It’s no secret that the entertainment and creative industry has taken the biggest blow by the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdown, but independent music artists and creatives across the Western Cape have united in order to spread hope to our communities, country and the rest of the world on a fresh, new musical track written and composed by South African music artist Saalim Ismail.
It has been a while since South Africa has produced a potentially iconic song like “African Dream” by Vicky Sampson and “World in Union” by PJ Powers. Now in the year 2020, an opportunity has presented itself for a new “We Are The World”, and it’s called “We Are Survivors (Singabasindileyo)”. The anthem speaks of hope and standing together through these trying times to uplift the spirit of people.
The track features unsigned artists like; Saalim Ismail, Vicky Sampson, Jéan Citto, Andréas Tabumuntu, Xola Toto, Zoe Zana, Celest Florence, Julian Hurley, Cheswyn Ray, Miché Beneke, Ameer Hendricks and Micaela Kleinsmith.
The music video is due for release on YouTube tomorrow, 30th September 2020 and features some well-known influencers like Siv Ngesi and Jenny Morris.
It’s ideal that the single, celebrating South African talent, is being released as Heritage Month draws to a close. The group of diverse voices hails from different regions in the Western Cape.
“These artists voluntarily came on board when the opportunity was presented to them to unite and to send a message of hope and positivity amid the devastating impact of the pandemic. Being artists and having all our events cancelled, some booked right up until December, did not stop the group from being a beacon of hope, as communities had to grapple with the negative effects of the lockdown. It also speaks to the fact that we can rise above our challenges, if we stand together,” says Ismail.
He adds: “We want to spread the message of hope through the universal language of music, transcending all barriers. We salute all our unsung heroes, who resiliently work on the front line.”
As the lyrics say: Do not lose hope, do not lose faith, if we stand together, we can be triumphant as survivors.
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