Song to help fight ‘enemy’

2015-12-03 06:00
=Vossie Vorster.    Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Vossie Vorster. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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“It’s an enemy no one can see, no one knows who, it’s still a mystery ...”

These are lyrics written by a local nursery owner Vossie Vorster, who had his song “An enemy called Aids” registered at the South African Music Rights Organisation.

He wrote the song 14 years ago, whilst attending a HIV/Aids awareness workshop in Cape Town as a workforce representative from Parmalat.

“It was shocking to see statistics of the infection rate - and that was more than a decade ago - today it is much worse. The urge to do something made me write this song,” said Vossie Vorster, owner of Cape Gardens Nursery in Uitenhage.

“Aids is killing more people than the number of fatalities during World War II. It is like an enemy that you can’t see. Despite all the awareness campaigns and medical treatments people are dying by the day as a result of this disease.”

Vorster recently took his song to Jeff Benjamin at Bay City Sound Studio in Port Elizabeth to have it recorded.

“It took them only 4 hours to have it ready to roll. The voices of Catherine van Aswegen and Selwyn Arends were perfect.

“They gave the song the powerful sound it needed. Now, I want it to be on air at various radio stations and played at events. It must carry the message to restrain people from giving this enemy any more power.”

Vorster said it is his wish one day to see masses of people singing the song together.

“There are way too many people who are ignorant about HIV/Aids. And way too many people saying it’s not our problem.

“The only way to tackle an issue bigger than ourselves is for us all to get involved in changing minds, changing lifestyles,” said Vorster.

The song is available on CD at Cape Gardens Nursery in Cuyler Street, Uitenhage.

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