What a great song! Love it. The official blurb below:
Because You Are There is an ensemble piece with a total of six South African singers and the Soweto Gospel Choir. A classic spiritual, it has a repeating refrain, and a steady crescendo of various musical elements. Beginning with a simple lead vocal, it grows to include influences of Dixieland jazz and a triumphant chorus.
The lyrics tell a poignant story of different people suffering the hardships of poverty, yet who manage to hold on to their smiles, hope and joy for life because of the everlasting presence of God. Despite being destitute, they remain rich in their hearts.
The first lead is Faith Kekana, a rare contralto and past collaborator of Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela.
Then we have Mandisa Dlanga, who of late collaborates with Johnny Clegg.
Bo Denim, lead singer of the well-known group, Denim.
Denise Mothiba, a young and talented up and coming singer.
Tracey-lee Oliver, a powerful singer, who has appeared on South Africa’s “Voice” television program.
Edith Mudau Masakona, who has traveled the world singing in the musical, The Lion King.
Together with the epic chorus of Soweto, they provide a moving chant that we dedicate to the countless souls of today and times past who struggled with poverty yet persevered.
Music by Mariano Schiavolini
Lyrics by Nicolette Turner
Video directed by Loraa White