SHOUT, the non-profit organisation founded by Kabelo Mabalane and Danny K in 2007, has launched the third song to raise funds to help in the struggle against crime in South Africa. Established following the tragic murder of legendary South African reggae musician Lucky Dube, SHOUT has been focused on building and stocking of libraries in primary schools around South Africa. The first three libraries have been setup in Soweto, Mitchells Plain and Phalaborwa.
The first song was a cover of the Tears For Fears song Shout while the second song was a cover of the song You’re The Voice, made famous by Australian singer John Farnham in 1986. I loved both tracks when they came out in the 80s. Great musical anthems and fitting for SHOUT. But, for the third musical incarnation, SHOUT 3, Mi Casa wrote the original song SMILE specifically for the project and it has a distinctive South African – and soulful, playful and funky Mi Casa – feel to it.
As is tradition, a wide array of singers, rappers and musicians are featured in the song, while the video is a veritable who’s who of the South African entertainment, fashion, media and social worlds. There’s everyone from Johnny Clegg, iFani, Khuli Chana and Hugh Masekela to Thuli Madonsela, Lloyd Cele, Maps Maponyane, Chad Saaiman and, obviously, Danny and Kabelo. The behind-the-scenes video gives a true sense of the work that goes into a project of this nature.
SMILE is available for download. To donate R20 as well as access the song, you can SMS ‘Smile’ to 40388. Both the song and the video definitely make you SMILE. It’s nice to see Kabelo and Danny, as well as the many people involved behind the scenes, contributing to redefining what legacy we will leave for generations to come.