Hugh Masekela’s Thuma Mina – A People’s Version will be released on Friday September 11 in Heritage Month and will serve as a call to the people of South Africa to stand up collectively for change.
In the song Thuma Mina (Send Me), Hugh Masekela pens the lyrics “I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around”, which rings true to the very first words in South Africa’s Constitution, “We, the People”.
The people of South Africa are facing tremendous challenges in the wake of COVID-19, including severe poverty, a compromised economy, lack of access to healthcare and education, corruption and gender-based violence. Together, with a little help from some friends, Constitution Hill in partnership with the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation, have joined forces to produce a collaborative re-working – A People’s Version – of the late, great Masekela’s anthemic Thuma Mina. This People’s Version strives to mobilise the citizens of South Africa into action, in support and empowerment of one another.