Not ones to miss a beat, South African musicians have banded together (while maintaining social distancing) to help ease the tension of the Covid-19 lockdown, reminding everyone to be kind and abide by the lockdown rules.
Filmed as a video call between friends, the song titled Don’t Panic Buy has struck a chord with South Africans now confined to their homes for the duration of the lockdown.
“You don’t want to be that guy”, Arno Carstens, Zolani Mahola, Ard Matthews and Majozi sing, with the likes of Theo Crous and Karen Zoid chiming in too.
Later in the song, Loyiso Bala joins in, crooning: “Please don’t take any more than you need.” Later they’re joined by Lira, Francois van Coke, Kahn Morbee, Jack Parow and Early B.
“There’s enough coming up on the shelf, you will see. Please think of those in need,” they sing.
Take a listen for yourself…
Meanwhile, comedian The Kiffness borrowed from Toto’s iconic Africa song and repurposed the lyrics to remind people that “it doesn’t take a lot to get infected, my bru”. He ends his song with the plea: “Please stay home South Africa.”
Other funny reinvented hits include one from The Beatles. Their global hit, I Want To Hold Your Hand, has been repurposed as a Covid-19 safety song titled I Gotta Wash My Hands.
Lyrics include: “Oh yeah, I touched that somethin’ – I think you understand. Now I need a scrubbin’… I gotta wash my hands!”
Watch it here…