Johannesburg - Maskandi artist, Zanefa Ngidi, could find himself in trouble after he was apparently taken to the Human Rights Comission over his controversial lyrics.
Zanefa's latest single has people hot under the colalr, especially since the title, Abahambe Osbari, translates to "Foreigners must go."
In the song, Zenafe says that local music is being pirated by foreigners, and that the government's silence has caused a divided nation.
And it seems the song has even divided social media:
Zanefa Ngidi's derogatory and xenophobic song should not be aired in any radio station.— Velemseni Zulu (@VelemseniZulu) September 16, 2015
Maskandi singers have been controversial as from 30 years ago, why they want to crucify Zanefa Ngidi now...— Mavela (@Smiso1) September 16, 2015
But the artist says he's only giving a voice to what the average man on the street is saying.
“People should listen to the song properly before talking or taking action. Our government went all out to stop xenophobia, but did nothing about foreign nationals copying our music and selling it at low prices,” he told the Daily Sun.
“If we stand up for ourselves we get arrested. We die poor. I’m creative in a democratic country trying by all means to shout that people, especially foreigners, must stop piracy," he adds.
He says he will not apologise for the song or its lyrics.
“I don’t back down and I know deep down that many artists, fans and people all over Mzansi will support me on this one," he told the paper.