As the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign kicked off in South Africa, a local of Bloemfontein made his voice heard through his new single titled “Stop Abuse”.
Musician Motsamai Chakela Lepele has released his brand-new single in support of this campaign as his new song calls for an end to the scourge of GBV. The song that features talented musician Nkosi Nikelo, calls on men to be the protectors of women and for them to stand up with one voice and say no to domestic abuse.
Lepele indicated that as many have shown their stance against GBV in various ways, he saw it fit the send his message through the best way he knows, and that is through song. “I hope the song will be a call to men to respect women and children and play their role as protectors and role models,” said Lepele.
The song sends a message in multiple languages such as Afrikaans, Zulu, English and Sesotho and features the voices of children calling for an end to abuse. Lepele demonstrates the ramifications of abuse and what it does to women; the message behind the song is simple, it emphasises that “enough is enough”. He calls for an end to all forms of abuse against women and children.
“Music is a universal language. It has the ability to heal and comfort. I saw it vital to make a song that will call on men to stop the abuse of women and children and to alert them about the ramifications of their actions. As men, we cannot fold our hands while women and children are suffering because of our counterparts. We need to unite and say no to gender-based violence and I hope the song will send a strong message to the public about the importance of caring and loving our female gender,” concluded Lepele.
During the 16 days, Lepele will be playing his role of raising awareness. He aims to speak to boys and teach them about the importance of respecting women. He will do this with the intention of making them realise, even when still young, that they must grow up to be responsible men.
The single “Stop Abuse” will be available on all music platforms from 13 December 2020.
Pierce van Heerden