Statement: Arts Minister meets artists about Orlando Stadium Concert

2010-03-31 12:02

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulu Xingwana, today met

artists about their concerns around the lack of South African and African

artists participating in the FIFA June 10 concert at Orlando Stadium.


Among the artists and promoters present at the meeting were Jonas

Gwangwa, Dorothy Masuku, Sibongile Khumalo, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, Sipho ‘Hotstix”

Mabuse, Sizwe Mzolo, Ringo Madlingozi, Thandiswa Mazwai, Florence Masebe,

Ihashe Elimhlophe Ngcobo, Chomee and Brian Mokoena.


The Creative Workers Union of South African (CUSA) was represented

by Don Laka and SAMPA (South African Music Promoters Association) was represented

by Oupa Salimane while the Independent Record Companies Association was

represented by Mandla Maseko.


In a frank and cordial exchange, artists voiced their concerns

that despite the FIFA World Cup being held for the first time on African soil, most

of the artists announced for the June 10 line-up at Orlando Stadium are not

South African or from the rest of the African continent.


They argued that during the FIFA World Cup the artistic programme

should reflect a holistic African experience and that the June 10 concert at

Orlando Stadium in particular should have 80% representation from South African

and African artists. 

They also

emphasized the importance of 100% local content on radio and television and the

need for more air time to be devoted to South African and African arts and



Minister Xingwana told the artists that she supported them in

their efforts to promote South African and African arts and culture during the

World Cup. Minister Xingwana informed them that she had written to the CEO of

the LOC, Dr Danny Jordaan, asking for an urgent meeting. A meeting has been

confirmed for Thursday 1 April to discuss the matter.


Minister Xingwana invited representatives of the artists to

participate in the meeting with the LOC. 


The artists agreed that Mr Don Laka (representing CUWUSA), Mr Oupa

Salimane (music promoters), Ms Dorothy Masuku and Mr Jonas Gwangwa (veterans),

Sello Maake ka Ncube (theatre), Linah Khama (indigenous music), Mandla Maseko

(independent record producers) and Arthur Mafokate should represent them at the



Minister Xingwana agreed that next week she would convene another

meeting with the artists for a report back.



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