Kwaito leg­end tells Malema to EFF

Sunday World - - Front Page - AB­DUL MILAZI

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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