Juju and DJs ‘own the mines’ song

2011-03-05 18:59

A “chill session” with Julius Malema and a popular DJ has resulted in a song calling on the South African public to support the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president’s controversial stance on nationalisation.

The recently released Oskido’s Church Grooves’ 10th Commandment features the impassioned song, Nationalisation, with the searing voice of Winnie Khumalo, an ANC rally favourite.

According to Oscar ­Mdlongwa, popularly known as DJ Oskido, the track is “an open letter to the president (Jacob Zuma) to say let’s talk about it (nationalisation)”.

Mdlongwa says the idea came during a “chill session” with Malema in the studio.

“We were chilling, listening to the music, as we have always done with Fikile Mbalula, the late Peter Mokaba and Malusi
Gigaba and the idea came up. I said let’s rock it because this is an important subject that needs to be discussed,” enthuses the Kalawa Jazmee boss, who is also an in-demand producer.

Mdlongwa sees this as his way of helping create awareness on the issue.

“Once people have listened to the track they will see where Malema and the league are coming from,” he adds.

“These guys (ANCYL) are saying send us and we can do it, and that’s what the song is asking for. It’s the truth that
mines and the country’s wealth must benefit the people of the country and those who work them, as prescribed in the Freedom Charter. It’s a powerful message.”

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu says musicians have always been part of the political discourse.

“We think its a good thing that Oskido has joined us in spreading the word on nationalisation,” he says. “The majority of the people know about it and agree with it. This is like icing on the cake in reaching even more of the masses.”

The talented Winnie Khumalo, whose song, I Just Wanna Live My Life, was the anthem of ANC rallies during the 2009 election campaign, sends the message loud and clear in her compelling voice, repeatedly singing: “Siyacela, Baba Zuma. Siyacela inationalisation” (we are asking, Mr Zuma. We are asking for nationalisation).

Another line in the song adds: “Siyavuma lomsebenzi, uMalema uyavuma lomsebenzi” (we agree to do this work, Malema accepts this work).

Mdlongwa says the song supports the Freedom Charter edict that: “The national wealth of our country, the heritage of all South Africans, shall be restored to the people. The mineral wealth beneath the soil, the banks and monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole.”

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