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S3E04 - Immigrant Songs

S3E04 - Immigrant Songs

Playing tracks by

Jimmy Dludlu, Johnny Clegg, eVoid, Ancestors, Tony Cox and more.

At Tune Me What? we wanted to add our voices to the protests against xenophobia and racism with a special programme devoted to playing those South African artists who are themselves immigrants and whose music now forms part of the rich tapestry of South African culture!

This week’s nasty racist attacks on immigrants in South Africa – the so-called “xenophobic violence” resulted in chilling echoes of the Cultural Boycott of the 1970s and 80s. Radio stations in Zambia stopped playing South African music and artists had their international tours called off. As understandable as it is that people in other countries want to send a message to South Africans, it is grossly unfair that blameless artists are, once again, punished.

We think that it is fair to say that most South Africans deplore the attacks on refugees and immigrants from other countries in Africa who look to South and the outpouring of protest is heartening.