Zambian musician wins SADC song competition

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Southern Times Writer

Zambian hip hop musician, Chisenga Katongo, is the winner of the SADC Public Outreach song competition.

His song titled “SADC - Throw Your Hands Up” came out tops out of 27 submitted by artists from 9 SADC member states who participated in the competition.

Katongo received a prize of US$4 000 and travelled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he perform the song live during the official opening ceremony of the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government on 17 August 2019.

The SADC Public Outreach song competition was launched in October 2018 and closed on 22 February 2019 and participating artists were from Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In 2018, the Communication and Public Relations Unit (C&PRU) launched a competition for a SADC Public Outreach Song as part of its implementation of the Revised SADC Communication and Promotional Strategy and in response to a SADC Council Decision where the Secretariat was urged to come up with innovative ways to enhance awareness of the SADC identity, brand and community building symbols.

Music provides impactful formats of relaying information about an organisation or product, hence the SADC Secretariat decided to launch the public outreach song to educate, and inform about SADC.

Below are the lyrics to the song, SADC - Throw Your Hands Up:

 

 

 

Just turn up the radio

What’s up are you listening?

Ooh ooh!, Come on

 

Chorus

You know we are a growing economy, and a united community 

Everybody here hold hands do you feel me?

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

In case you wonder when you see the name on your TV

Everybody in the house put your hands up!

Throw your hands up! Put your Hands up. X 2

SADC throw your hands up

Put your hands up, SADC

 

A for Angola, Ola, eu amo Angola

The home of diamond and oil (oil, oil, oil)

 

B for Botswana, blessed be this noble land of diamond and beef

They have the best national parks, wildlife, swamps, sand dunes, try their tourism

Pula, let there be rain (aah, aah)

 

C for Comoros, you know they stay busy with great agriculture and fishing

Found across the Indian ocean, if you need to get away, you should get it in motion

 

Democratic Republic of Congo, limitless water,

Abundant deposits of diamond, copper and gold (gold, gold, gold)

If I am looking down from the top of the mountain, there is more minerals than we can count men, like cobalt, tin, tantalum, etc, etc,

 

The Kingdom of Eswatini, is the new promise of Africa, let’s go

Majestic in all its ways, rich traditions, customs, royal friendly makes you feel welcome

They will make you feel home

 

Lesotho, the Kingdom in the sky. What else? 

High hills, high-lands water reservoirs, and another diamond hub, ahh

 

And what about M,

Madagascar, spreading vanilla scents to the whole world

The island with graphite, chromite, bauxite

God blessed us with some minerals we can’t even pronounce (huh, huh)

 

Malawi, I wanna visit the warm heart of Africa,

Landlocked, beautiful people, with good tasty fish called Chambo

I wanna escape there, they always make me feel home (home, home)

 

Chorus

You know we are a growing economy, and a united community 

Everybody here hold hands do you feel me? Huh

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

In case you wonder when you see the name on your TV

Everybody in the house put your hands up!

Throw your hands up! Put your Hands up. X 2

SADC throw your hands up

Put your hands up, SADC

 

Let’s not forget about Mauritius

The name is synonymous to tourism like no other

Hello to Dodo I want it on my t-shirt

Boasting of some of the world’s unique and endangered species

 

Mozambique, A luta continua

Great coastline with rich fishing grounds and fresh seafood

Producers of gas, electricity, water and coal (coal, coal, coal)

 

Namibia, the land of the brave,

The home of diamond, copper and gold

The greatest sights, with the highest dunes and whitest shores the world has ever seen

 

Have you ever been to Seychelles?

As pure as it gets, eight most beautiful Islands and alluring with attractions of surreal rock

 

South Africa, Inspiring new waves, the rainbow nation

Aka the one and only Mzanzi 

Bred icons of peace like Mandela who liberated his people from apartheid

Still rich in diamond and gold (gold, gold, gold)

 

The United Republic of Tanzania,

Diamond and tanzanite mining and touring taking them higher and higher

Zanzibar is just another place I admire, I will go there to fulfil my desire

Kilimanjaro give it a shot, let’s climb up

 

Zambia, the real Africa, with people are warm and friendly

They show love and do it immensely, One Zambia, one nation, Chipolopolo

The home of the copper belt, platinum and cotton are bread and butter

Animal reserves, game in abundance, the tourist came are they loved it

 

Zimbabwe, coming up with diamond and coal rocks

Beautiful natural wonders of the Victoria Falls – “Mosi-oa-Tunya - the smoke that thunders”, a shared heritage with Zambia, a great symbol of oneness,

Spectacular waterfalls the world has ever seen,

A stunning destination with amazing attractions

Stunning destinations with amazing attractions

 

Bridge

The Southern African Development Coordinating Conference was established on 1st April 1980 in Lusaka, Zambia and was transformed into the Southern African Development Community on 17 August 1992 in Windhoek, Namibia, to promote development, integration, peace and security, and socio- economic growth. 1 Region, 16 Nations working towards a common future.

 

Chorus

You know we are a growing economy, and a united community 

Everybody here hold hands do you feel me? Huh

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

In case you wonder when you see the name on your TV

Everybody in the house put your hands up!

Throw your hands up! Put your Hands up. X 2

SADC throw your hands up

Put your hands up, SADC    (Source: SADC Secretariat)

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