Khupe honoured in song

Following the Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe’s announcement that she has cancer, people have rallied around her, including South African singer, Albert Mahlalela, who wrote a song in her honour.

Albert Mahlalela has rallied behind Khupe in her fight against cancer.
Albert Mahlalela has rallied behind Khupe in her fight against cancer.

The Limpopo-born singer, also known as Mavilos, has dedicated a song to her fight against the disease.

“I felt touched by Khupe’s courage and thought I should honour her with the song and help spread awareness about the disease,” Mavilos told The Zimbabwean. “Cancer is usually regarded as a white man’s disease, but here is a senior government official who came out and told the world that she was suffering from it. I found that incredible. She is the kind of leader this world needs more of.”

The track “Together we can”, sung to a dance beat that is popular with the youth, is part of a 15-track album that will be released early next year, but has already been played to Khupe, who has been recovering in South Africa after a recent operation.

“Khupe has started the process and I thought that as a popular musician, it is also my duty to weigh in. Her campaign is my campaign. I also encourage people across the world to join us in this fight,” added Mavilos.

The single and video are already enjoying airplay on South African radio and television. Giyani Dube, the MDC Youth Assembly chair for South Africa, who was present when the VP listened to the track, said she was humbled.

“She was touched to see a popular young man, South African for that matter, sing a song for her and encouraged him to continue,” said Dube. “She even revived memories of Tongai Moyo, who died as a result of the disease and said politicians and musicians should unite to fight this disease.”

Besides his solo career, Mavilos is lead singer of the popular Matshikos band with Daniel Tshanda of Splash fame. Among their most popular recent hits is the album, Ejele.

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