J’Something has written a deeply felt song holding in great respect for the life and remembrance of the late Uyinene Mrwetyana (19), whose passing last year sent a great shock nationwide.
Uyinene was molested and murdered by a 42-year-old employee at the Clareinch post office in Cape Town.
Her passing had South Africa in a scarcely credible state of heartache and the whole country grieved for the loss of the young woman.
It was only music for J that could help him express the sorrow and pain he felt at the time.
“Last year I wrote this song when a girl whom I didn’t know tragically passed away and left all of us in shock and filled the nation with sadness.”
“One night, out of frustration and deep sadness, I got into the studio to express myself and did this song. I never released it last year out of fear of sharing … unsure of how it would land and worried about people’s opinions,” he said.
The musician went into detail about the song that was born from a severe sense of helplessness on his part. Uyinene’s death and the xenophobic incidents that also made the news at about the same time, made him feel that only posting on social media and speaking about these events was not enough, he said.
“I had no idea what to do that day and the days following … then there was the xenophobic attacks about the same time and I felt so useless not knowing how to get involved and we tried to speak about it and post things etc which I knew wouldn’t really help the situation.”
J’Something added that he knew that as he shared the song, that it would not help with anything. Nevertheless, he still wished to use his gift to brighten up something that should have been avoided and to help keep Uyinene’s memory alive.
“Today I would like to present to you this song and pay tribute not only to Uyinene, but so many others who are being killed daily. I know this song too doesn’t solve anything, but I would like to use my gifts to shine a light on something I believe should’ve never happened and something that as a South African really shattered my heart …”