Tak­ing a moral stand

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

IWILL be throw­ing away all the mu­sic I pos­sess be­long­ing to mu­si­cian and con­victed rapist Sipho “Brickz” Ndlovu, and de­sist from lis­ten­ing to his songs on any me­dia plat­form.

This is be­cause I have taken a con­scious de­ci­sion to be an ally to all pro­gres­sive forces, led by women, which ab­hor any and all forms of abuse and op­pres­sion of women. For me to be a true ally, I have to re­pu­di­ate Ndlovu’s sick­en­ing deed of vi­o­lat­ing his wife’s 16-year-old niece; re­gard­less of how much of a sup­porter I was of his art. I have been a fan of Brickz, or MaBri­gado, since he burst onto the South African mu­sic scene with his award-win­ning and crit­i­cally ac­claimed kwaito al­bum, Face-Brick.

Sweety My Baby, Tjovitjo and An­dapende are some of the smash hits that were the sound­tracks of my late high school life. Brickz was able in this al­bum to lu­cidly cap­ture town­ship life and strug­gles with his cheeky lyrics laced on un­for­get­table beats.

But the loathing I have for men’s vi­o­la­tion of in­no­cence can­not and will not al­low me to rec­on­cile what I once thought was an amaz­ing mu­si­cian with his an­i­mal­is­tic con­duct. A con­ver­sa­tion I had with my fe­male col­leagues in The Star’s news­room made me re­alise that we as men give artists like R Kelly, Smiso “Ok­malumkoolkat” Zwane and Brickz power to con­tinue with their de­spi­ca­ble vi­o­la­tions of women by con­sum­ing their mu­sic.

Well, no more. At least from me.

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