Desmond Tutu, a source of inspiration for many artists around the world


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During his lifetime, Desmond Tutu received many honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his contribution to the end of apartheid in South Africa. His struggle and his charisma have also inspired many artists.

The best known of all is Miles Davis. In 1986, the American trumpeter released the eponymous track  » Tutu », Taken from the album of the same name, composed by Marcus Miller.

Another musical style two years later, in 1988 in  » Gimme Me Hope Jo’anna », The reggae singer Eddy Grant evokes this archbishop – man of peace – who announces that the fight will be won.

Desmond Tutu and his wife also inspired in the 2000s a group of architectural students from Pretoria, who designed a pedestrian bridge between two schools called the Desmond and Leah Tutu Bridge.

In Cape Town, in the city center, a wooden arch – a nod to the nickname  » The Arch Of the Archbishop – commemorates his work and his life.

A name taken up in the arts and science

In 2017, the British director Roland Jaffé tries a biopic, with Forrest Whitaker in the role of Desmond Tutu, in  » The Forgiven « .

During his lifetime, the South African Archbishop will also have inspired parents when it comes to naming their child. Thus, a certain Desmond Tutu, aged 24, currently plays in a football team in the Solomon Islands, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

And in 2018, when two scientists discovered a fossil tetrapod dating from the Devonian era, they named it Tutusius umlambo in honor of Desmond Tutu because, they say, four hundred million years ago this animal showed the way out of the poisonous swamps to the light.


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