Malema jibe: Album’s sales soaring

2011-11-26 00:00

THE controversial Maskandi group Izingane Zoma’s anti-Malema album is flying off music store shelves. It has sold more than 38 000 copies in the first week of its release.

uMalema has become a contentious album. The ANC Youth league called for its banning before it was even released. Soon after it went on air it landed uKhozi FM’s traditional music presenters Khathide “Tshatha” Ngobe and Ngizwe Mchunu in hot water with the SABC. They played the song on their show uTalagu when it was not on the playlist.

The two were suspended for four weeks, which the Freedom of Expression Institute viewed as “the worst form of self-censorship and a direct infringement on the right to artistic freedom”.

Izingane Zoma Records business affairs manager Melvın Khumalo said he is excited about the sales figures as the album is approaching platinum status.

“We are in the process of planning a big album launch in Johannesburg followed by Durban in December.”

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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