Singing for Dlamini-Zuma

2015-12-01 11:16
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

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

Pietermaritzburg - Though the ANC can deal with any member who stirs the 2017 succession debate and effectively shut them up, they have no say over the lyrics of popular songs that enter the fray.

Popular maskandi group Izingane Zoma, credited as the pioneers of a movement to create songs that name a preferred candidate ahead of an election in the party, has released a song titled Dlamini-Zuma.

The 21st Izingane Zoma album, which was released two weeks ago, calls for African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be elected as the ANC’s first female president.

Dlamini-Zuma is expected to face off against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the race for the top post.

In the run-up to the 2007 Polokwane conference many musicians composed songs that supported the election of President Jacob Zuma as the ANC president.

Spokesperson for the group Thulani Ngcobo said they were aware of the fact that ANC had put brakes on the succession debate, but compared musicians to poets. “You cannot dictate to poets what to write or say and at what time. We compose our songs based on what we feel at that particular time.

“We also compose our songs based on topical issues that we hear people talk about when we go out to perform,” he said.

Ngcobo said he was aware of the fact that some people in the ANC might not like their song. He said a previous song they released in 2006 called UMsholozi — named after Zuma’s clan name and which called for the election of Zuma as ANC president and called for the charges against him be dropped — was met with anger from some people in the ANC.

ANC national spokesperson Keith Khoza said musicians must “allow ANC branches to be at the forefront of the succession debate when it has been opened”. “Anybody who composes such songs, undermines the importance of the ANC branches. Of course, it is difficult to regulate the musicians because they are outside of the ANC structures and there are no clear guidelines regulating that,” said Khoza.

Izingane Zoma are not new to the ANC succession debate. Before the 2012 Mangaung conference the group released an album titled JZ second term dark or blue. The group also released a song in 2011 titled UMalema where the group called for the expulsion of the then ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, who was subsequently shown the door in the same year.

The group frequently perform at the annual ingoma hosted by Zuma in December or early January.

Read more on:    anc  |  nkosazana dlamini-zuma  |  pietermaritzburg

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.

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.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
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.