Sing no to Xenophobia

2015-04-29 09:25

Cape Town musician Neville D has teamed up with two other South African artists to sing out against Xenophobia.

Gospel singers Judith Sephuma and Patrick Duncan were in Cape Town last week to record Pray, which will was released on Wednesday 22 April.

Neville originally wrote the song for Judith, who recorded it for her gospel album, The experience, but this time round the song features three voices.

Neville explains that they thought the song was very appropriate when looking at the current situation in South Africa with regards to recent xenophobic attacks.

“It’s just really a prayer,” he says, adding: “I don’t care who you pray to.” He adds that of course there’s more to fixing the situation than praying, but the three believe it’s a good place to start.

“It’s where we get our wisdom,” and from there they go out and do what they can do in action.

Across AfricaThe reason Neville asked Patrick and Judith to record this single is because the three of them, have travelled extensively to perform all over Africa.

“As soon as it started, we really felt it,” he says, again referring to the xenophobic attacks that have been making headlines recently.

With many friends from other African countries, Xenophobia is an issue that hits close to home, for all three singers, but it would be something they felt strongly about even if they didn’t have friends from north of the border.

“Just based on the fact that they are human beings, our brothers, we should be doing something.”

Patrick, Judith and Neville, recorded the single, and the music video on Monday with the help of Andrew and Jeremy Viljoen from Digital Forest Studios, Tim Lengfeld from TL Mastering, WOW TV, who did the video recordings and sponsors Euclid Jacobs and Mark Jackson.

“Everybody came on board, free of charge, just saying: ‘We want to be a part of this’.”

Adding voicesPray was released as a music video on social media platforms and is currently being sampled on local radio stations. Neville says there has been a lot of interest from television stations to broadcast the music video and while he can’t confirm who will pick it up, DStv’s Faith Broadcast Network already aired the song on Sunday 26 April.

Neville says they decided to record the single because they “just wanted to do something”. They want to encourage other artists from all over the world to add their voice to something.

“There’s a lot of negativity all over the world as far as South Africa is concerned and we felt like we wanted to see another side of South Africa.”

He says he doesn’t want the world to look at our country and say: “They killed our people and nobody said anything.”

Pray is available for download from digital stores like iTunes and Amazon.


Visit Neville’s Facebook page at or Twitter profile at @NevilleDMusic to hear the song

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