The Mighty Have Fallen

(Adilikile lamadonga!!!!!!!)

 

Now that the mighty have fallen

who is going to watch over us?

Preach over us?

Take over us?

Took our land

These statues represent

those who stole from us!

They owe us

reparations

for all they have gained through us.

They remind us

of an apartheid legacy

My own story remains a mystery

A forgery

Confusery

For I have been labelled a born free

My freedom is a domfreeze

Andilazi ibali lami

Kodwa nifuna ndilazi elabo…

 

NOW THAT MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN

 

The African child is victorious

Now the apartheid government is getting nervous

They fear us

Bayasisaba

They need the baas’ permission

So there is a breakdown in communication.

The beautiful ones are born

and they need an explanation

It’s an abomination

to idolise those

who were part of your dehumanisation,

whose history are we memorising?

Commemorating…

which legacies

are our future generations celebrating?

Or does it not matter?

And why are we so self erasing?

 

NOW THAT THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN

looting? xenophobia? ask ANC

Let’s be honest with ourselves. These xenophobia attacks happening throughout our country are directly linked to the looting of the ANC.

The thing is, when African people got into power we assumed that our leaders would rectify the economic inequalities. They didn’t. They chose to replace the white faces and enrich themselves.

We are suffering from the frustration of hunger mixed with watching government flaunt their ‘struggle earned riches.’

The people are tired, bitter and hungry.

They are not turning on themselves because they hate themselves. They are turning on each other because the burden is becoming too heavy to carry.

This has not been an effective government.

South Africa is rich in land and resources however 21 years later people are still living in shacks. The government will brag about how many rdp houses they have erected. They will not mention that these rdp houses are smaller than apartheid houses and not as strongly built.

The sad part about the housing situation is that for centuries we have used rondawels. Rondawels are more sustainable, durable and certainly more attractive than these shacks and rdp houses.

The same government bragging about giving us rdp housing, they live in mansions on estates.

Since when did civil service become a ‘get rich quick’ scheme?

Civil servants should not be getting big pay cheques because then we will attract the wrong personality types into government. People will chase government positions for the money and not the service….which is what is happening now.

It seems as though ANC took over the SAME system and paycheques as the apartheid government. Just as the apartheid government was cheating us then, ANC is cheating us now. They are paying THEMSELVES huge amounts of monies to govern OUR resources.

What is blatantly clear is that, when government is faced with our public funds, their 1st priority is to get their percentages and then the rest goes to services. Owing to the fact that basic services are coming secondary, there is not as much effort and energy put into this ‘inconvenience.’

Government officials have prioritised their cars, clothes and houses over the critical issues facing this country. Issues like hunger.

Issues like low employment rate.

Issues like a collective low self esteem.

Government have taken care of themselves and their arrogant family members.

A lot of people in the new government have not earned their places there. A lot of people were not chosen by the people. Nepotism and corruption are rife in government which suggests that we have given too much power to those we have entrusted to run our country’s affairs.

That might be where the breakdown in communication is, the ANC think they own government. They have lost sight of the fact that we put them there to govern us and our resources.

We gave them the country’s account and said

‘Here, find ways in which you can make our social and economic systems work FOR us.’

But instead…..they are working against us and now these systems have us killing each other.

This government is not an effective team.

The country is burning. They are sitting in their high class houses completely removed from reality. Our government organises a peace march with VIP areas.

How are you going to be a civil servant who works with people but wants to be separated from the people because you are a ‘Very Important Person?’ *_*

Next time pls don’t waste public funds on such ‘events’ in the name of humanitarian work? The budget for your VIP expenses could have made a difference on the ground.

The government has set a bad example, one of greed, entitlement and self importance.

We as a nation need to look at ourselves and ask ourselves what kind of leaders we want to lead us.

The current government has fed itself. It is telling when politicians have big bellies and the people who work the ground are destitute. It tells us that one of us is eating, while the other is not.

Indeed this is not the time for blame games, however it is a time for our government to start taking responsibility and start behaving like leaders. The country is burning because people are hungry and there are no solutions coming from government. There are no strategies to help combat poverty and injustices. There seems to be no vision for South Africa. People are hungry. Government will probably think of food packages and grants, but they haven’t developed ‘Community Food Gardening Systems’ which are more sustainable. It is the government’s duty to put laws and systems into place to get desired outcomes.

It seems as though, they have figured out how to make tenders enrich THEM…..but they haven’t figured out how to make wealth for GREATER GOOD.

People are killing because they are hungry……not because they are barbarians.

Mr Minister and Staff (2 Questions)

Dear Minister and staff at the Department of Arts and Culture

 

It is with all due respect that I ask you………what do you actually do? What is the function of your department and what have you ACTUALLY contributed to the arts and cultural landscape in the past 20 years?

I am confused because I see you take great pride in your ‘work’ however, as an artist on the ground I fail to see your output.

 

We are currently in a vicious cycle where our artists are dying bitter and broke; while you sing “ask not what government can do for you, ask what you can do for Mzansi.”

 

Let’s get this out the way early…….the only time a government can respond in such a manner to the cries of artists, is when that government has No Clue on how that industry operates.

Let’s be honest you don’t know how to run the arts industry.

It’s been 20years and you have failed to create a sustainable creative industry. There are no laws and regulations you have implemented that have progressed nor improved the industry for artists. There are no structures and platforms for artists.

 

Not only do you not have a clue what is going on, but we artists don’t see you at our gigs… however we see you speaking at our funerals.

You are always so ready to feed your egos by moonlighting at our funerals and yet you don’t even know our stories. You have NO clue of our journey. No idea that it is YOU who is creating a system where artists are destined to suffer.

 

I’m going to explain how things work for a musician for it has become BLATANTLY apparent that you believe ‘hype’ and are not entirely in tune with the effects of capitalism on our artistry/spirituality.

 

In the creation of an album there are 4 major steps.

 

PRODUCTION

DISTRIBUTION

MARKETING

PERFORMANCES

 ALL of the above need money.

 

There are 2 types of artists in SA, signed and unsigned. South Africans are mostly familiar with artists signed under major record labels. Majority of artists in South Africa are unsigned artists.

 

Label artists are a small minority of artists who get given access to the biggest share of the market. These artists are positioned to create the illusion of “Glamour and Celebrity.”

A label artist will appear like a ‘bigger’ star than an independent artist, because more money has gone into their artistic repertoire.

Major labels have a monopoly in the music industry and as an independent artist it is extremely difficult to penetrate the market.

 

Studios cost money. Producing an album is a process which requires recording, mixing and mastering. In this country, production costs alone can be up to R100 000. *_* It is unrealistic for the government to expect us to create hats tricks with no hats. Despite this, independent artists will beg, borrow and steal studio time and manage to create an album.

 

For Label Artists non of these 4 steps really affect them………not until they get clearance (unsigned) and then they realise that we are ALL screwed.

 

The major labels have control over the distribution channels too. So basically, the only way to get your music into shops is to go via them. It is a very small industry, so if you have upset one person, then you have upset many.

After managing to create the album with no resources you find that you don’t have a way ‘into’ shops.

 

Then there is the marketing. Record labels have paid, wined and dined their way into the media. As an independent artist, you do not stand a chance. Where payola (a fee paid to have your music play on the radio) is a common way, how is the independent artist expected to keep up? Independent artists don’t have personal relationships with magazine editors so their work will never be recognised. The major labels that also bring ‘advertising revenue’ tend to have their artists prioritised.

 

The south African music awards are run by major labels. As a result, the only artists who get nominated and win tend to be label artists. In other words, the SA music awards are just a platform for labels to pat themselves on the back….nothing to do with art.

 

Independent artists do not have access to big marketing budgets. We cannot afford expensive music videos so our ‘quality’ is never good enough for tv. The media is owned by white capital therefore we are not a priority.

We exist, we are here, we are talented and we give to Mzansi but without financial backing from the department we will continue be unsung and dying broke.

 

When it comes to performances…well…we all know about that SA tendency to book international acts at ridiculous prices while you wont pay R100 to come to our shows. In fact, isn’t that something your department should be vocal about? Is it not up to YOU to set up some rules about how business should be conducted on our home ground? Is it not up to YOU to be putting quotas on radio as to how much local content is lawful? Is it not up to you to regulate the industry?

 

My logic tells me that you should be in constant dialogue with the people you claim to represent. All you do is to invite a few artists to sell out and eat from the cookie jar with you….while others continue to suffer.

 

I humbly ask you again……what do you actually do?

I see so many artists bearing themselves bare, sacrificing themselves to this nation that shows no gratitude.

I see fellow artists living without security for this unsung sacrifice they make.

I see them living in poverty just to fill your spirits.

You don’t even know their stories, you don’t even know their craft……..it doesn’t matter to you.

You get a paycheque every month for the sacrifice they make while you sit in that office and facebook.

 

I have one more question…….

 

“Do you think you deserve to be there?”

 

These are just 2 questions…

 

From an artist….who has given much to my Mzansi and to a government which has never given back