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Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales Are Coming Soon on Vinyl

Experience these timeless African folktales read by a star-studded cast featuring Don Cheadle, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L Jackson and more.

The audiobook, Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is coming out this September on vinyl from Wax Audio Group.

The audiobook features folktales that were hand-selected by Nelson Mandela from more than ten African countries in different regions. Stories include "The Lion the Hare and the Hyena" (Kenya), "The Wolf Queen" (South Africa), and "The Snake Chief" (Gabon), and "Mpipidi and the Motlopi Tree" (Botswana).

The book is directed by Alfre Woodard, and readers include Don Cheadle, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L Jackson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Jackman, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Debra Messing, Parminder Nagra, Jurnee Smollett, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker. The book also features original music by Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela, and a special message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

"It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller may never die in Africa, that all the children of the world may experience the wonder of books," Mandela said in the original foreword to the folktales. The vinyl celebrates Mandela's legacy by engaging his favorite stories in new ways.

Find out more about the stories here. You can pre-order a copy here.

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