Ntando sings his way into the land re­form de­bate

Afro-pop star re­leases new song Umh­laba Wam

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Boi­tumelo Kgob­otlo kgob­ot­[email protected]­day­world.co.za

Afro-pop mu­si­cian Ntando Ban­gani is well known for his wed­ding an­thems but he has de­cided to wade into pol­i­tics to re­cap­ture his au­di­ence.

His new song, Umh­laba Wam, cap­i­talises on the rag­ing de­bate about land ex­pro­pri­a­tion without com­pen­sa­tion and speaks about re­turn­ing land to its right­ful own­ers.

The Dali Wam hit­maker said he was not only about en­ter­tain­ing his fans through love songs and could thus not ig­nore the is­sue of land.

“All I am say­ing in the song is that I want my be­long­ings [brought] back to me. The gov­ern­ment should not be quiet about this [land] is­sue be­cause peo­ple will get an­noyed and take it by force.”

Ntando said the song was in­spired by his own ex­pe­ri­ences and told of how he dis­cov­ered the poli­cies of sep­a­rat­ing races when he used to travel reg­u­larly with his mother by train be­tween Mpumalanga and the East­ern Cape.

“When we stopped to eat, I re­alised that no white peo­ple around us were also eat­ing from lunch boxes – they went into a restau­rant.” When he asked why that was the case he learnt about apartheid and how blacks were dis­pos­sessed of their land.

Umh­laba Wam is part of last year’s 12track al­bum May­ibuye, but the sin­gle was only re­leased a month ago.

Ntando said he dreams of own­ing a piece of land in the East­ern Cape’s tran­quil ar­eas where he would gather live­stock and have a beau­ti­ful garden “to wake up to ev­ery day”.

Ntando is one of many mu­si­cians cap­i­tal­is­ing on the long sum­mer hol­i­days with their lat­est re­leases.

These in­clude Drive by DJ Black Cof­fee & David Guetta fea­tur­ing Delilah Mon­tagu; Banomoya by Prince Kay­Bee fea­tur­ing Bu­siswa & TNS, Shay’inum­ber by Malumz On Deck & Gino Brown fea­tur­ing Mr Vince, Asam­beni by DJ Mapho­risa & Bu­siswa as well as Sponono Sam by Cassper Ny­ovest, among oth­ers.

Ntando’s new song tackle land de­bate.

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