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UCT Choir Salutes Covid-19 Frontline Workers

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The University of Cape Town's Choir put together a beautiful virtual performance video of “Thuma Mina” saluting those essential and frontline workers who are making major sacrifices for the good of the rest of South Africa. 

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The University of Cape Town Choir performed an amazing rendition of “Thuma Mina”, a traditional Zulu hymn, to salute the frontline and essential workers who are the heroes during this pandemic. 

The video that accompanies the performance features the UCT Choir and campus essential workers, such as cleaning staff and Campus Protection Services. Staff and final-year medical students in the Faculty of Health Sciences who have returned to campus star in the video as well.

The Choir originally rehearsed the song for the installation of UCT’s chancellor, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, in March but the event was cancelled due to Covid-19. However, the work and effort put into the song clearly was not wasted and is now a wonderful way of saying thank you. 

Members of the choir recorded themselves singing and performing “Thuma Mina" which was put together and produced by UCT’s video production unit in the Communication and Marketing Department. 

“The students were so excited. By the time we proposed this project, we were all really missing making music together,” the choir’s conductor, Leon Starker said.

Through the performance, all those individuals who are involved want to convey the message that, “We should never lose hope. There’s always help around the corner and with 'Thuma Mina' we’re saying, ‘Send us.’ ” This is to say to frontline workers that they are seen, honoured and endlessly appreciated. 

Starker said, “The final product and the visual experience it creates is simply heart-warming. Likening the words “send me” to the incredible work being done and the burden carried by essential workers is truly special.”

 

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