Politics is killing my career – Benny Mayengani

2014-04-27 15:00

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The SABC has been accused of ­censorship again after it pulled a song by popular Tsonga artist Benny Mayengani from the airwaves.

Mayengani, who earlier this month claimed he’d been blocked from performing at Limpopo’s Mapungubwe Festival because he publicly supports the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), believes politics is at play again.

But the broadcaster says blasphemy is to blame for the ban.

“We pulled the song off air because it was blasphemous. It has nothing to do with the artist’s political affiliation,” said SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago.

The song Vayuda was submitted to Munghana Lonene FM and was played twice.

But then station manager James Shikwambana contacted Mayengani to tell him it would no longer be played.

“They complained about the intro of the song?...?which upset religious people,” said Mayengani.

Mayengani is accused of remixing a traditional gospel song which says that when Jesus Christ returns, sinners will be punished.

Christian listeners of the radio station have allegedly been offended by Mayengani comparing himself to Jesus in his version of the song.

He said after the song was pulled, he and his team went back into the studio and reworked the intro.

“We amended the song and removed the word, but the SABC still won’t play the song. I think it’s because of my political standing,” he said.

Mayengani has been very public about his support for the EFF, and has even performed at some of the party’s rallies. He has recorded a song for the official EFF CD.

Kganyago dismissed the claim that Mayengani had sent the station a ­reworked version of the song and said he was lying.

“I think he is being very immature. This has nothing to do with politics. All his other songs are still in circulation.

If this was a political move, all his other songs would be pulled,” said Kganyago.

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