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S.Africa’s COVID-19 song ‘Undefeated’ goes viral with Eurovision 2020

'Undefeated', a song written in solidarity of COVID-19 by South African singer and guitarist Kenton Lee goes viral across the world during Eurovision's online version, Eurostream 2020.

Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s biggest live music event, and was planned to take place from May 12 to 16 May, 2020 before COVID-19 put a stop to it, resulting in the competition cancelled for the first time in its 64-year history.

The 2020 edition was scheduled to take place at the Dutch city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, following its victory at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the song ‘Arcade’ performed by Duncan Laurence. 

Early this month AfriMusic announced that Lee would be performing his song ‘Undefeated’ during the Eurostream 2020 Semi-finals 2 on May 7, created due to the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. 

The rendition saw multitudes of fans tune in from across the globe, to see the international debut permance of ‘Undefeated’s, which Lee wrote to inspire South Africa’s fighting spirit and resilience.

 The song carries an encouraging message of hope during a time of fear and uncertainty brought by coronavirus. 

How S.Africa’s COVID-19 song went viral with Eurovision 

Lee was one of the top 30 finalists in the 2020 AfriMusic Song Contest. Although he did not take the winning title, organisers acknowledged and praised his songwriting skills and musical talent.

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?EURO STREAM 2020 – SEMI FINAL 2 – INTERNATIONAL DEBUTE FOR the song UNDEFEATED? In 2020, AfriMusic saw 30 very talented artists from across Africa compete in the finals, and amongst them a very talented South African singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Kenton Lee who competed with his song Echo. When the pandemic hit South Africa and the country went into lockdown, Kenton at the back of a friends request, wrote a song titled Undefeated, which carries a global message of hope and being undefeated, during a time of fear and uncertainty around the world. As AfriMusic’s brand is about creating international opportunities for artists beyond the contest, the organisers entered into negotiations with Eurostream 2020 and secured an opportunity for Undefeated to be broadcast during their live stream. The song Undefeated, will have its first international debut, during the second semi-finals of Eurostream 2020, on Thursday the 7th of May from 21:00 CET. Undefeated is so beautifully written and produced as well as relatable to the global pandemic, that AfriMusic wanted to share Kentons original song with the world, in order to bring people and communities together, with a universal message of hope. Undefeated was Mastered by Robin Kohl at the well respected Jazzworx Studios and Produced by Mervin Pillay at Jade Elephant. Well done @kentonleesa for writing and creating such a beautiful song in solidarity of the Covid-19 Pandemic. # jazzworx #kentonlee #undefeated #afrimusic #southafrica #EuroVision #Eurovision2020 #africa #music #songwriter #artist #performer #performers #singer #composer #performerslife #music #musicvideo #eurovisionsongcontest #africanmusic #africanmusicians

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When Lee released ‘Undefeated’ during the AfriMusic Song Contest, organisers were adamant it will touch a raw nerve and deliver the much needed message of encouragement and healing during the COVID-19 global crisis.

AfriMusic immediately reached out to Eurostream 2020 to secure a performance slot for ‘Undefeated’, mixed and mastered by Robin Kohl from Jazzworx Studios and produced by Mervin Pillay of Jade Elephant.

Watched acrossed Europe, the US, Australia, Asia and Africa, the music video features messages of love and hope sent by children from different parts of the globe.

For the KwaZulu-Natal born musician, showcasing the song on a digital platform with such an incredible reach, was not only a proud moment for him to cherish, but for AfriMusic and South Africa as a whole.

“We dedicated this message to all of our leaders, heroes in the font-line, our neighbours, our children, parents, teachers, families, friends, to those we have lost, and to those who are still with us,” said Lee, adding:  “We see you, we hear you and we love you. A massive thank you to all the children and their parents from around the world who graciously devoted their time and positive energy into this, we send love and light and gratitude to you all.” 

To watch ‘Undefeated’, visit AfriMusic Song Contest’s YouTube channel @AfriMusic Song,

and the facebook page of ‘Undefeated A 

Song for South Africa’.

You can also find the AfriMusic Song Contest on:



Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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