Artists honour women in essential services

Artists who were affected by
the cancellation of Suidoosterfees shows because of the
pandemic, combined their talents
in a special music video honouring
South African women who inspire
communities with essential services. 

Actors and singers took part in the
project, produced by the Suidoosterfees and Cape Town Music Academy
(CTMA), with renowned poet Diana Ferrus.
Cintaine Schutte, Buhle
Ngaba, Nicole Holm, Babalwa
Meintjies, Luna Paige, Lynelle
Kenned and Jawaahier Petersen
appear in the video with two
inspiring women, Naazneen Karriem and emergency unit doctor
Karienya Kasvalu. 
Ms Karriem has been running
a soup kitchen in Chapel Street,
District Six, for the past decade. 
She provides daily meals for
destitute people from her wendy
house, situated between two
night shelters. 
The video combines a Lucas
Maree song, Die weduwee se kruik,
with Diana Ferrus’ode to essential workers who bring relief and
hope to communities during the
Vicky Davis, programme manager at CTMA, who also directed
the project and video, says the
work done by women such as Dr
Kasvula en Ms Karriem on a daily
basis, should not go unnoticed. 
“This project is a celebration of women’s unmistakably
essential contribution to the
community. It is also a celebration of another essential component of society – the arts. This project is a tour
de force of female creativity and an example of the
positivity that can arise from
the ‘women supporting women’
theme which dominated this
Women’s Month, and which is
a message we would like to continue sending into springtime
and the remainder of 2020.” 

Schalk Joubert of Sunset
Recording Studios produced
the music and the video was
recorded at Sunset Studios in
Search for Die Weduwee se
Kruik (SOF Formidabele Vroue
2020) – Official HD on YouTube
Email Naazneen on if
you would like to support her
soup kitchen