Mbongeni Ngema adds a little spice to the Youth month this year. As South Africa celebrates Youth Month this June, and in remembrance of the fallen soldiers of June 16, 1976 involved in the Soweto uprising against apartheid, the legendary writer and composer Mbongeni Ngema, saw this as a perfect time to release a remix of the much-loved song from the Sarafina! soundtrack – featuring some of Mzansi’s favourite young artists.
The veteran playwright and songwriter had the socials abuzz after he revealed the remix – simply called Freedom – featured Emtee, Saudi, Gigi Lamayne, Reason, BlackLez, Tamasha and MJ Machaba. The Freedom Is Coming remix is very diverse as it is a fusion of old school meets new school sound.
The story, originally a stage musical that was adapted into an international film in 1992, still holds meaning to many South Africans to this day. The Film maker and Director took to his Instagram to share a photo of himself together with the artists that he will be doing the song with and revealed the release date. “Release date 19th June. Please send to all you know” – Ngema said on his caption for the image.
According to the statement shared with Tshisa Live, the song is definitely one for the books. The lyrics talk about freedom and the current pandemic the country is facing Covid-19, the lyrics are inspiring and the overall message to the fans and fellow South Africans is to keep on pushing and never give up.