SA musicians have applauded the decision made by the SABC to play 90% local music on its 18 radio stations. On Wednesday, the SABC’s COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng announced that the public broadcaster will play 90% of local music and only 10% international music starting from Thursday, 12 May 2016.
Legendary musician Don Laka was the one who pushed for the change and seeing it comes to life left the Jazz singer emotional.
“Thanks to everyone who supported this,i am very emotional at this stage,and thanks, Bra Kaizer and Hlaudi a bold leader who listened to my emotional plea to save our arts, and this man shares the same vision as me. The People Of SA,THIS IS A CHANCE TO PRIDE YOURSELVES WITH YOUR OWN CULTURE.!!!!!” He wrote on Facebook.
SA artist have taken to social media to celebrate this victory:
THIS IS THE GREATEST VICTORY IN THE HISTORY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC INDUSTRY. 🇿🇦— AKA (@akaworldwide) May 11, 2016
The fans also voiced in their opinions on the new music quota some praising the change and some feeling that 90% is a bit too much.
I get that #LocalMusic is lekker but 90% lekker- I think not. Are we embracing our local talent or exploiting the lack thereof?— Sarah Cohen (@cohensarah) May 12, 2016
Story By: Thulile Gama