‘uMalema’: Demand for maskandi album soars after verdict

2011-11-11 00:00

THE news of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s five-year suspension yesterday fuelled the demand for maskandi group Izingane Zoma’s album uMalema, which was released yesterday.

The controversial anti-Malema album and its title track Malema was distributed by the group’s record label Izingane Zoma company to radio stations yesterday.

Music stores who have not received stock yet say that customers have come into their outlets nationwide asking for the album.

“Demand for the product has gone through the roof… we should receive the stock within the week of release,” said Jet Music’s product manager Shiraaz Moola. The same goes for Dakota music, which is hoping to have the album in its stores by the end of next week.

The group’s producer, Busani Khuzwayo, said it is a coincidence that the song was released on the same day as the announcement of Malema’s disciplinary hearing verdict.

“… We have submitted the album to radio stations and it is up to them now whether they play it or not,” said Khuzwayo.

Listeners who were on the lookout for the song on their favourite radio stations yesterday were left disappointed when it was not broadcast.

When asked if the song will be aired on SABC’s radio stations, the public broadcaster’s spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, would not divulge any information.

“… There are policies to be followed when it comes to stations’ playlists. If a song does not play on a certain station it does not mean that they have an issue with it; it just means that it does not fit with the station’s policy,” said Kganyago.

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