Artists expected to be responsible in terms of song choice - Aardklop

2015-10-15 21:02
(Ockert de Villiers, News24)

(Ockert de Villiers, News24)

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Cape Town - While the Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival did not prescribe what an artist may sing, it did not approve singing of Die Stem as a protest song, the organisers said on Thursday.

This came after Steve Hofmeyr sang a version of the old national anthem as part of a medley during an official event on Friday at the North West University. The festival took place from October 6 to 10 in Potchefstroom.

Aardklop marketing manager Chrizanda Botha said while no complaints were received form festival goers, Aardklop did not approve singing Die Stem apart from when it was sung as part of the national anthem.

"We are not being prescriptable in their contracts in terms of what they may and may not sing; they determine their own line-ups," she said.

"Although we allow their freedom of artistic expression, we do however expect of them to be responsible in their choice of offering."

NWU on Thursday distanced itself from the performance, saying it "did not want to be associated with the use of cultural artefacts and symbols of our painful past".

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