‘Mercedes’ song slammed for ‘celebrating drugs’

2016-11-02 06:03
Babes Wodumo’s song ‘Mercedes’ believed to be about a street drug know as “Mercedes”, has been scrutinised for airplay on local radio stations.                     PHOTO: file

Babes Wodumo’s song ‘Mercedes’ believed to be about a street drug know as “Mercedes”, has been scrutinised for airplay on local radio stations. PHOTO: file

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KWAITO song Mercedes by local artist Babes­ Wodumo, believed to be about a street drug know as “Mercedes”, has come under fire for allegedly celebrating drug abuse.

Although Wodumo denied this, saying the song is about her favourite car, Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi has rejected airplay of the song on radio stations.

Thusi said: “We live in difficult times where our children are heavily involved in substance abuse and we cannot afford to have songs that can be mistaken as promoting drug abuse. Just this year two children lost their lives to drugs following a house party in KwaMashu.”

The MEC has called on artists to spread positive messages through their craft.

“Artists like Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Sipho Gumede, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and many others, used their music to tell the world of the injustices of apartheid … the late Brenda Fassie, Chicco Twala, Phuzekhemisi and many others also used their music to raise our consciousness about social injustices.

“Artists have a huge role to play in building our communities and ensuring social cohesion.

“Radio stations also need to assist in ensuring that songs that are not contributing positively towards nation building are not given airtime,” Thusi said.

- Entertainment Reporter.

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