Ladysmith Black Mambazo spark outcry

2010-12-19 07:15

Johannesburg - Grammy award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has sparked a furious outcry among pro-Palestinian activists, the ANC and Cosatu, the Sunday Times reported.

The world renowned group has been invited to perform at a world music show in June at the Opera House in Tel Aviv, as well as in Jerusalem.

Omar Barghouti, of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, said if the group were to honour the invitation it would be "complicit" in covering up Israel's occupation of Palestinian land.

The ANC's head of international relations, Ribbon Mosholi, who led a delegation to Palestine last week said: "We want people like Black Mambazo to understand that, just like under apartheid, we discourage artists from coming here.

"We still do the same concerning the struggle of the Palestinian people."

The group's founding member, Alfred Mazibuko, told the Sunday Times that the band was determined to perform despite intense criticism.

"We will go and perform there if we get confirmation," he said.

  • Wally - 2012-05-20 00:01

    You go, LBM. Stand up for what you believe in and not what you are told to believe. That is your right. I salute you. Personally, the so-called occupied land NEVER belonged to Palestine. Palestine was never a country. The JEWS have been persecuted and estranged from their land for ages immemorial; scattered all over the earth; massacred. Israel is not taking land from anyone, in fact they have given away some of their God0given land already. They are fighting for survival and to have practical defencible borders from outright terrorists, attacks and insurgents. Let the truth be told. God Bless.

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-05-20 02:02

    "....the struggle of the Palestinian people." Struggle? STRUGGLE? What struggle?! That land belongs to ISRAEL. Deal with it. And LBM - I applaud you. Unlike that rest of black South Africa (and the Palestinians), you stand for TRUTH.

      Moeketsi - 2012-05-20 16:26

      what do you mean by black south africa?, mr corona sherona, oh i get it,a white righteuos angel.

      jomardl - 2012-05-20 23:42

      What a thoughtless thing to say: "Unlike that rest of black South Africa". Have you asked the rest of black South Africa? You are saying black people in SA do not stand for truth. SO all black people (except Lady Smith Black Mambaza) are liars? I wonder why they think we are racists?

  • sean.ward2 - 2012-05-20 06:34

    Er excuse my geographical ignorance, but wher is or was Palestine. I can not seem to find it in any atlas pre 1948 or after 1967.

  • Erena - 2012-05-20 11:59

    They are becoming the old NP government, bann this, stop this ..... art gallery take this painting off, etc etc. Watch out

  • jomardl - 2012-05-20 23:24

    I think that the Israeli military occupation and general conduct towards the Palestinians is morally reprehensible but leave LBM alone and out of politics. @SA government - there are plenty of injustices all over Africa about which you remain eerily silent. Why is this?

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