Zambian musician wins SADC song competition

Zambian hip hop musician, Chisenga Katongo, is the winner of the SADC Public Outreach song competition. 

His song titled “SADC - Throw Your Hands Up” came out tops out of 27 submitted by artists from 9 SADC member states who participated in the competition. 

Katongo received a prize of US$4 000 and travelled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he perform the song live during the official opening ceremony of the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government on 17 August 2019. 

The SADC Public Outreach song competition was launched in October 2018 and closed on 22 February 2019 and participating artists were from Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

In 2018, the Communication and Public Relations Unit (C&PRU) launched a competition for a SADC Public Outreach Song as part of its implementation of the Revised SADC Communication and Promotional Strategy and in response to a SADC Council Decision where the Secretariat was urged to come up with innovative ways to enhance awareness of the SADC identity, brand and community building symbols. 

Music provides impactful formats of relaying information about an organisation or product, hence the SADC Secretariat decided to launch the public outreach song to educate, and inform about SADC. 

Below are the lyrics to the song, SADC - Throw Your Hands Up: 

Just turn up the radio 

What’s up are you listening? 

Ooh ooh!, Come on 

 

Chorus 

You know we are a growing economy and a united community 

Everybody here holds hands do you feel me? 

Southern African Development Community (SADC) 

In case you wonder when you see the name on your TV 

Everybody in the house put your hands up! 

Throw your hands up! Put your Hands up. X 2 

SADC throw your hands up 

Put your hands up, SADC 

 

A for Angola, Ola, eu amo Angola 

The home of diamond and oil (oil, oil, oil) 

B for Botswana, blessed be this noble land of diamond and beef 

They have the best national parks, wildlife, swamps, sand dunes, try their tourism 

Pula, let there be rain (aah, aah) 

C for Comoros, you know they stay busy with great agriculture and fishing 

Found across the Indian ocean, if you need to get away, you should get it in motion 

Democratic Republic of Congo, limitless water, 

Abundant deposits of diamond, copper and gold (gold, gold, gold) 

If I am looking down from the top of the mountain, there is more minerals than we can count men, like cobalt, tin, tantalum, etc, etc, 

The Kingdom of Eswatini, is the new promise of Africa, let’s go 

Majestic in all its ways, rich traditions, customs, royal friendly makes you feel welcome 

They will make you feel home 

Lesotho, the Kingdom in the sky. What else? 

High hills, high-lands water reservoirs, and another diamond hub, ahh 

And what about M, 

Madagascar, spreading vanilla scents to the whole world 

The island with graphite, chromite, bauxite 

God blessed us with some minerals we can’t even pronounce (huh, huh) 

Malawi, I wanna visit the warm heart of Africa, 

Landlocked, beautiful people, with good tasty fish called Chambo 

I wanna escape there, they always make me feel home (home, home) 

 

Chorus 

You know we are a growing economy and a united community 

Everybody here holds hands do you feel me? Huh 

Southern African Development Community (SADC) 

In case you wonder when you see the name on your TV 

Everybody in the house put your hands up! 

Throw your hands up! Put your Hands up. X 2 

SADC throw your hands up 

Put your hands up, SADC 

 

Let’s not forget about Mauritius 

The name is synonymous to tourism like no other 

Hello to Dodo I want it on my t-shirt 

Boasting of some of the world’s unique and endangered species 

Mozambique, A luta continua 

Great coastline with rich fishing grounds and fresh seafood 

Producers of gas, electricity, water and coal (coal, coal, coal) 

Namibia, the land of the brave, 

The home of diamond, copper and gold 

The greatest sights, with the highest dunes and whitest shores the world has ever seen 

Have you ever been to Seychelles

As pure as it gets, eight most beautiful Islands and alluring with attractions of surreal rock 

South Africa, Inspiring new waves, the rainbow nation 

Aka the one and only Mzanzi 

Bred icons of peace like Mandela who liberated his people from apartheid 

Still rich in diamond and gold (gold, gold, gold) 

The United Republic of Tanzania, 

Diamond and tanzanite mining and touring taking them higher and higher 

Zanzibar is just another place I admire, I will go there to fulfil my desire 

Kilimanjaro give it a shot, let’s climb up 

Zambia, the real Africa, with people are warm and friendly 

They show love and do it immensely, One Zambia, one nation, Chipolopolo 

The home of the copper belt, platinum and cotton are bread and butter 

Animal reserves, game in abundance, the tourist came are they loved it 

Zimbabwe, coming up with diamond and coal rocks 

Beautiful natural wonders of the Victoria Falls – “Mosi-oa-Tunya - the smoke that thunders”, a shared heritage with Zambia, a great symbol of oneness, 

Spectacular waterfalls the world has ever seen, 

A stunning destination with amazing attractions 

Stunning destinations with amazing attractions 

Bridge 

The Southern African Development Coordinating Conference was established on 1st April 1980 in Lusaka, Zambia and was transformed into the Southern African Development Community on 17 August 1992 in Windhoek, Namibia, to promote development, integration, peace and security, and socio-economic growth. 1 Region, 16 Nations working towards a common future. 

Chorus 

You know we are a growing economy and a united community 

Everybody here holds hands do you feel me? Huh 

Southern African Development Community (SADC) 

In case you wonder when you see the name on your TV 

Everybody in the house put your hands up! 

Throw your hands up! Put your Hands up. X 2 

SADC throw your hands up 

Put your hands up, SADC   

 

(Source: SADC Secretariat)

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