Friday, 19 March 2010

Shout South Africa

Another great South African musical initiative and once again, stolen from the lovely Vanessa (I stole You Make Joburg Great from her in January).

Shout SA is a movement that was started by South African musicians Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane after the murder of musician Lucky Dube.  The video below features the cream of South African musicians as they band together to give South Africans a voice in the fight against crime.  All South Africans have been touched by crime in some way and most know someone who has died as a result of crime, be it from an unlicensed vehicle skipping a red light or during a robbery or hijacking.

The song is great and I loved that I recognised the musician’s voices before their faces.  I’m trying to find out how we can buy a copy of the song from outside of South Africa.

The most important message is that the responsibility for change lies in all South Africans and that no crime, no matter how big or small, is acceptable.  That has always been my biggest observation in England, that citizens here are more acquiescent and law abiding as a whole than in South Africa.

You can follow them at Twitter @ShoutSA but their Facebook appears to have committed suicide.  They also have a YouTube channel.

I’m trying to set up a couple of interviews with every day South Africans in the run up to the World Cup but although there has been interest, I’ve not had any replies.  If you are in South Africa right now and would like to chat about who you are and what you do, then please contact me.  South African bloggers are most welcome!!



  1. Wow, that's a great version of that song! Thanks for sharing this info, I'll follow them at Twitter and I hope you can do these interviews.
    I have a little award for you in my blog, hope you like it! :)

  2. Hey Em ... I love this remake of Shout, even though I don't know any of the artists, I can still appreciate it. And the video is really awesome too!

    I have a friend who lives in J'burg at the moment ... so I'm going to send him a link to your page. I guess he is an everyday South African who may agree to answering some questions LOL. Lets see ;)

  3. That is So. Well. Done. I think the song takes such deeper meaning with all of those voices. The video is fantastic too. Thanks for sharing that!

  4. Wow! I really, really enjoyed this cover! It was true to the original and yet completely fresh and new, not to mention ardent! South Africa has so much to offer the world! It seems to be very undervalued. Let's hope that the World Cup helps garner international interest.

  5. You've inspired me!

    In case the short link doesn't work:

  6. Hi Emm! Long time no see...
    Blogtrotter 2 is waiting your comments at the Cayman Islands, before Portugal wins SA 2010 World Cup... ;))
    Enjoy and have a great weekend!!

  7. This video is well worth a second view for all people that aren't aware of the violence happening outside their backdoor. Wow, I love all of the musicians, most of which I have never heard of.

  8. @ Fullet: Thanks again for the reward! I love visiting your blog so it was lovely to see. I agree - this is a great version of the song...

    @ Suzy: I must say, I recognise less of the artists than I would have three years ago!!

    @ JaPRA: I agree - the collaboration was really well done and it wasn't overdone at all.

    @ Xoán-Wahn: Ha! I am so glad I inspired you!

    @ Trotter: Are you going to the World Cup?? You should!

    @ Lauren: I agree actually... the world is becoming more and more violent and we are all seeing it.


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