Simba Morri needs our help!

Update posted by Bill Botes On Jul 13, 2020

Simba has spent the last week at the Helen Joseph Hospital and is hanging in there. I say that because it’s what one has to do in a government hospital in South Africa, even when there’s no pandemic. And of course, there is. It is not a comfortable or comforting experience (there has been no water there for the last day and a half, would you believe). The specialists are often the best there are though, and Simba is maintaining his patience (no pun intended) and humour. More importantly, he is getting the care he needs. Tests have been done, with a couple more to go, but he is responding well to treatment.

Simba remains extremely grateful to all who have contributed to the Shifty Simba Fund (ongoing), to all those who have sent him love & positive vibes and to those, that I would like to mention here, who have advised him, or helped directly in finding him the care he needs:

- Guillaume Rossouw, our dedicated point man and Simba’s guardian angel, despite being the spitting image of Lucifer;

- Carina Coen, who in turn is Guillaume’s angel in more ways than one;

- Herbie Opland for moral and other support for Guillaume;

- Jeremy Crawford for picking up initial Mediclinic bill;

- Dr Ilse Breytenbach, the doctor in our camp, who has been interpreting the various blood tests as they come in, advising on what to do/expect, and maintaining our confidence in the medical profession;

- Jannie Hanepoot van Tonder, for enlisting Ilse and for being his caring, helpful self;

- Andrew Kay for raising much needed initial funds plus providing advice as a fellow sufferer of renal issues;

- Selva “Bubbles” Reddy, similarly providing info & advice as a fellow sufferer;

More news on Simba next week. We are optimistically hoping for the best.

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Update posted by Bill Botes On Jul 01, 2020

It’s been just over a week and a bit since we launched the Shifty Simba Fund to assist with the medical expenses of one of the most humble and gentle souls you’d ever wish to meet. Those who know him will know that his music reflects his state of being: positive, vibrant and joyful. It is infinitely danceable and mood enhancing.

To showcase this, we’ve spent the last couple weeks delving into the Shifty archive, pulling together a Simba live album. Tracks date from his days with the band Mapantsula in 1986, up until and including his appearance at the Shifty Music Heritage concert of 2014.

“Live - Simba Morri" will launch this Friday 3rd July on Bandcamp specifically to take advantage of their 1st Fridays “no fees” deal. It will be priced at $10, which isn’t the cheapest, but all money goes straight into the fund - no-one takes a cut. So if you desire to contribute, but haven't yet, here’s a great way to do so. A reminder that this fund will remain active post Simba’s emergency specifically for future such emergencies involving Shifty musicians.

Simba profusely thanks (we mean, like, really really profusely) all that have contributed to the fund, which sits presently at around R40000. All of you will receive a complimentary "Live - Simba Morri” upload code, plus another little something from both the Maasai maestro and ourselves as a thank you for spreading the love. Simba is currently in good spirits and is scheduled to go into hospital on Monday 6th for his kidney issues to be addressed.

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