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April 13, 2004

Baltimore Sun

Mandela appeared frail, his face tired, his tightly curled hair a shock of white. His assistants transported him almost like a prop to the stage, where he gave a short prepared speech and posed graciously for photos before being led by an assistant to his chair.

But he did not sit long.

When the South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo took the stage to play a song, Mandela tapped his bodyguards and asked to be helped to his feet. He shuffled slowly over to the singers and to the beat of the music began dancing, swinging his arms as if he were about to take off for a jog. A smile grew on his face from ear to ear. The audience, caught in the orbit of Mandela's charms, roared with applause.

Posted by acapnews at April 13, 2004 7:45 AM

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