' STILL I RISE '
A song by Pilani Bubu, Lyrics by Maya Angelou
23 years ago, when I was 13 years old, I put a melody & song behind Maya Angelou’s poem: ‘Still I Rise’. It lived intimately with me at significant moments over time, making moves on my heart. Inclusive of a time in 2014 when I had planned to share this before she transitioned. But alas, It was not time! In the last 7 days - today being June 16, 2020, it pressed upon my spirit, a sense of urgency that moved me like goosebumps, a quickening of heart as the meaning of this poem captures the times - past and present. I wanted to express all that I had been feeling, as the call begs for us to stand! Stand against racism, against femicide, against police brutality, against gender-based violence our dignity and more! I take heed and with this rendition of ‘Still I Rise’ - I take a stand. With a little history lesson for today's youth: #alutacontinua change is progressive!
Lyrics by Maya Angelou (copyright at Penguin Random House Inc Publishers), Music by Pilani Bubu (at Bupila Publishing (Pty) Ltd), Performed by Sean at Supersonic (Kenya) on the keyboard, Pilani Bubu on voices, Mix and Mastered by Robin Fernie at Scherzo Productions