Musicians say ‘Africa belongs to all of us’

2015-04-17 17:42

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South Africa’s leading artists are sending a strong message against xenophobia the best way they can. Some have already released songs against the scourge while others are putting the final touches to their musical offerings.

The move comes after Kelly Khumalo, Biz Nuz and Cassper Nyovest had their international tours affected by calls for a South African boycott.

KwaZulu-Natal-based group Biz Nuz were set to perform in Zimbabwe today but had to put their trip on ice after demands for the boycott reached fever pitch.

Cassper Nyovest, however, was set to go ahead with his performance. Khumalo’s United Kingdom tour was called off by events company Elite Promotions.

At the launch of Nando’s concept store last night, celebrities made it clear that xenophobia would not be tolerated in South Africa.

Judith Sephuma, who already has an anti-xenophobia song in her latest offering One Word, said: “As one of the most appreciated and respected artists, and a daughter of the soil, I plead with anyone aiding in these attacks to stop it.

“Mbote is a song of unity and a call for Africa to unite and embrace each other as brothers and sisters. Africa is a home for all of us living on the continent.”

Her sentiments were echoed by actress and singer Rami Chuene who said: “The bloodshed must stop. Let love reign because we are of the same creator and the blood that runs through our veins is the same.”

For leading a capella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Africa is for all those who live in it.”

Social activist Lupi Ngcayisa said “as a country coming of age, nature demands of us to display absolute maturity in all that we do and say. Hatred towards our brothers and sisters is not only nonsensical but stupid…”

The likes of Skwatta Kamp members Slikour, Bozza, and Cashtime Life led by K.O of Teargas and others are said to be putting final touches an anti-xenophobia track.

Bozza told City Press that the details of the hip hop collaboration will soon be made public.

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