Archive for November, 2019

Dance, dance my hero – RIP Sandile Dikeni

10/11/2019

Bush Radio volunteers, staff and board would like to express our condolences to the family of Sandile Dikeni who passed away today.

Besides his many roles as journalist, editor, poet and activist, Sandile was also and employee of the Cassette Education Trust (CASET) which was one of the founding organisations of Bush Radio.

When Bush Radio was formally established, Sandile became our first official employee.

We salute you Sandile, thank you for the inspiration and the words that help nourished the roots of Bush Radio.

Read more about Sandile

GUAVA JUICE

           shake shake my comrade

           shake that invention of the working class

           shake that unifying medicine before it’s too late

           shake before the time come to pass

           shake that guava juice

           throw throw qabane

           throw that liquid of capitalist invention

           throw the blood of Ntsikane

           throw before they see your intention

           throw that guava juice

           dance dance my hero

           dance around the fire of resistance

           dance at the success of your throw

           dance because the dogs are still at a distance

           dance for that guava juice

           make make my young lion

           make another guava juice

           make another one as strong as iron

           make many more until they beg for a truce

           make those many guava juices

           beg, beg you bastard

           beg that your filthy skin be spared

           beg that your blood does not flood

           beg because we have many guava juices stored

           beg those little dangerous guava juices

Ministers indifferent to the plight of the community radio sector

08/11/2019

The National Community Radio Forum issued a press statement after their meeting with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) yesterday.

The meeting was held to discuss the current crises with regards to the planned closure of certain community radio stations by the broadcasting authority.

READ NCRF STATEMENT 7 November 2019 – Ministers indifferent to the plight of the #communityradio sector

Again Bush Radio is very concerned about these developments and we believe that a closure of one station is worrying. We call upon all parties involved to look for an amicable solution for the continued survival and growth of the community radio sector.

We also encourage communities, individuals, organisations and businesses to support their community radio stations.

Related:

Community Media demands to be heard

Keep your voice alive

Don’t just like what you hear.

The end of revolutionary radio in South Africa?

What should we do with the art of monstrous men?

04/11/2019

Listen to a highly condensed version of the discussion on 23rd October at the Masambe Theatre. Recorded and edited by Nigel Vermaas and aired on Bush Radio’s Sakhisizwe arts edition.

On 23 October the South African Cultural Policy Network held a Public Forum at the Masambe Theatre, Baxter. What should we do with the art of monstrous men? There has been much international debate about the “monstrous men” in art, movies, television, and music in the age of #MeToo movement.

The South African arts industry has its own ‘monstrous men’.

Artist Zwelethu Mthethwa is serving eighteen years in jail for murdering sex worker, Nokupila Kumalo; Mbongeni Ngema faces a number of allegations of sexual harassment. And Welcome Msomi has recently been found guilty of having stolen R8m from the Living Legends fund.

Should we separate the art from the artist?

Should Sarafina and other works by Ngema – and Ngema himself –be banned from our theatres? And what about our Rolling Stones albums, Woody Allen DVDS? Etc etc.

A panel consisting of poet & cultural activist Malika Ndlovu, Stellenbosch university transformation officer Babalwa Gusha and gender activist & academic Amanda Gouws grappled with this complex topic. The forum was facilitated by another Stellenbosch University academic Ncebakazi Mnukwana. Tina Schouw also features in the audio.

Music, all of which is made by so-called monstrous men has been added, including Miles Davis, one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century and also an abuser of women.

The actual forum lasted about 90 minutes so obviously there was a lot of important stuff that is not included.

Thanks to Mike van Graan and the SA Cultural Policy Network for keeping these conversations going.

The above text is taken from Nigel’s introduction of the recording.

Catch Nigel Vermaas every week with Connected to Jazz (Tuesdays 8pm) and during Sakhisizwe’s arts edition (Fridays from 12pm) via 89.5FM or www.bushradio.co.za


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