A NOBLE thing has just happened that could be symbolically termed the triangulum australe- a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near the Southern Cross.
Well, this something did not occur up above in the night skies but on the Southern African soil. The constellation has come about as a result of the actions of progressive human forces and can be heard on the airwaves and seen on television. A group of top musicians with some ordinary citizens, Radio 2000 with the SABC and the Nelson Mandela brand formed a positive force to make possible the recording of two songs to help raise funds for the building of a children hospital named after Mandela.
Tebogo Rameetse and lebohang Sebele’s All About Love and Happy Birthday Madiba by Pops Mohamed and JB Arthur also form part of millions of happy birthday wishes for the former South African president who turns 94 tomorrow (July 19, 2012). All About Love is most likely going to appeal to a youth audience while the Happy Birthday Madiba sound a bit old school and would strike a note with audiences who loved the U.S.A for Africa song that featured the likes of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder among others. Among the featured artists on the two new local songs are Ziyon of Liquideep, Josie Field, Loyiso Bala, PJ powers, Pops Mohamed, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Concord Nkabinde, Ray Phiri, Dorothy Masuka, Olu Femi, Chiano Sky, Kabomo and Wouter Kellerman.
SABC has committed to place the songs on high rotation on all its broadcast channels. A CD/DVD of the two songs can be purchased in stores. Videos’ of the songs can be viewed on youtube via the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/radio2000sabc Mobile phone convenience can also be used through the sms-ing of the key word “Love” or Madiba to 31755 for the download of the song. The costs are R20 per each download. All proceeds are expected to go to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust.
It is hoped that the expected success of this fund raising campaign can be repeated for positive change in other spheres of South African society.