LISTEN | Four lines from J’Something song tribute to Uyinene
Mi Casa band member J'Something has shared a touching song as a tribute to Uyinene Mrwetyana.
The 19-year-old University of Cape Town (UCT) student was raped and murdered in August.
Her death sparked a wave of outrage, protests and the social media campaign #AmINext, as many demanded the government address gender-based violence (GBV).
On Instagram, the singer said he did the song last year, but couldn't drop it due to the state of tension the country was in.
The song features a montage of photos of Uyinene and of the countrywide protests which took place after her death.
“One night, out of frustration and deep sadness, I got into the studio to express myself and did this song. I never released it last year out of fear of sharing ... unsure of how it would land and worried about people’s opinions.
“Today I would like to present you with this song and pay tribute not only to Uyinene, but so many others who are being killed daily,” he said.
Here are four lines from J’Something’s Uyinene song:
“Those are our daughters, our brothers. Those are our sisters, our mothers.”
“Those are our children losing their fathers.”
Fighting our people
“These are our people, fighting our people.”
“My soul is in darkness.”
Listen to the song below:
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Last year I wrote this song when a girl whom I didn’t know tragically passed away and left all of us in shock and filled the nation with sadness. I had no idea what to do that day and the days following ... then there was the xenophobic attacks around the same time and I felt so useless not knowing how to get involved and we tried to speak about it and post things etc which I knew wouldn’t really help the situation. One night out of frustration and deep sadness I got into the studio to express myself and did this song. I never released it last year out of fear of sharing ... unsure of how it would land and worried about people’s opinions. Today I would like to present to you with this song and pay tribute not only Uyinene, but so many others that are being killed daily. I know this song too doesn’t solve anything but I would like to use my gifts to shine light on something I believe should’ve never happened and something that as a South African really shattered my heart ... #ripuyinenemrwetyana I would also like to thank my goodness friend @tabzunderground for mixing and mastering this song and also to my friend @mot_micasa for playing trumpet.