HER TIME HAS COME

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This, one of my most poluplar pieces, was written for a choir festival in 2003. Since then been performed all over the world at my own performances, including a turn at the Royal Albert Hall. Receives great applause without fail, often standing ovations. I have been urged by many, of all colours and persuasions, here and abroad, to promote it for the 2010 Soccer World Cup openeing in South Africa, which it did not make in the final round of decisions. It was also touted as an anthem for the Pan African Parliament, although that is not realized yet.

It basically says that Africa’s time has come to be recognized as humanity’s birthplace, and therefore a place that can bring us all together. It calls for care and appreciation of the continent as the “mother of us all.” Partly spiritual, partly anthemic, partly joyous celebration, it is not a typical commercial song. It blends emotive western music with an African harmonic and rhythmic heart.

It is also designed as a sing-along. Audiences easily pick up the chorus line and improvise into the climactic ending.

I believe the song might just be that element that takes Africa further into the hearts of those visiting her, cementing a deeper relationship that will help to change perceptions and keep them coming back.

SYNOPSIS

Africa, by virtue of being the richest in life and the birth ground of humanity, is the mother continent. Her time has come to be recognized as such. It is easy to shift it aside on superficial economic performance criteria, or to point a blind finger at its political ineptness. It is easy to forget how the continent was and still is trampled upon and exploited to uphold the rich life-styles of the West (and growingly, the East too). Yet that obscures the deeper indebtness we all have towards Africa: it is our natural habitat. We are all Africans. We all need to take care of our home ground. Indeed, if we choose to cut away our roots, we will be deprived of its warmth, of its connecting gravity, and we will blindly pursue our unsustainable adolescent ways. We owe a new respect and allegiance to Africa, not just to heal the continent, but even more so to heal ourselves. This song was composed in 2003 for a choir festival and has since been sung in many places in the world, as people opened their hearts to a common meeting place we can recall as our our own.

VERSE 1A

in this place we have suffered
in this place we have been blessed
in this place we have struggled
in this place we found our destiny

VERSE 1B

she gave birth to all the peoples of the world
and her name is Africa
without her warmth and nourishment our souls would die
her time has come
her time has come
her time has come
her time has come


CHORUS 1A

we shall take care of Africa
we shall take care of Africa
we shall take care of Africa
you are the mother of us all

CHORUS 1B

we will take hands with Africa
we will take hands with Africa
we will take hands with Africa
you are the mother of us all
you are the mother of us all

VERSE 2A

in this place we are challenged
in this place we are being healed
in this place we will labour
we'll accomplish all the tasks ahead

VERSE 2B

she gave birth to all the peoples of the world
and her name is Africa
without her warmth and nourishment our souls will die
her time has come
her time has come
her time has come
her time has come

CHORUS 2A

we shall take care of Africa
we shall take care of Africa
we shall take care of Africa
you are the mother of us all

CHORUS 2B

we will take hands with Africa
we will take hands with Africa
we will take hands with Africa
you are the mother of us all

CHORUS 2C

we'll sing our songs for Africa
we'll sing our songs for Africa
we'll sing our songs for Africa
you are the mother of us all

CHORUS 2D

we'll sing our songs for Africa
we'll sing our songs for Africa
we'll sing our songs for Africa
you are the mother of us all

CHORUS 2E

we shall take care of Africa
we will take hands with Africa
we'll sing our songs for Africa
we give our hearts to Africa

CHORUS 2F

we give our hearts to Africa
we give our hearts to Africa
we give our hearts to Africa
you are the mother of us all
you are the mother of us all
you are the mother.. mother of us all!
her time has come
her time has come
her time has come!

2010 SOCCER WORLD CUP
THEME SONG PROPOSAL



SUPPORT MESSAGES

We totally agree with Francois' sentiments..!  We have seen how this song brings an audience to tears, toe-tapping and song.  It is a powerful expression of the realities of Africa in our times and deserves a grand audience.  Francois has been to Kansas City for numerous engagements and everytime this song is fresh, alive and deeply moving. 

We urge consideration of this song for the World Cup event! 

Robin Goff The Light Center Lawrence, Kansas

You know that your 2010 song is my all time favourite which brought tears to even my dad and other big men even with my voice!!!! It is great wherever it is heard

Erica Kempken, Jhb


Francois you are a genius! A rare beautiful gift to humanity. Thank you for the being that you are, for seeing what is possible and awakening us to this. It is never too late. It will be breathtakingly inspiring! May a pathway be opened.

Gratitude for knowing you

Ruth Andrews The Mandela Rhodes Foundation


Just finished listening to HER TIME HAS COME - it is one of the most beautiful pieces of music - comparable to Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Sibelius take your pick - or all three in one.

Mixael de Kock, Jhb


Francois,
I met you at a private performance that Thea Nigrini hosted at her art gallery about 3 years ago. I bought your two dc's that day and this very weekend that passed, I played it here in Madagascar for people. Her Time Has Come still gives me goose pumps

So, you have my support and it is a loss if you decide not to use your song!

Best regards

Christo Booysen Fort Dauphin, Madagascar


Dear Francois

Thank you so much for sending this to me. This brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart.

It has a tender lullaby quality about it that is lovely and obviously has the ability to stir the emotions of audiences worldwide.

Warm regards

Judith San Francisco


Liewe Francois

Hier sit ek nou en huil sommer s... en trane oor jou PRAGTIGE en inspirerende brief; jou aansteeklike entoesiasme en die mooiste mooiste lied ooit oor ons Moederland, Afrika!!   As hierdie brief, hierdie video  en die oproep om weer die lig te laat skyn oor ons Afrika met al haar droefte en vreug, nie harte oor kontinente roer nie, het ons voorwaar mense met flou asems en eentonige stemme geword.  Die kinders, die koortjies en kore, die gewone ou saaltjies en sale; die eenvoud en die grandiositeit  en die mooi man met sy stilte en sy tjello....... alles dit, gaan diep in 'n mens se hart sit.

DANKIE, Francois!!! Ek glo met my hele hart dat ons in 2010 hierdie lied in sokkerstadiums,  op treine, busse, karretjies, karre en straathoeke sal hoor.  Ons stuur die boodskap aan!

Loop mooi. Warme groete.

Hester en Wentzel Princeton, New Jersey


Hi

I saw you live at Kalk Bay Theatre - and was totally blown by your performance. Hearing this song again immediately gave me goosebumps. Heres truly hoping that "her time has come" gets you and the song the recognition it derserves.  Sincerely holding thumbs...

DONT GIVE UP HOPE. Regards

Sandi Meredith