A popular Mbaqanga singer and poet Mzwakhe Mbuli, has released a song to appreciate the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and its Corporation chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, for a policy to play 90% local music across its 18 radio stations.
SABC had last month, announced its decision to implement a 90% priority on local music on all of its radio stations, in a bid to prioritize more of local contents.
The broadcasting firm took this decision after an extensive engagements with music representatives, as it moves to ensure the broadcaster reflects the various styles of local music.
It’s on this note that Mzwakhe Mbuli popularly known as “The People’s Poet, Tall man, Mbulism” released a song where he praised the corporation for taking a decision that would see the growth of the South Africa’s indigenous languages.
“This is the voice of reason, the season of hope has come,” sings Mbuli.
“SABC has delivered the good news. We applaud the monumental decision, 90% of South African content. Bravo Hlaudi Motsoeneng on your progressive team, bravo. You all deserve gold medals. Dankie baie, baie dankie.”
The song contains a vote of thanks in different languages with cultural dances showcasing SA’s cultural richness.
It is also important to note that Mbuli is not alone in this praise song as numerous other South African singers approve and appreciate the corporation for the good deed.
Some of the performers who were speaking at the Africa Day concert, held in Newtown over the weekend, supported the move. The likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, Malehloka Hlalele (AKA Maleh), and The Soil are just some of the musicians who agree with SABC’s decision.
Mtukudzi says this will push artists to create music that represents Africans.
“The 90 percent [quota] is good. It is up to us to make sure that we have material that represents who we are.”
However, organizers say the decision is a brave one, but could have been planned better.