"Thank you for your magic...," sang Gabatshwane, then 11 years old, in her song to Nelson Mandela.
Gabatshwane lost her parents to AIDS and wrote a song to thank Nelson Mandela for all he had done for the children of South Africa, for her freedom, for the chance to go to school and for his respect for children's rights. But she thanked him particularly for the help he had given to her and other children who've lost their parents to AIDS or who have AIDS themselves.
When Gabatshwane was little she used to help the poor people of the village and orphaned school friends. She bought food for them with the money she earns with her band.
When the other children were out playing, she stayed at home and listened to the radio. Soon she knew the words to all the popular songs, and one day her brother heard how well she could sing.
Gabatshwane performing with her badn when she was 11.
Later, Gabatshwane became a member of the WCP Child Jury, and both sang and spoke up for child rights.
"When my mum died I felt like I was all alone in the world. Nobody should have to go through that," she says.
Text: Annika Forsberg Langa
Photo: Victor Matom, Evan Haussman/NMCP och AP