- Karen Zoid, the Ndlovu Youth Choir and AB de Villiers have dropped a new track titled The Flame
- The entertainers explained that the song aims to inspire and uplift South Africans following the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic
- Karen explained that the single was recorded remotely due to the Covid-19 lockdown
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Karen Zoid and the Ndlovu Youth Choir have teamed-up with Mzansi cricket legend AB de Villiers to record a new track. The song titled The Flame dropped on Friday, 30 October.
The stars shared that the new single and its music video aims to inspire and uplift South Africans following the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
AB explained that him and the rock star spent time together in 2019 to write music. The cricketer explains how the song came about.
"Karen Zoid and I spent time together in 2019 to write music. We want to inspire, to carry a message and help make a difference in the lives of people. During our writing sessions I spent a lot of time thinking about the challenges I had faced as a cricket player and the parallels with everyday life. At the time we had no idea Covid was on the cards but regardless, we felt the world needed a positive message."
The stars faced technical challenges when it was time to record the song this year because of the Covid-19 lockdown. AB was locked down in Dubai, Karen was in Cape Town and the Ndlovu Youth choir was also locked in Limpopo. The Skepe hitmaker explained that they had to record the song remotely.
"In the chorus I’m singing 'We fan the flame' while the others sang 'We found the flame'. The flame, a sliver of fire, has always represented massive hope to people on a physical and metaphysical level. I guess I could have gone back and redone my vocals to match the other voices but I didn't because it felt right being recorded incorrectly. Out of imperfect songs and an imperfect world beautiful things do transpire. They always have and they always will."
Choirmaster Ralf Schmitt agreed that they were delighted to be included in the song:
"In times of uncertainty and turmoil, the world remains united in our love for music, sport, art and culture. Together with Karen Zoid and AB de Villiers, we have brought these passions together to not only inspire but bring hope and warm hearts."
In other music news, Briefly.co.za reported that Kendrick Lamar has made his first rap appearance in 2020. The Grammy-winner is featured on Busta Rhymes' new song titled Look Over Your Shoulder.
The veteran rapper dropped the single on Thursday, 29 October along with a lyrical music video. The track also features singer SZA. Busta's song is a sample of the Jackson 5's classic I'll Be There.
It is the first time that Kendrick dropped a verse this year, according to People. This is his first verse since 2019. He made waves in 2019 when he featured on SiR's song titled Hair Down and Rearview by Raphael Saadiq, among other songs.
Social media users took to YouTube to listen to the new song by Busta and Kendrick. One fan, Greek Yard, commented:
"This Michael Jackson sample is too fire. I didn’t know this was a sample I needed in my life, the beat and lyrics was everything."
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