Michael Makube is the fastest Life Skills Educator ever, and his velocity might have something to do with that of the Deep House Beat especially produced for and recorded by his pupils from Khamane Secondary School in Marapyane, Mpumalanga province, July 2011.
In Marapyane, as a first surprise, Mr Makube presented his well educated students as so many good listeners, learners, participants carrying their own chairs, leaving cell phones out of class, knowing almost everything they needed about HIV and how it is transmitted… The RADS (Radical Different Spieces) program, recently implemented by the South African Ministry of Education, is obviously helping a lot to spread general knowledge about HIV.
But there was a second surprise and, in fact, a darker side to our investigation : only 23% of the students declared that they already passed the HIV test, which is the lowest rate ever in POSITIVO workshops history. The local Health Centre confirmed that information, explaining that people from the community, especially men, are afraid of taking the test.
So this is the song of some young students who have learned to overcome their fear. A Deep House Beat named ‘Changing your mind’ and sung in English, Zulu and Tswana. Presented to the school on last monday, the 25th of July. Sponsored by VSO adn the American Embassy in South Africa.
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Listen to the music – we hope you will enjoy this beat as much as we had fun producing it.