SHUT UP JUJU – ARTHUR
Kwaito legend tells Malema to EFF
KWAITO legend and 999 Music boss Arthur Mafokate has hit back at EFF leader Julius Malema, saying he must “shut up”. He was responding to an attack by Malema on him and singer Kelly Khumalo, in which they were called “useless” and “expired ” artists the ANC was wasting money on. “Malema must just shut up and concentrate on the elections,” Mafokate said. “Name-calling is for intellectually challenged people. What does he know about music and trending songs?” Malema did the “name-calling” during his election campaign in Tshwane on Thursday. Times LIVE quoted him as saying: “The ANC spends thousands of rands on useless‚ expired artists such as Arthur Mafokate to perform songs that aren’t even trending in this day and age, but he gets R10 000 for expired songs.”
Taking a dig at Khumalo, he reportedly questioned her claim to fame.
“As I speak‚ I’m trying to think what is Kelly Khumalo’s hit, what is she known for?” Malema asked.
“But she is pocketing between R10 000 and R15 000 for every appearance she makes at an ANC event. ”
Mafokate said Malema should keep up with music industry knowledge and trends.
“Last year, Kelly and I had a hit song called Nguye Lo, which trended until this year,” he said.
“999 Music won three Metro FM Awards this year, including my lifetime achievement award. I just dropped
Habashwe a week ago, and it has been trending. Maybe ‘ expired ’ has a different meaning to him.”
He said he had not made “a cent” from ANC’s events this year, even though he had performed in all the Siyanqoba campaign shindigs and the big birthday bash.
“Honestly speaking, if you have noticed on most programmes, my name is never there. But when I get there, I participate, meaning I am one of those artists who never get booked but go to support. I volunteered my services.”
ANC head of elections Nomvula Mokonyane this week said the party had spent more than R1-billion on the local government election campaign‚ but Treasurer Zweli Mkhize refuted this declaration.
Mafokate said he volunteered his services because he had been a comrade for most of his life.
“I have been a political activist from my days at Cosas. This becomes part of your life,” Mafokate said.
“Similar to cadres who skipped the country to fight for our liberation, they were not paid but volunteered because one had to do it. My love for Mandela and his comrades compels me to play my part.”
Asked if nailing his colours to the mast as an ANC supporter was committing career suicide, Mafokate said he had always backed the party and would not change now.
“I grew up supporting the ANC, and it was a natural thing, even when I did my earlier songs like Kaffir . I never hid my allegiance because we grew up like that. Why should it be a problem now?”
But Mafokate admitted to being paid for performing at some events in the past.
“Yes. At some events you do get paid, but those have since dried up for me,” he said.
“Maybe that’s a good thing, because lately we see many artists coming out to endorse the organisation, which is a good thing.”
He compared himself to the socalled “number one fans” in soccer.
“I am like Saddam at Kaizer Chiefs or the late Mzion at Orlando Pirates. Typical fans who did it for the love, not financial gain.”
Speaking at Kanana in Hammanskraal on the same day, Malema warned the crowd not to fall for ANC “tricks” of “bribing” them with T-shirts and food parcels.
Mafokate said he was not bothered by Malema’s rants against him and Khumalo because “politicians will do and say anything to win the public’s votes ”.
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