When the world is in turmoil, music is often used as a platform used to do good and as the world, especially South Africa, struggles to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus, popular musician and TV host Emo Adams called on 79 of his friends to join together for a cover of ‘Lean On Me’ in a bid to uplift the spirits of all South Africans during these unprecedented times.
Emo Adams along with renowned local artists such as Heinz Winckler, Jack Parow, Early B, Sasha-Lee Davids, Paxton Fielies, David Kramer, Alistair Izobell, Pierre from Heuwels Fantasties and Francois Van Coke are lending their voices to sing the iconic classic Bill Withers song, ‘Lean on Me’ to uplift the spirits of all South Africans during these unprecedented times.
A total of 80 well-known SA artists, sports stars, TV presenters and celebrities including the likes of Bryan Habana, Katlego Maboe, JP Duminy, Rolene Strauss, Nadia Jaftha as well as Siv Ngesi, were all more than happy to lend their voices to this worthy cause.
Adams, who conceptualised the idea for the project and produced the song, says it was important for him to record the iconic song with a local, modern twist to ensure it touches South Africans’ hearts during this pandemic.
“We need to keep spreading the love and also instil hope in every SA citizen right now. It is my vision to get every South African to not only download the song, but to unite and remain positive and hopeful because we all need each other during this time,” said Adams.
The inspiring and uplifting song was also chosen as COVID-19 has challenged our resilience and highlighted the importance of mental and psychological well-being during lockdown.
Adds Adams: “I wanted this to be the current generation’s version of the historic charity single, ‘We Are The World’, by approaching various South Africans to record a verse or two of this song. We have so much talent in our country and by uniting as artists, we are also letting the world know that we won’t let this pandemic take away our hope and livelihood too.”
Listen to the proudly South African version here: