Freedom on #FreedomDay2020


“Freedom, generally, is having the ability to act or change without constraint. Something is “free” if it can change easily and is not constrained in its present state.” A definition taken from Wikipedia and it touches on how freedom is more than just physical movement.

As we celebrate and remember this iconic day in South Africa’s history, it is rather ironic that we are under lock down and dealing with a global health crisis. Our movement may be constrained and times are indeed tough, but as a country we have a phenomenal power when we unite.

This got me thinking about how we define freedom – being able to think independently and contribute to change in different ways is also a large part of being free.

The world is changing, timelines are being compressed and we are all needing to adapt.

Well known artist, Travis Scott launched team up with Fortnite (an online game planned by over 78 million people) last week to launch his latest track Astronomical. A radically different experience to what we have come to expect from artists launching their latest tracks – showcasing awesome creativity and thinking differently within current constraints. It does though allow us to imagined a world of virtual concerts and pushes our ambitious boundaries.

Today we see how, thanks to technology, we are able to unite, share expereinces and stand together to celebrate Freedom Day. The #AnthemChallengeRSA, sees over 1000 South Africans perform our Anthem – physically distance but socially connected.

Here is a list of the contributing artists, in amongst other ever day South Africans.

1.     Afrikanswiss

2.     Andre Schwartz

3.     Anslin Gysman

4.     Bianca Le Grange

5.     Brian Temba

6.     Busiswa

7.     Caroline Grace

8.     Chad Saaiman

9.     Chris Forrest

10.  Corlea

11.  Craig Lucas

12.  Daniel Baron

13.  Danny K

14.  David Johnson

15.  Donald

16.  Dumza Maswana

17.  Glen Hodgson

18.  Gloria Bosman

19.  Graeme Watkins

20.  Jason Greer

21.  Joe Nina

22.  Jules (GoodLuck)

23.  Katlego Maboe

24.  KB

25.  Khaya Dladla

26.  Kurt Darren

27.  Leah

28.  Lee Scott

29.  Liesl Penniken

30.  Likhey Booi

31.  Mma Ausi

32.  Moonchild Sanelly

33.  Mpho Osei-Tutu

34.  Nathan Ro

35.  Phinda Matlala

36.  Phindile Morgets

37.  Pierre Greeff (Die Heuwels Fantasties)

38.  Proverb

39.  Relebogile Mabotja

40.  Sam Peo

41.  Sandile Kamle

42.  Sibongile Mngoma

43.  Siziwe Ngema

44.  Tamara Dey

45.  The Muses

46.  Timothy Moloi

47.  Tracey-Lee Oliver

48.  Tumi Morake

49.  Willem Botha

While we may not be able to commemorate Freedom Day together this year, I encourage you to connect with one another virtually. Being free is so much more than just being able to move freely and in an unconstrained manner. Artists have a unique way in portraying things and the #AnthemChallengeRSA reminds us of the energy we can gain from experiencing diversity.

After all, we are #InThisTogether and stronger when we unite to build a better future.