Poet and orator Nue_Sam dropped a brand new single Vuyolwethu in February, which puts the spotlight on the challenges faced by sufferers of depression and anxiety. Nue_Sam features vocalist Buhlebendalo on the track and both artists take the listener on a haunting but beautiful journey, where we must confront the reality of mental illness facing our communities and families today.
According to Nue_Sam “the song takes you through the uncomfortable moments of mental breakdowns, sleepless nights and self-harm. It talks to suicidal moments, where one feels like death may be more peaceful than life”. The timing of the song couldn’t be more relevant as we see today, more than ever before, our collective mental health being challenged to the limit as peoples’ physical, emotional and financial wellbeing continue to suffer blows.
According to Nue_Sam “Vuyolwethu (meaning ‘our joy’) is a gift to the world. Considering how most times we, black people, don’t take it (depression and anxiety) seriously and it is at times mistaken for weakness, with most elders refusing to see it as a serious condition; depression has become one of the most notorious terrorists in our minds. Far too many people either attempt or commit suicide all around the world”.
“With this song, we ask for help and more information. We’re also putting it out there that if one is suffering from the same issues, never feel alone. As much as the people around you might not get it… you are never alone. Half the world (if not more) is facing the same problems; if we could just educate more and make it a known thing that depression is real and words can kill”.
Nue_Sam leads with inkondlo on the song while Buhlebendalo (The Soil; Native Rhythms) gives the song its haunting melodies and vocals.
“Vuyolwethu” is available on all leading digital platforms and can be accessed here: https://africori.to/vuyolwethu
South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)
0800 456 789 (24 hour helpline)
0800 567 567 (suicide emergency)