The Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has unveiled a new anti-racism song which he hopes will tackle ‘the continuing salience of race and racism and the negative role social media has played in spewing racial bigotry’.
The song titled “No love, No life” features contributions from musicians Mzwakhe Mbuli, Mbongeni Ngema, with backing vocals from the late Miriam Makeba.
The song comes at a time when a number of racist incidents have divided the nation. The most high profile case is that of Penny Sparrow, who sparked public outrage when she called a large group of black South Africans on the beach “monkeys” on Facebook.
Sparrow was reported the South African Human Rights Commission and was charged with hate speech in the Equality Court. The court found her guilty and fined her R150,000.
“The role of performing arts, particularly music during the anti-racism struggle gained the world’s attention by reflecting the important role it played in conjuring global human solidarity which exposed apartheid’s atrocities and gross human violations,” said Mthethwa.
The song “No love, No life” will reportedly feature on a full album featuring artists from across the African continent, to be released by the department.