Man is born free but he is everywhere in chains
– Jean-Jacques Rosseau.
Man was fashioned in His likeliness, but soon dwelled to the outer
regions of loneliness. It is time to break the chains and travel back to
the source. The route is known to the heart, but what about your mind?
Rebel Song is a bequest to a nameless reader.
What does it mean to become the god of our own destiny? Isn’t it
true that to become [G]od(s) would require us to accept crime? Albert
Camus once remarked: “On the day when crime puts on the apparel of
innocence, through a curious reversal peculiar to our age, it is innocence
that is called upon to justify itself.” Yet, it seems as though changing
times and their dark agents persistently prompt us, the collective, to say:
“Come down from the cross, and we shall believe in you.”
There’s presently an invitation to take stock of the direction we, worldly
citizens, have chosen to take. The investigation suggests that the status
quo should not be measured lightly but with scales in hand. Rebel Song
reiterates the invitation. To muster hope against the backdrop of a
seemingly senseless plight of liberating the us, and enjoining the us and
them with the kind of goodness that can only be set in motion through
a heart-centred and centering journey.
Rebel Song is a conceptual diptych consisting of this bundle as well as
the author’s English translation of André Brink’s timeless novel Lobola
for Life. It echoes past literary voices and applies them to our postpandemic reality.
Are you liberated enough to be free?
Bester Meyer was born in Alberton, Gauteng. He studied law at the University of Johannesburg
and completes his B. Com (LLB) in 2001. Meyer is a part time musician and songwriter and
released an EP with musician Albert Frost: Ontmoet jou onder ŉ Harvest Moon (2010). His
debut poetry bundle Die Testament (which is the Afrikaans counterpart of Rebel Song) was
released by Naledi in 2020. It was published with musical settings of the work of Breyten
Breytenbach, Ingrid Jonker and Gisela Ullyatt entitled: Musiek vir jou ure. In 2021, Naledi
published Meyer’s translations of the work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish entitled:
Die Vlug van ŉ Vreemdeling. Rebel Song is to be released with Meyer’s English translation
of the 1962 novel of André Brink: Lobola for Life, Die Testament, Rebel Song, Lobola for Life
and Musiek vir jou Ure forms part of a greater artwork, which can be dubbed: The Will and
Testament of a Nameless Citizen.
213 mm x 137 mm