Singing for Dlamini-Zuma

2015-12-01 11:16
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

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Pietermaritzburg - Though the ANC can deal with any member who stirs the 2017 succession debate and effectively shut them up, they have no say over the lyrics of popular songs that enter the fray.

Popular maskandi group Izingane Zoma, credited as the pioneers of a movement to create songs that name a preferred candidate ahead of an election in the party, has released a song titled Dlamini-Zuma.

The 21st Izingane Zoma album, which was released two weeks ago, calls for African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be elected as the ANC’s first female president.

Dlamini-Zuma is expected to face off against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the race for the top post.

In the run-up to the 2007 Polokwane conference many musicians composed songs that supported the election of President Jacob Zuma as the ANC president.

Spokesperson for the group Thulani Ngcobo said they were aware of the fact that ANC had put brakes on the succession debate, but compared musicians to poets. “You cannot dictate to poets what to write or say and at what time. We compose our songs based on what we feel at that particular time.

“We also compose our songs based on topical issues that we hear people talk about when we go out to perform,” he said.

Ngcobo said he was aware of the fact that some people in the ANC might not like their song. He said a previous song they released in 2006 called UMsholozi — named after Zuma’s clan name and which called for the election of Zuma as ANC president and called for the charges against him be dropped — was met with anger from some people in the ANC.

ANC national spokesperson Keith Khoza said musicians must “allow ANC branches to be at the forefront of the succession debate when it has been opened”. “Anybody who composes such songs, undermines the importance of the ANC branches. Of course, it is difficult to regulate the musicians because they are outside of the ANC structures and there are no clear guidelines regulating that,” said Khoza.

Izingane Zoma are not new to the ANC succession debate. Before the 2012 Mangaung conference the group released an album titled JZ second term dark or blue. The group also released a song in 2011 titled UMalema where the group called for the expulsion of the then ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, who was subsequently shown the door in the same year.

The group frequently perform at the annual ingoma hosted by Zuma in December or early January.

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