Cape Town bids Mandela farewell: Pictures
'It is music and dance that makes me feel at peace with the world, and at peace with myself,' Nelson Mandela once said at a live performance of Jonny Clegg's anthem, Asimbonanga ('We have not seen him'), a song about Mandela's time in prison and disappearance from public life.
Had the great man been in Cape Town on Wednesday 11 December 2013, no doubt he would have broken out into his famous jive as musicians, poets and the ordinary people of the city came together to bid him one last goodbye.
It was a magical evening, with South Africa's top musicians performing at the free concert, among them Clegg (who played his famous anthem to Mandela), Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Freshlyground, the Bala Brothers, the Gravity Band and the Heavenly Voices Choir.
Eight-year-old Emihle Felebayi from Khayelitsha came with his mother, Tamara Felebayi.
Before the music got under way, rugby hero Francois Pienaar, the former Springbok captain who shared that exceptional moment with Madiba dressed in the No 6 Springbok jersey in 1995 during the Rugby World Cup, drew huge cheers from the crowd. He said Mandela had become 'one team, playing for one country'.
Initially the atmosphere was lively and noisy as some people engaged in an informal toyi-toyi in the central area, and others sang old Struggle songs in the stands. But as the evening wore on, everyone got into the groove and sang and danced along to the music.
Many took extra special care with their outfits, this woman having fashioned her entire costume out of the South African flag.
Work colleagues from radio station Heart FM Zandi Yawathe (left), Shelley Rodkin and Nathina Gazi came dressed in their matching Madiba T-shirts.
Portia Zuzani from the ANC Women's League in Khayelitsha was there with fellow members. She remembers meeting Mandela at a political rally. She asked for his signature but he didn't want to sign at the time so as to avoid a stampede. Instead, he said he would send it to her, and typically kept his promise when one of his staff turned up on her doorstep with his autograph for her.
Then, as the sky began to colour pink, the Bala Brothers, who specialise in 'Popera', an African-inspired style that fuses classical and popular music, were on stage. Their rendition of The Circle of Life took the concert from day to night and created a beautiful, reflective moment.
When Freshlyground and Ladysmith Black Mambazo took to the stage, the party was on.
As the evening drew to a close, some members of the crowd began to connect glow sticks into an enormous rope that threaded its way around the stadium, yet another display of unity and cooperation.
For those who were there, it was an extraordinary night and a fitting tribute to the great man who loved music and dance, along with the rest of us.