Malema to musicians: Write political songs

2010-07-07 12:41

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema today 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 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.

Malema said: “Music is politics. 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.”

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.

He said: “Some in the industry are misusing their celebrity status

and are sleeping around, that is opening a gate straight to the grave.”

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 3am. You are tired and the sooner you are to

deal with this thing, the sooner you can sleep.”

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

saying: “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.

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