Another Afrikaans music festival shuns Hofmeyr

2015-02-01 14:24
(File: Sapa)

(File: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mbombela - The Innibos National Arts Festival has announced that the controversial Afrikaans music legend, Steve Hofmeyr, regarded by many as the main attraction of the festival, has not been invited to this year’s event.

The decision was made on 28 January following a string of controversial political viewpoints expressed by Hofmeyr on social media over the past few months.

This will be the first time in five years that the musician, who believes Afrikaners are being prescribed to when it comes to their culture, will not perform at Innibos in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. Last year he sang the old South African anthem, Die Stem.

“The debacle surrounding his politically sensitive comments on social media influenced the decision of the managing committee and board to not invite Steve to perform at Innibos 2015. We must make clear that we have nothing against him as an artist,” Innibos media liaison Sandra Jacobs said in a press statement.

Jacobs said that Hofmeyr’s comments on social media had alienated Afrikaans culture from South Africa’s other cultural groups.

“We cannot allow any artist to misuse our platforms and stages and conflict with the vision and mission of Innibos. The festival is intended for cultural entertainment and not politicking,” Jacobs explained.

The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival has also decided not to invite Hofmeyr to the 2015 event. 

A Facebook page protesting the decision has attracted 800 likes, while a similar page has been created to protest the Innibos announcement.

Jacobs said that there was a possibility that the festival, which attracts approximately 100 000 visitors per year, will be negatively affected by Hofmeyr’s absence.

“Our visitor numbers might be affected. But it depends on how much you believe social media is a barometer of public opinion. We believe that our festival goers will remember the joyful experience of the past eleven years' celebrations and will continue to support Innibos,” Jacobs said.

On hearing the news, Hofmeyr fan and White River resident Yolandi Krause said she would not attend this year’s festival.

“I am not impressed. Steve is one of the main attractions; he’s the king of Afrikaans music. I think not having him there will have a huge negative impact on this year’s event. I don’t care about what happens in his personal life. Everyone has personal issues and it shouldn’t be connected to his music,” said Krause.

Read more on:    steve hofmeyr  |  pretoria

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.