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Remember September – A tribute song for charity

From Remember September 2011

by Rafe Lavine

Remember September


The 10th anniversary of 9/11 reprises, on a personal level, the shock and disbelief, both still so indelibly etched in the mind. My name is Rafe Lavine. I’m a radio guy. I was live, on-air, in Johannesburg, South Africa on that terrible day. By pure chance I happened to be tuned to CNN on the studio monitor when those unforgettable images flashed onto the screen. It was then up to me to translate the unfolding horror for a radio audience while words were almost impossible to find.


The world changed forever that day and it had a profound and lasting effect on me. Of course, I was not alone. A fellow South African, a musician by the name of Peter Hanmer, was equally incensed and horrified.
The global impact of 9/11 is manifest in that just two out of countless others halfway around the world also sensed the acute pain of that dreadful day. We both felt helpless as there was little we could do to help…..Until now…… We find that we are not powerless after all, that there is something we can do to extend a hand of fellowship.


Instinctively, back in 2001, Peter had felt compelled to chronicle, on the one hand, his outrage and, on the other, his heartfelt empathy. He did this in the only way he knew how. He composed an anthem that  shares not only the agony of New York City, Washington D.C and  Shanksville, Pennsylvania  but at the same time speaks volumes for American resolve and character under adversity.
The song is “REMEMBER SEPTEMBER”. It is, without exception, the most evocative musical memorial of this singular tragedy I have yet heard. Whilst it is a genuine expression of a common grief, it is also a flag of solidarity. It is, simultaneously, an uplifting tribute, a salute to the spirit and tenacity of New Yorkers and the American people, a celebration of the Phoenix that has arisen out of Ground Zero, a voice with a clear message – “Those who take us on in our own backyard, then run and hide – be sure that we WILL find you, justice WILL be done and we WILL survive.”


In order to realize this desire to pitch in and offer a helping hand from South Africa, those who do charitable work come first to mind. TUESDAY’S CHILDREN is a New York-based charity that has embarked on a long-term  program of commitment to caring for the children of 9/11 victims, the families of rescue and recovery workers and, more recently, those who have been impacted by terrorist incidents worldwide. Their essential  contribution to the needs of these innocents includes mentoring, counseling, career-planning and psychological, emotional and social development and we are honoured and privileged to be associated with them and their vital, ongoing service to the community. (For more visit
Tuesdays Children


This is where we can join hands. In order to lend support to this exemplary cause (and the furtherance of their remarkable work)  we have embedded the video (see below) of “Remember September” by Off The Edge (shot in a  live setting in September  2004) and a newly-recorded audio track to iTunes, Nokia Music Store, Napster and various other online music stores, for a download fee of  $0.99. This fee will be collected and then donated to Tuesday’s Children charity.



Just $0.99 and it is you, amongst many we hope, who can seize this rare opportunity to help rebuild the lives of those who were left behind from the smoke, the sorrow and the memory of 9/11.

Visit the Remember September 2011 website to make a donation.


Peter Hanmer and Rafe Lavine


Playlist Creator & Web Marketer. The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today. He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him. He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012. He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019. He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including which he founded in 1999.

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