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Write political songs - Malema

2010-07-07 14:03

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema on Wednesday implored aspiring music producers to write political songs that people can dance to in nightclubs and that tell the story of South Africa's painful past.

Speaking from a DJ's box on a stage at a Southern African music conference in Braamfontein, Malema said musicians had yet to write danceable songs about South Africa's history.

"Music is politics," Malema said.

"We have forgiven them for the past, but have not forgotten. We need to tell that story through music. Let's teach them about (former president Nelson Mandela's ex-wife) Winnie (Madikizela-Mandela) through music and let's do it in a fun way, in a way that we can dance to," he said.

Malema kept his audience in stitches as he acted out dialogues and scenarios of potential hazards such as drunk-driving and unprotected sex in the music industry.

"Some in the industry are misusing their celebrity status and are sleeping around, that is opening a gate straight to the grave," he said.

Malema then tackled the issue of risky, drunken, late-night sex.

"If both of you are under the influence, then using protection is very difficult. There is no logic at 03:00. You are tired and the sooner you are to deal with this thing, the sooner you can sleep," Malema said to laughter.

He urged radio stations in South Africa to play local music.

"When you go to Cuba you listen to the music of the Cubans, but when foreigners come here they listen to the music that they listen to at home. They can't feel the difference. They are in Africa. They must feel that."

Malema refused to take questions from journalists afterwards. He marched straight to his waiting Jeep and was whisked away.