Rosa Choir repertoire: Something Inside So Strong

by | Jul 31, 2023 | Rosa Choir, Rosa Choir repetoire

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A firm favourite and often requested by the audience, Something inside so strong is one of the most impactful songs sung by the Rosa Choir. Translated in parts to Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa, this song always draws the audiences in and brings a smile or a tear.

The Unyielding Spirit of “Something Inside So Strong”: A Timeless Anthem of Resilience

Throughout history, music has been a powerful medium for expressing emotions, beliefs, and social issues. One such song that has left an indelible mark on listeners worldwide is “Something Inside So Strong.” This anthemic ballad not only resonates with its soul-stirring melody but also carries a profound message of inner strength and determination. In this article, we explore the origins, original artist, release years, subsequent covers, producer, impact, and outstanding performances of this timeless classic.

Origins and Original Artist

“Something Inside So Strong” was written and performed by British singer-songwriter Labi Siffre. The song was released in 1987 as part of his album “Labi Siffre,” marking a pivotal moment in his career. Labi Siffre, known for his emotive vocals and thought-provoking lyrics, composed the song as a response to the Apartheid regime in South Africa, reflecting his staunch opposition to racial injustice and oppression.

Release Years

The single was first released in 1987 and became an instant success, peaking at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. Its profound message and Labi Siffre’s passionate rendition struck a chord with audiences worldwide.

Subsequent Covers

“Something Inside So Strong” quickly garnered attention from other artists who recognized its universal appeal. Over the years, several notable musicians have covered the song, each bringing their unique touch to the powerful composition. Some of the prominent cover versions include artists like Kenny Rogers, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and the South African gospel group Joyous Celebration.


The original version of “Something Inside So Strong” was produced by Richard James Burgess. His adept production skills complemented the song’s emotive lyrics and allowed Labi Siffre’s vocals to shine through, making it an unforgettable anthem.

Impact and Performances

The impact of “Something Inside So Strong” transcends its initial release, becoming an anthem for those facing adversity and fighting for justice and equality. Its powerful message of resilience and inner strength continues to inspire individuals across generations.

The song’s live performances have been nothing short of breathtaking. Labi Siffre’s rendition at the 1987 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert stands as one of the most remarkable and emotional performances in music history. It captured the essence of the anti-apartheid movement and moved the audience to tears with its poignant message.

In subsequent years, the song has been performed by artists at various charity events and protest gatherings, lending their voices to the causes that matter. Its presence in these events reaffirms its relevance and timeless appeal, making it a symbol of hope for a better world.

Something Inside So Strong” is more than just a song; it is a testament to the unyielding human spirit and the power of music to bring about change. Labi Siffre’s emotive creation has touched the hearts of millions, uniting people in their shared struggles and inspiring them to stand up against injustice. With its enduring message of resilience, the song continues to serve as a guiding light for generations to come, reminding us all that within us lies the strength to overcome any obstacle and make a difference in the world.