What was meant to be a special tribute to Ameer Williams’ mom in July became an instant hit for singer Loukmaan Adams on Tuesday when he posted the music video on his personal Facebook page.
The video was shared on Monday night and by Tuesday night had garnered nearly 15 000 views.
Loukmaan says he did not expect the reaction to the song, called Wonderlike Ma and which pays tribute to Ameer’s mother, Elizabeth Williams.
While Elizabeth is very much alive, other celebs who lost their moms feature on the video.
“It wasn’t really meant to be something big but I guess it’s really relevant to people because in a time like this pandemic, everybody lost someone dear to them and to honour your mother with such a beautiful song is admirable,” says Loukmaan.
“It’s a song we did three months ago for Ameer to honour his mother, we then also added some pictures of other friends, some of whom have lost their mothers.”
Ameer, who is a teacher, grew up in the Adams household in Lentegeur and even though Loukmaan and his brother Emo moved out the house, Ameer still lives there with their mom, Aunty Mareldia.
Loukmaan says: “Ameer is like one of my siblings, everyone who was in Kinders van die Ses lived with us at some point, and Ameer stayed the longest.”
Ameer says he wrote the song for his mother to honour and give thanks to her, and had Loukmaan in mind to do the soaring vocals.
The chorus of the song goes: “Vroeg in die môre dan bid jy vir my, Ek hoor my naam in jou gebed, Dat hy my sal seen en my bewaar en my lewe ook my moet spaar.”
Ameer previously wrote ‘n Lied Vir Pa, to honour his late father, and says: “Nur sang that song, and two weeks after I played the song for my dad, he died.”
Saxophonist Don Vino Prins features on Wonderlike Ma, along with influencer Ikraam van Witt who lost his mom in 2015 and author Yusuf Daniels whose mother passed away in 2020.
Loukmaans says: “I just told Ameer on Monday night that I want to share the music video on Facebook as we never shared it anywhere else yet, we were all were so busy with other things that we forgot to post the video.
“When I posted it, I had no idea it’s going to take off, over 14k views in 15 hours, wow!”
Aziz Schroeder offered the duo his Tramakasie studios in the city centre to record the song and music video.