Hofmeyr would have loved to play for Trump

2017-01-22 06:10
Steve Hofmeyr

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Though he never cracked the presidential nod, musician and white supremacist Steve Hofmeyr says he “would’ve rocked” at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony on Friday.

“If I got the chance,” Hofmeyr told City Press before a rehearsal on Friday night, “I would’ve played covers of songs like Born to Run, Shut Up Your Face – considering his attitude to Congress – and then I think one song from each of the artists that refused to play at his inauguration.

"I think it would’ve gone down really well, don’t you think?” he said, laughing.

Hofmeyr might soon meet the US’s controversial new leader if a petition and fund-raising campaign created by Afrikaner right wing group Kommando Sorg reaches its R100 000 target.

The group, which Hofmeyr says has already raised more than R20 000, reckons a meeting between him and Trump would help “grant the white people of South Africa their independence”.

In a recent interview discussing the fundraising campaign, Hofmeyr said he “may be the only artist in the galaxy willing to perform at Trump’s inauguration”.

Since the details of Trump’s inauguration emerged, big stars such as Elton John and R Kelly have publicly refused to perform at his inauguration.

“I want to get this clear, though: I’m not a Donald Trump groupie. But I am elated that he was elected,” Hofmeyr said.

“He breaks the mould. You know, I love paradigm changes and shifts, and I think that, more than anyone else, he represents this important time in history.

"I like the idea that the world is finally agreeing that he isn’t just for the ‘extreme right’, but that we are all becoming more politically cautious.

“I get blamed for being right wing, but that comes from a lot of people who are getting exposed in 2016, like the mass media.”

“Actually,” he laments, “I am often treated the same way that Donald Trump is treated.”

Hofmeyr will be watching the ceremony and keeping a close eye on Trump’s presidency, he says.

“I’m going to do what I can to try to watch the inauguration, but if I have a second, I would really like to see how he’s going to do an inauguration ceremony without entertainment, particularly as a performing artist.

“I actually can’t wait for the next few years. It started with Brexit – and I made a lot of friends with that – and now the Trump victory.”

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