young black boy born 100 years ago, but they know that it is now their turn to do the work.

Madiba reminds us that: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart.”

Love comes more naturally to the human heart, let’s remember that truth.

Let’s see it as our North Star, let’s be joyful in our struggle to make that truth manifest here on earth so that in 100 years from now, future generations will look back and say, ‘they kept the march going, that’s why we live under new banners of freedom.’

Thank you very much, South Africa, thank you.”


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Lirik Lampu Taman - PRUFLAS

Lyrics for 'PRUFLAS' by Lampu Taman


Pentuduhan yang tiada henti
Menjatuhkan untuk simpati
Menodai kultur nurani
Menganiyaya hasrat empati
Bersua, parau suara pendusta
Lontarkan tuduhan fiksi mati
Iblis berbisik, hancurkan damai
Sampai lahir sosok Sang Mahdi
Iblis berbisik, hancurkan damai
Sampai lahir sosok Sang Mahdi

Menumpul hukum pada penguasa
Menikam tajam vertical pusara
Kremasi arti adil (yang) sesungguhnya
Lumpuhkan hak di altar tirani
Kremasi arti adil (yang) sesungguhnya
Lumpuhkan hak di altar tirani

REFF :
Mewarnai lukisan kecemasan
Perang berkorban jasad tanpa kepala

Menjual makna kedamaian semu
Demi Memenuhi hasrat birahi
Mengobral surga dapatkan tahta
Membodohi segalanya tiada iba…….

REFF :
Mewarnai lukisan kecemasan
Perang berkorban jasad tanpa kepala
Penolakan gundah berujung neraka
Bengis, membunuh jiwa tanpa luka

Bagai belati tanpa kisaran Tumpul dan berkarat
Menyakiti sebelum menguliti, Infeksi membunuh perlahan

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Lirik Lampu Taman - Rule the Lights

Lyrics for 'Rule the Lights' by Lampu Taman


Everything has gone just leave silence.
there is no light can’t show me the way
Only this light illuminate my way
and I dare to face reality in this life

I will give you everything you need,
 if my lost soul has returned

REFF 1 :
I’m walked in a directionless
accompanied by despairing hope
I'm sure of myself to be strong and brave to face this tough life

and finally I have found out the beginning of my resurrection and I have buried all the bitterness in my past
Oh God please help me, show me the way to come back my throne

REFF 2 :
I’m walked in a directionless
accompanied by despairing hope
I’m walked in a directionless
I'm sure of myself to be strong and brave to face this tough life

shut up your fucking mouth with overflow your emotions.
Then bunch your body with all your anger

the eyes of hatred rule the light

REFF 2 :
I’m walked in a directionless
accompanied by despairing hope

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Lirik Lampu Taman - Bangkit

Lyrics for 'Bangkit' by Lampu Taman


DALAM ANGKARA NAFAS TERPENDAM
BANGUNKAN TIDUR SANG SERIGALA
MENGANGA MULUTKU KAN TRIAKKAN
KEBANGKITAN JIWA JIWA YANG HILANG
BERKATILAH AKU TUHAN
YANG TERBALUT KEBENCIAN
SAMPAIKAN AKU DISINGGAHSANA
KEDAMAIANMU TUHAN

INSTING…. NALURI…. LIAR … HANCURKAN
INSTING…. NALURI…. LIAR … MUSNAHKAN

TEGARKANLAH JIWA.. DALAM KESUNYIAN
HAPUSKANLAH LUKAA……
BANGKITKANLAH JIWA YANG HILANG
BANGKITKANLAH JIWA YANG HILANG
BUAS MERONTA TEGAK BERONTAK
KERINGAT DAN DARAH MENGGUMPAL ASA
PERJUANGANKU AKAN BERARTI
HINGGA AKHIR NANTI
DIAM BERGUMAM GUNDUKAN SAMPAH
TERUS BERLARI TAHTA MENANTI
DIAM BERGUMAM GUNDUKAN SAMPAH
HANYA NERAKA MILIK MEREKA
TEGARKANLAH JIWA.. DALAM KESUNYIAN
HAPUSKANLAH LUKAA……
TEGARKANLAH JIWA.. DALAM KESUNYIAN
HAPUSKANLAH LUKAA……

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Lirik Lampu Taman - Alteration

Lyrics for 'Alteration' by Lampu Taman


THERE IS DARK SIDE STORY
THE NEW COLONY THAT CAN MAKE ENEMY SUFFER
FIGHTING LIKE A BLADE, AND ACT LIKE A COTTON

FORGET THE PAST OF SINS
TROW THOOSE OPPRESIONS
FORGET THE PAST OF SINS
TROW THOOSE OPPRESIONS

REFF :  DON’T PREVENT ME TO SAVE THE WORLD
 I WILL GIVE EVERYTHING TO SAVE OUR LIVES
 DON’T PREVENT ME TO SAVE MY WORLD

HIJRAH…. TO BE A FUTURE MARTYR
HIJRAH…. TO BE A FUTURE MARTYR

TIME WILL ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS
I’M SICK OF ALL TEARS THAS FALL DOWN
THE BATTLEFIELD WILL BE A WITNESS ALL INNOCENT KIDS CRIES

REFF :
DON’T PREVENT ME TO SAVE THE WORLD
I WILL GIVE EVERYTHING TO SAVE OUR LIVES

THIS PAIN IN THIS LIFE HAS TO BE PAID
I WANNA LIVE IN PEACE…

YOU CAN’T ARRANGE MY LIFE
JUST GOD CAN CHANGE MY FATE
NEVER ENDING ESCAPE MY PAIN
BEFORE I CLOSE MY EYES

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Lirik Strikebreaker - Revenge

Lyrics for 'Revenge' by Strikebreaker


Dendamku, kan kubalas
Kau kan hancur

Hari ini akan ku balas semuanya
Dendam yang telah kusimpan kepada dirimu
Kau telah membuatku hancur tak berdaya
Dan kini saatnya ku hancurkan dirimu

Kau buatku hancur, buatku terhina
Kau buatku hancur, buatku terhina

Dendam, dendam! Akan kubalas
Dendam, dendam! Kan buatmu hina
Dendam, dendam! Akan kubalas
Dendam, dendam! Kan buatmu hina

Dendam ini tak akan hilang, semuanya kan kubalas
Kau takkan ku ampuni, meski memohon kepadaku..

Dendamku, kan kubalas
Kau kan hancur

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Lirik WOLF INSIDE ME - Would You Feel to the Moon and Back

Lyrics for 'Would You Feel to the Moon and Back' by WOLF INSIDE ME


WOLF INSIDE ME a band from Kendari, Sulawesi tenggara - Indonesia. this is a new single in July 2018.

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