Musical Sunday: Weeping, Soweto String Quartet & Vusi Mahlasela


I first discovered this song 7 years ago through listening to Josh Groban’s Awake album. Weeping was written as a protest song during South Africa’s Apartheid era by Dan  Heymann, who had been forcibly drafted into the South Africa army. The lyrics are said to be about P.W. Botha who was South Africa’s first executive state president. It also speaks (in beautiful metaphors) of the atrocities of Apartheid in South Africa, and ability to prevail from suffering which Nelson Mandela, who was just laid to rest this morning, so gracefully embodied.

Many versions of Weeping abound but the Soweto String Quartet and Vusi Mahlasela remains my favourite.

 

May we also do our part in leaving this world a tad better than it was when we arrived. Happy trails.

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