Young Mzanzi artists have joined together, via technology during #LockDown to record The Ultimate South African Song Medley

As a “THANK YOU” to all the healthcare professionals and other essential workers who are putting their lives at risk on a daily basis in order for the rest of us to #BeSafe and to be able to #StayHome.

Adcock Ingram OTC’s Sponsors of Brave Campaign in association with Stageworx Performing Arts School, released a video of The Ultimate South African Song Medley to not only thank our “heroes who don’t wear capes”, but to uplift the nation through local music.

To quote one of the greatest heroes, Nelson Mandela;

The Ultimate South African Song Medley integrates 28 of the most instantly recognizable classic South African songs from music icons across diverse genres from the last 50 years, woven into a seamless tapestry by Music Arranger, Maestro Extraordinaire, Bryan Schimmel, and performed by 50 students and alumni from Stageworx Performing Arts School in Johannesburg.

Music from Brenda Fassie to Kurt Darren, Mandoza to PJ Powers, Yvonne Chaka Chaka to The Parlotones, Miriam Makheba to Four Jacks and a Jill, Sonja Herholdt to Mafikozolo to name but a few – are all included to showcase the rich musical culture of South Africa.

Gemma Marinus, Director of Stageworx Performing Arts School said; “It is incredible how music and the arts is a complete leveller – it doesn’t matter if our students are from affluent or underprivileged backgrounds, when they walk into class no-one is better than the next and everyone is there for their passion. The Ultimate South African Song Medley has been a performance piece that is much loved by our Stageworx students. One thing is for sure, we will be keeping our students busy during the lockdown with already planned online classes, workshops and more exciting projects – music and the arts is the one thing that will help every South African emotionally through these challenging times ahead, and it should never be underestimated. “

Adcock Ingram OTC Financial Director Yudhveer Singh applauds the youth as he describes, “It’s encouraging that even in these uncertain times, South Africa’s young people are energized to show the lighter and more optimistic side of life. The youth have united through our local, iconic music to celebrate all the healthcare and other essential workers that BRAVELY support our nation during this tumultuous period. The medley exudes fun, joy and nostalgia, allowing us as South Africans, a reprieve from the challenges that surround us.”

To view The Ultimate South African Song Medley video below:


‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,

but the triumph over it.

The BRAVE man is not he who does not feel afraid,

but he who conquers that fear”

– Nelson Mandela –