Singer Peter Gabriel has posted a tribute to Nelson Mandela on his youtube channel.
The former Genesis singer from Box near Bath was a strong voice in the anti-apartheid protests in the 1980's and funds the Elders Foundation - a project founded by Mandela which brings together global leaders to work for peace and human rights.
An event to celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday will still go ahead in Bristol despite his failing health.
The former South African President will be 95 on July 18th.
An evening of African Dance music will be held two days later on July 20th at ARC in Broad Street in the centre of Bristol.
Internationally renowned signer Ruth Moore will fly in specially from Botswana for the event.
Organiser Phil McCowen said, "We’re setting out to honour Nelson Mandela with an exciting night of African Dance music, Reggae, and Radical Folk. And we aim to build this bigger still every year to keep alive the memory of his heroic struggle for justice democracy and equality."