New freedom song, dance

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pretoria – South Africans will on Sunday celebrate Freedom Day with a new song and dance.

The Department of Arts and Culture has appointed renowned choreographer and dancer, Somizi Mhlongo, to create the Freedom Dance.

“The dance is inspired by various high points in the past 20 years and includes the dance moves of the iconic late former President Nelson Mandela as well as encompassing his raised fist after his release, thobela dance moves and others,” the department said in a statement.

Mhlongo and his team incorporated all these into one Freedom Dance routine. The Freedom Dance will be performed live by Mhlongo and his fellow dancers at the Freedom Day celebrations.

In addition, the department has commissioned the recording of a special song as part of the 20 years of freedom celebrations.

“The song is a re-work of the Peace Song penned by the legendary Sello Chicco Twala and accompanied by younger artists,” the department said.

The refrain of the song “South Africa, we love you, our beautiful land” is as relevant and inspiring today as it was two decades ago.

The video of the song will be played at the Freedom Day celebrations on 27 April at the Union Buildings. –

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