It’s all we need

Purpose of the song: 

The members of this support group know what it’s like to be HIV positive, to be ill and to see people all around dying through lack of treatment. This song is a reminder of what they’ve been through. It’s a way of recognising the importance of a proper supply of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and the efficacy of this therapy against HIV. The song also urges people to be positive and to use condoms.

Lyrics: 

Estelle:
And all we want is
Life without constraints and
Complete lots of freedom
Live like we would have made it
Yes, all we want is…
Purely how we came here
It’s all we sing for
It’s all we need


Siyabonga:
Abanye! / Some people!
Sebafa, abanye bagula baphosukufa / Have died, others have got so ill they nearly died

Amanye amadoda! / Some men!
Sebafa, abanye bagula baphosukufa / Have died, others have got so ill they nearly died

Abanye abantwana! / Some children!
Sebafa, abanye bagula baphosukufa / Have died, others have got so ill they nearly died

Amanye amajaha! / Some boys!
Se afa, amanye bagula aphosukufa / Have died, others have got so ill they nearly died

Amanye amankazana / Some girls!
Se afa, amanye agula aphosukufa  / Have died, others have got so ill they nearly died

Abanye! / Some people!
Sebafa, abanye bagula baphosukufa / Have died, others have got so ill they nearly died

Amanye amadoda! / Some men!
Sebafa, abanye bagula baphosukufa / Have died, others have got so ill they nearly died

Omunye ujaha! / A young man!
Sewafa, omunye wagula baphosukufa / Has died, others have got so ill they nearly died

AIDS / AIDS
Likhona, igcikwane, sihamba Lalo / Is out there, we live with it

ARV / ARVs
Likhona, ARV liyaphilisa / ARVs keep you alive


Estelle + Siyabonga:
This is for life
We sing with
This is for life
We sing with
This is for love
This is for joy
We sing with
We sing with joy
And we sing with love
And we’re here because
‘Cause we love life
And we live with joy
And we live with love
Then with our all


Estelle:
And all we want is
Life without constraints and
Complete lots of freedom
Live like we would have made it
Yes, all we want is…
Purely how we came here
It’s all we sing for
It’s all we need


Siyabonga:
Ngenxa yegcikwane / Because the virus
Likhona, igcikwane, sihamba Lalo / Is out there, we live with it

Omunye ujaha! / A young man!
Sewafa, omunye wagula baphosukufa / Has died, others have got so ill they nearly died

 

Credits: 

Zimbabwean choir: Siyabonga
Vocals: Estelle
Backing vocals: Manuela Sánchez Michel
Drums: Tino di Geraldo
Acoustic guitar: Javier Limón
Electric guitar: Michael Ciro
Keyboards: Chris Hierro
Bass: Steve Styles

Recording: Javier Limón, New York
Zimbabwean choir recording: Salomé Limón and Javier Limón at the Casa Limón mobile unit, Zimbabwe
Mixing: Caco Refojo

Lyrics: Alejandro Sanz, Javier Limón and Siyabonga
Music: Alejandro Sanz, Antonio Carmona, Javier Limón and Siyabonga