Marius du Plooy’s song finds a home in Liedjietuin

Henry

Shortly after the South African national election, the Federation of African Cultural Associations (FAK) confirms with the unveiling of a new song board that this country is still moving forward.

The song “Forward, South Africa!” was written for the 1988 Groot Trek 150-year celebrations for the FAK and was officially unveiled in the Afrikaans Liedjietuin on Thursday.

Marius du Plooy, author of the song, revealed the sign of the song he wrote more than 36 years ago. At the time, he was tasked with helping to promote the publicity of this festival and part of the strategy to write a festival song.

“Usually it takes a long time to write lyrics. The rhythm and emphasis have to be right in all places, but the lyrics for this song fell into place within two hours,” he says.

Marius started writing with key words and from there the theme was clear: Forward South Africa.

“This song has a meaning of hope and growth. Moving forward is the essence of the song. I had no idea when I wrote the song what it would mean for South Africa today.”

Dr. Danie Langner, managing director of the FAK, says it is everyone’s prayer for South Africa to move forward.

“Forward South Africa” ​​remains a beautiful song and an inspiration. The song didn’t stop in 1988 either. This was reflected in two other songs, ‘Trap nuye spore’ by Jak de Priester (2016) and ‘Die spore wat jy los’ by Adam Tas (2021), says Langner.

Words such as “tracks”, “acceptance” and “tolerance” stand out especially for Marius in the new South African context.

“My message to South Africa is: Stop focusing on the negative. Think about the future ahead. What are the traces you leave? Chat with the people around you. The tracks we have already trodden can be trodden even wider by you.”

Marius further argues that the song does not mean that you have to change the whole country, but you can make a difference in your world. This song was his contribution to South Africa.

It is a huge privilege for him to see the sign of the song he wrote among other big names in the South African music industry.

“It feels like I have cemented my little toe in the history of South Africa.”

Forward South Africa

Text: Marius du Plooy

Music: Johan Stemmet

Singing: Alabama Student Company

Traces of remembering

Traces of reviving

Traces of recognition

And traces of experience

Tracks full of friendship

Traces full of faith

Tracks full of gratitude

The direction comes from above

From Cape Town to the north

Carried into the future

The tracks spell the words:

“We for you south Africa!”

Today the prayers still ring:

“We will sacrifice what you ask!”

For the future and the present

For a strong country

Beautiful country!

Beautiful country!

South Africa!

Roads of promise

Paths of planning

Paths of utilized

And paths of existence

Paths full of gratitude

Roads full of trust

Roads full of tolerance

That keeps tomorrow precious

From Cape Town to the north

Carried into the future

The tracks spell the words:

“We for you south Africa!”

Today the prayers still ring:

“We will sacrifice what you ask!”

For the future and the present

For a strong country

Beautiful country!

Beautiful country!

South Africa!

From Cape Town to the north

Carried into the future

The tracks spell the words:

“We for you south Africa!”

Today the prayers still ring:

“We will sacrifice what you ask!”

For the future and the present

For a strong country

Beautiful country!

Beautiful country!

South Africa!

South Africa!