I am loved, reckons Ras Dumisani

2010-06-29 14:35

Ras Dumisani, the reggae singer infamous for his off-key rendition

of the national anthem before a Springbok vs France rugby game last year, is

back in South Africa.

Dumisani landed in Johannesburg on Friday as he tours the country

promoting his albums and trying to find a distributor.

He said: “I feel there is something here for me in this


Dumisani, who has released a version of the South African anthem as a single

and a DVD, said the scandal around his performance last year had only

made him famous.

“In France, I’m loved so much,” Dumisani said. He said most French

people knew he was “used” in the rugby match: “They sabotaged the

anthem. They wanted to put pressure on the Springboks.”

He said the French organisers did not equip him with a monitor and

a hearing piece.

“They were not good people, they like to win.”

In South Africa, he said he had been received warmly despite the

scandal: “People support me so much. Love is everything.” He said he thought he

could get a soccer stadium filled if he was to perform.

The albums that he has bought over to promote include covers

of Bob Marley tunes. Dumisani said he would love to be on the radio in South

Africa to get in touch with the youth: “It’s all techno on the radio, it’s

computer music, there is no life.”

He said he would bring drum and bass back with reggae “and I would

know people aren’t sleeping”.

He hoped that with a distributor, he would be able to come to South

Africa more permanently.


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