News of Nelson Mandela's death resulted in a deluge of reactions and condolences from the world over, including musicians from every genre.
"It was as if he was born to teach the age a lesson in humility, in humour and above all else in patience," Bono wrote on U2's official site Thursday. "In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a better job. Mandela played with the highest stakes. He put his family, his country, his time, his life on the line, and he won most of these contests. Stubborn til the end for all the right reasons, it felt like he very nearly outstared his maker. Today, finally, he blinked. And some of us cry, knowing our eyes were opened to so much because of him."
Meanwhile, famed South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo posted their own thoughts on their Facebook page. "The Father of our nation, Nelson Mandela, has finished his journey," the group wrote. "One wants to think in terms of the big words when describing him, but this would not be right. Among the many things one can say about our Madiba (Nelson Mandel's tribal name) is that he never thought himself as big. He was one of us; one of the people. His journey was our journey. And although he has physically left us now, his journey continues within us all."
The group added their career highlight was attending and performing at the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Norway where Mandela (who asked the band to accompany him) received the honor.
Here are some of the literally hundreds (if not thousands) of reactions from some in the music community by artists ranging from Bette Midler and Busta Rhymes to Rihanna and Lionel Richie: