Muso champions artists’ cause ahead of Mangaung

2012-12-15 14:57

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A musician has sounded a clarion call to the ANC to look into finding ways of curbing widespread piracy in our society at its elective conference in Manguang.

Zakhele Madida, who goes by the stage name Zakes Bantwini, wrote an open letter to the ruling party in which he expressed his desire for the welfare of musicians and artists to feature more prominently in the policies that will be discussed at the conference.

“Piracy is open anarchy, an open crime that takes place in all our doorsteps and silently condoned as police vans flee past that intersection with ‘the soon to be released’ material.

“I hope the decisions that will be arrived at will be a turning point within the wells of arts and culture and give all musicians a voice that has long been silenced.”

Bantwini said his heart bled from the neglect and the “ravages of what I call total exclusion and lack of cohesion” which the department of arts and culture should be counteracting.

“As musicians we also play a pivotal role in contributing to the economy and GDP of our country ... I hope that the consensus reached by our most trusted leaders will soon realize and recognise that even artists are part and parcel of the South African voter system, playing a significant role in giving power to our leaders.”

“Mangaung, I call on you to take note – that I also wish that our artists, musicians are seen as fabric that forms part of the weave that creates the foundation of arts and culture and a point of national attraction.

Mangaung, I hope you heard me – With Love, Light and Music Zakes Bantwini,” he signed off.

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