Katlego Maboe takes on racism in new song

By Shanaaz Prince
18 June 2016

All the proceeds will be donated to the Anti-Racism Network South Africa.

Katlego Maboe is one talented guy.

The 2016 YOU Spectacular Favourite TV Presenter nominee is more than just a fantastic TV host. Katlego is now in the business of writing songs too.

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He recently wrote and co-produced a single called RACE (against time) along with David Harmse and Ntokozo Mkhize. The track, which features Erica Appels and the Sing the Change Choir on vocals, is not just a foot-tapping ditty.

Katlego's tackling an contentious issue through the song -- racism.

“Understanding that this is a deeply seated issue that has seen many generations suffer under its oppressive grip, the song aims to encourage people to reflect on the past and draw inspiration from the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jnr and Desmond Tutu who made conscious contributions and who brought about positive change to the state of societies across the globe,” he explains.

When asked about the title of the single, Katlego explains: “There is a deliberate play on words. The issue of race is a matter of urgency for all of us and we all stand to lose and suffer the consequences if we don't solve the problem in time.”

In honour of Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July, Kat hopes to reach 67 000 in pre-sales. All the proceeds will be donated to the Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA).

“ARNSA completely welcomes this partnership and congratulates Katlego Maboe on his great initiative to help combat racism in our country through the medium and power of music and song,” says Sean Moodley, Director of ARNSA.

“Our belief is that colour should never divide us, and in saying so the network will do whatever is needed to promote and endorse RACE (Against Time).”

The track will be available for pre-sale on MiTracks as well as other digital platforms on 18 June at a cost of R10 each.

The cover image for the single, RACE (Against Time) PHOTO: Supplied The cover image for the single, RACE (Against Time) PHOTO: Supplied

  • The Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada Foundations developed ARNSA to respond to incidences of racism and to try to better understand the underlying causes of these actions.

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