'Mandela's legacy must be kept alive'

Former US President Bill Clinton spoke at a tribute concert for Madiba in NYC last night.

Former US President Bill Clinton speaks during the tribute concert for Nelson Mandela in New York on 13 February. Picture: Nadia Neophytou/EWN.

NEW YORK - Former US President Bill Clinton says Nelson Mandela's legacy mustn't only remain on the pages of history books.

Clinton joined Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman and South African radio and TV personality Gareth Cliff at a tribute concert for Madiba last night at the St Paul the Apostle's Church concert venue in New York.

Speaking without notes, Clinton urged those gathered to actively keep Madiba's legacy alive for future generations.

"We cannot allow his legacy, his memory and meaning to drift into the history books. He must be as real to people who never knew him."

Freeman performed dramatic readings from the original transcripts of Mandela's letters, speeches, and personal writings.

Both he and Clinton swayed along to the music by the Soweto Gospel Choir, who performed at the event.

All proceeds from the event went to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg.

Mandela died on 5 December at the age of 95.

He was buried in the rural village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 15 December at a funeral service attended by 4,000 people.