Emancipate from mental Slavery

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The 30th November we celebrate the day the slaves were freed.

This year was the first time I join in the remembrance celebration put together by Cape Town, and I must say I  thoroughly enjoyed it. The event kicked off with a celebration of song, dance, poetry and a history lesson of the slaves in the old Slave church in long street…still used today. This is the church where the slaves learnt to read and write many years ago.

The choir entertained us in song and dance…the song that moved me the most was African dream it was a really moving performance by the Cape Cultural Collective.

African Dream – Soweto Gospel Chior

Sometimes alone in the evening,I
look outside my window,
At the shadow in the night.
I hear the sound of distant crying,
the darkness multiplying,
The weary hearts denied.
All I feel is my heartbeat,
Beating like a drum,
Beating with confusion.
All I hear are the voices,
Telling me to go,
But I could never run.
(Chorus)
Cos’ in my African Dream
There’s a new tommorow
Cos’ in my african Dream
There’s a dream that we can follow
Now when the night begins to fall,
I listen for your call,
I listen for your heartbeat.
Although my dream is just a dream,
another false illusion,
A shadow in the night.
All I want is for our heartbeats,
The beat just as one,
To silence that confusion.
And the pain and the illusion,
Will dissapear again,
And we would never run
(Chorus)
Cos’ in my African Dream
There’s a new tommorow
Cos’ in my african Dream
There’s a dream that we can follow

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/soweto+gospel+choir/african+dream_20554472.html

From the church we moved across to the different spots in Cape Town where Slavery was rife, I must say that the actors depicting how the slaves were treated really took the performance to another level. Wow welldone it was really moving.

Unfortunately I could not do the whole walk but after the glimpse I got, I hope this is done every year because I would definitely want to experience it again..and I encourage more people to join.

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We need to remember where we came from in order to truely move forward…in the well known words of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song.

……Emancipate yourselves from mental
slavery;
None but ourselves can free our
mind.
Wo! Have no fear for atomic
energy,
‘Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a
the time.
How long shall they kill our
prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fullfil the book.
Won’t you have to sing
This songs of freedom? –
‘Cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs –
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bob+marley/redemption+song_20021829.html

We also have to acknowledge Mr Mandela may his soul rest in peace, he was an exceptional man who fought for our Freedom.

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa
heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South
Afrika.
Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

http://www.metrolyrics.com/south-africa-anthem-text-lyrics-national-anthem.html

One last point because we are in the season of Christmas a christmas carol came to light..

O Holy Night…

….Truly He taught us to love one
another,
His law is love and His gospel is
peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave
is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall
cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful
chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His
holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever
praise we,
His power and glory ever more
proclaim!
His power and glory ever more
proclaim!

http://www.carols.org.uk/ba32-o-holy-night.htm

…and what a night it was – Thank You

Blessed

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