Through a brand new single, ‘Senzeni Na‘, rapper Rouge, in collaboration with Amanda Black, addresses gender-based violence (GBV).
From protests to social media hashtags to virtual talks, South Africa’s surge of femicide and women abuse has taken the centre stage and an immediate resolution is needed.
“Senzeni Na” is a well-known South African struggle song that our heroes utilised as a form of a war cry during the apartheid era and in 2020, Rouge and Amanda were able to redefine this golden oldie by owning it and inspiring anyone who will listen to this new inspirational Mzansi anthem.
“Growing up the youngest of four girls, it never dawned on me that I was growing up in a country where to be a woman was to be at constant risk,” offered Rouge.
She added:“I never anticipated that being a woman in South Africa would mean that I had a higher chance of dying at the hands of my partner than someone I don’t even know. I often wonder what we’ve done to you to deserve such indifference, such hatred.”
Echoing Rouge’s statement, Amanda took to Twitter and said: “We still don’t know what we have done to deserve being treated like less than humans. Being raped and killed every day for no reason. There is not reason enough why a 19-year-old girl should die untimely at the hands of a man because she didn’t want him anymore!!!”
We still dont know what we have done to deserve being treated like less than humans. Being raped and killed everyday for no reason. There isn’t reason enough why a 19 year old girl should die untimely at the hands of a man because she didn’t want him anymore!!! pic.twitter.com/AIokpLQt5t— #POWER – OUT NOW (@AmandaBlackSA) August 21, 2020
This song comes days after the Wits University student Astihandile ‘Kwasa’ Zozo was murdered in Eastern Cape by her boyfriend.