South Africa is no stranger to the struggles of dealing with racism. Our country’s history is rooted in division and we’re still getting to grips with our grim past. In a bid to deal with some of our country’s racial issues, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa has released an anti-racism song. Mthethwa explains that:
Given the continuing salience of race and racism and the negative role that social media has played as an unmediated platform, in the spewing of racial bigotry, it was appropriate that the Department looked to music as a possible antidote to this racism scourge.
The new anti-racism song is entitled No Love, No Life and features musicians Mzwakhe Mbuli, Mbongeni Ngema and Miriam Makeba.
The video’s description reads:
We are faced with a demon affecting our communities, schools, work environments, political spaces and more….It keeps resurfacing tarnishing our humanity. Let’s declare war against racism.#RACISMMUSTFALL
This new anti-racism song is released during a time of tension when people like Penny Sparrow and Andre Slade have made terribly racists and irresponsible remarks about their fellow South Africans.
The global history is replete with many examples where the performing arts, particularly music, played an important role in the effort to creating socially cohesive societies.
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