Cape Town – Twitter was ablaze with emotion after newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa quoted a Hugh Masekela song during the State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Ramaphosa quoted the song Thuma Mina (Send Me). The lyrics of the song include: “I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around/When they triumph over poverty/I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS/I wanna lend a hand/Send me.”
Masekela, a legendary South African trumpeter and jazz legend, died in Johannesburg on 23 January 2018 from prostate cancer. He was 78 years old.
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa's tweet:
#SONA2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa quotes the late great bra Hugh Masekela "I want to be there when the people start to turn it around, when they triumph over poverty. I want to be there when the people win the battle against AIDS, I want to lend a hand.... send me."— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) February 16, 2018
Listen to the song here: