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Cipla & Emo Adams bring 80 top musical talents together to drive mental health awareness through song

Lean on Me by C-Voices Unite!

When South Africa is asked to come together for a cause, it can result in goosebump-inducing stuff, just like when 1 000 people sang their version of our wonderful national anthem to show solidarity under lockdown.

Now, revered South African singer and entertainer Emo Adams along with renowned local artists such as Heinz Winckler, Jack Parow, Early B, Sasha-Lee Davids, Paxton Fielies, David Kramer, Alistair Izobell, Pierre from Heuwels Fantasties and Francois Van Coke are lending their voices to sing the iconic classic Bill Withers song, ‘Lean on Me’ to uplift the spirits of all South Africans during these unprecedented times.

A music video has also been made of the epic song – Watch below

A total of 80 well-known SA artists, sports stars, TV presenters and celebrities including the likes of Bryan Habana, Katlego Maboe, JP Duminy, Rolene Strauss, Nadia Jaftha as well as Siv Ngesi, were all more than happy to lend their voices to this worthy cause.

Lean On Me is now available for streaming on Soundcloud HERE

In the current global context of humanity standing together against injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic, this iconic date is even more poignant to remind us if we stand in solidarity, together we can make an impact and bring about transformation.

Adams, who conceptualised the idea for the project and produced the song, says it was important for him to record the iconic song with a local, modern twist to ensure it touches South Africans’ hearts during this pandemic.

“We need to keep spreading the love and also instill hope in every SA citizen right now. It is my vision to get every South African to not only download the song, but to unite and remain positive and hopeful because we all need each other during this time,” said Adams.

The inspiring and uplifting song was also chosen as COVID-19 has challenged our resilience and highlighted the importance of mental and psychological well-being during lockdown.

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on

Adds Adams: “I wanted this to be the current generation’s version of the historic charity single, ‘We Are The World’, by approaching various South Africans to record a verse or two of this song. We have so much talent in our country and by uniting as artists, we are also letting the world know that we won’t let this pandemic take away our hope and livelihood too.”

The Lyrics

LEAN ON ME : (C-Voices Version)

Lean On Me
When You’re Not Strong
I’ll Be Your Friend
I’ll Help You Carry On
For It Won’t Be Long
Till I’m Gonna Need
Somebody To Lean On
Jack Parow Lean On

Nkosi Sikekel’ iAfrika
Saam Mekaar Awe Hier Move Ons Hand In Hand
En Die Plan Is Om Jou Lig Te Laat Skyn
Cause United We Stand No Matter Our Skin Colour Soe..

Kom Ons Wees Die Mandelas Van Ons Land
Celebrate Inni Straat Vuvuzela Inni Hand
Maak Geraas Om Te Wys Djy’s Trots
Ons Vat ‘n World Cup Soos Niks As Ons Land By Mekaar Kom

Ytie Straat Uit Tot In Jou Kamer
Van Dorp Tot Dorp Tot Dit Eindig Oppie Plase
En Da Vanaf Ganit Verder
Sky Is The Limit Awê Os Mik Hoër As Die Berge

Soek Jy Hulp Mutie Huiwer Om Te Vra Nie
Lean On Me As Jou Bene Jou Nie Wil Dra Nie
Os Is Hier Vir Mekaar Ou Bra
Soe Sing Saam God Seën Suid-Afrika

Lean On Me
When You’re Not Strong
I’ll Be Your Friend
I’ll Help You Carry On
For It Won’t Be Long
Till I’m Gonna Need
Somebody To Lean On

Ka Setswana Gatwe
Motho Ke Motho Ka Batho
Utlwang Mafako Tlheng Batho
A Tseëng Tsia
Aroganang Tlhogo Ya Tsie
Gonne Batho Botlhe Gare Lekane Re Se Meno
Tshwaragano Tlaya Re Dire Leano

En Al Het Dit Nie Gereën Nie
Sien Nogsteeds Die Reënboog
Al Is Dit Vir Jou Moeilik
Hou Nogsteeds Jou Kop Hoog
Moenie Toelaat Dat Jou Kroon Afval Nie
Moenie Bang Wees Jy Gaan Ingee
Ek Belowe Jou Jy Sal Nie

Nee Jy Sal Nie Gazie
Glo En Vertrou Dus Ons Almal Wat Innie Bou Is
As Lewe Vir Jou Gevou’et
Hier My Skouer Hou Vas En Klou’et
Want Tawwe Battles Kom Vir Die Tuffste Soldate
Djy Moet Bond Staan
Is Early B Lean On Me Bra Djy Moet Opstaan

Lean On Me
When You’re Not Strong
I’ll Be Your Friend
I’ll Help You Carry On
For It Won’t Be Long
Till I’m Gonna Need
Somebody To Lean On

If There Is Load You Have To Bear
That You Can’t Carry
I’m Right Up The Road
I’ll Share Your Load
If You Just Call Me

Lean On Me
When You’re Not Strong
I’ll Be Your Friend
I’ll Help You Carry On
For It Won’t Be Long
Till I’m Gonna Need
Somebody To Lean On

You Just Call On Me Brother
When You Need A Hand
We All Need Somebody To Lean On
I Just Might Have A Problem
That You’ll Understand
We All Need Somebody To Lean On

Lean On Me
When You’re Not Strong
I’ll Be Your Friend
I’ll Help You Carry On
For It Won’t Be Long
Till I’m Gonna Need
Somebody To Lean On
Lean On Me
When You’re Not Strong
I’ll Be Your Friend
I’ll Help You Carry On
For It Won’t Be Long
Till I’m Gonna Need
Somebody To Lean On

You Can Lean On Me Yes You Can

The Cause

Leading pharmaceutical company, Cipla South Africa, is partnering with Adams and the entertainers in an effort to help create awareness around mental health and well-being. CEO of Cipla South Africa, Paul Miller, said: “As highlighted by the World Health Organisation, taking care of one’s mental and psychological well-being during this pandemic is critical.

This campaign is yet another reminder that even though we’re physically apart, we’re all in this together and need to support each other as part of ‘caring for life’.”

Follow the conversation on social media, using these hashtags: #cvoicesunite #leanonme #caringforlife

Whether you are helping a friend, or need help yourself, you can always call the free Cipla SADAG 24-hour mental health helpline on 0800 456 789 or via WhatsApp on 076 882 2775 between 9am – 5pm.

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