JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Maskandi artists are not happy with the SABC after Ukhamba Production’s contract with the broadcaster expired.
Ukhamba previously produced Roots and Imizwilili.
The artists are now demanding that there be a maskandi TV channel.
Buselaphi Gxowa said: “The SABC decided to kill Roots. We don’t know what led to this decision.”
She said they felt undermined by the broadcaster.
Another artist, Phuzekhemisi, said: “We’ve watched the SABC kill cultural music. We’re worried about this.
“Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do because it’s our own people who’re making those decisions.
“We want the SABC to bring back Roots.”
Thokozani Langa said: “Maskandi music is the only genre that’s not played on TV.
“We’re never consulted on anything that’s about our work yet we play a critical role in nation building. The SABC is not only failing us but hates us.”
Ali Mpofu from Ukhamba Production confirmed he no longer had a contract with the SABC.
“I had a three-year contract but it expired a year and half ago. SABC is repeating past episodes of Roots,” Ali told Daily Sun.
SABC spokeswoman Vuyo Mthembu said: “The SABC can confirm that after careful consideration, a decision has been made for the show to be de-commissioned due to performance, production value, brand relevance and market alignment.
“The SABC will continue to seek to identify and incubate other content and offerings in the traditional music space and celebrate South African culture through its traditional dance and music.”
Source The Sun