Qhubeka releases official song, Qhubeka KubaKuba

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UK’s Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data wins the opening stage, a 189 km Emirates Motor Company stage from Madinat Zayed-Baynounah Educational Comples to Madinat Zayed, a stage that run entirely in the deseert.
On Thursday, February 122, 2017, in Madinat Zayed, UAE.

Qhubeka releases official song, Qhubeka KubaKuba, by Mark Cheyne and Monde Msutwana at the Tour de France

South Africa, 30 June 2017 – Combining the emotive power of sport and music, Qhubeka is thrilled to have released Qhubeka KubaKuba, Qhubeka’s new official song, during the team presentation of Team Dimension Data at the Tour de France held on the evening of Thursday 29 June in front of the world’s media in Düsseldorf.

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The KubaKuba album cover

Qhubeka KubaKuba is now available to download and stream:

The song was created by South African musicians Mark Cheyne and Monde Msutwana. ‘KubaKuba’ is a simplification of ‘Qhuba Qhuba’, meaning ‘pedal pedal’. It’s derived from Qhubeka’s name, an Nguni word that means “to progress” or “to move forward”. It was chosen because of Qhubeka’s belief that bicycles help people move forward – with a bicycle, a person can travel faster and further, and carry more.

“You can’t be involved in cycling and not know about Team Dimension Data and Qhubeka. I had dreamed of writing a song that Qhubeka would love,” says Mark Cheyne, music composer, producer and a keen cyclist.

Mark Cheyne
Mark Cheyne

Mark Cheyne paired up with friend and singer/songwriter Monde Msutwana, who is currently voice coaching for The Voice SA, and the duo has produced a song that is Pan-African and very catchy. Qhubeka KubaKuba can be purchased on the iTunes Store and is also available as a ringtone, with a portion of the proceeds going towards funding bicycles for Qhubeka’s learn-to-earn and work-to-earn programmes.

“We were thrilled to hear that our song would be played on the global stage at the Tour de France,” says Cheyne. “We hope it will bring more awareness to what Qhubeka and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is doing to change people’s lives using bicycles.”

Monde Msutwana
Monde Msutwana

“It was good fun making this track, and it’s special to make music that is part of a bigger purpose,” says Msutwana. “We believe pairing our passion for music and for Africa with Qhubeka’s vision of changing lives with bicycles is a winning combination.”

Team Principal at Team Dimension Data, Doug Ryder, says sports and music have a shared ability to move, inspire and unite people. “Our team is proud to support Qhubeka, and it was an honour to let cycling fans around the world hear Qhubeka KubaKuba for the first time during our team presentation at the team presentation at Tour de France 2017.”

Riders at Team Dimension Data have had the opportunity to visit Qhubeka’s programmes to see the difference bicycles can make.

Daniel Teklehaimanot, Team Dimension Data cycling champion from Eritrea, says, “This is a really nice song. It makes you smile when you listen to it and it is special that this song is about our team and Qhubeka. I am sure it will give the guys good motivation at the Tour but we will listen to it at all our races because everyday we ride for Qhubeka.”

Team Dimension Data cycling champion Daniel Teklehaimanot proudly doing the Qhubeka 5-finger salute on the podium
Team Dimension Data cycling champion Daniel Teklehaimanot proudly doing the Qhubeka 5-finger salute on the podium

Qhubeka KubaKuba lyrics:
Qhubeka, Qhubeka, Qhubeka
Qhubeka, carry on, progress, Qhubeka
Qhubeka, moving forward, Qhubeka, Qhubeka
Kubakuba, kubakuba!
Qhubeka! Noma kunga mnyama (Though it may be dark)
Qhubeka! Ungaphel’ amandla (Don’t lose power/strength)
Qhubeka! Noma kunga nzima (Though it may be hard)
Qhubeka!
Qhubeka! Ungaphel’ amandla (Don’t lose power/strength)
Qhubeka! Noma kunga nyuka (Though it may be steep)
Qhubeka! Noma kunga mnyama (Though it may be dark)
Qhubeka!
Changing lives – Qhubeka
Never look back, don’t slow down – Qhubeka
Changing lives – Qhubeka
Moving forward, carrying on, never look back – Qhubeka!

Qhubeka Recipient on his way to school
Qhubeka Recipient on his way to school

Composed by Mark Cheyne & Monde Msutwana
Featuring Monde Msutwana
Produced by Mark Cheyne

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