Apartheid era musical critique May 7, 2009
This work is still applicable now....unluckily...even though most of us think that South Africa is free of the underpinnings of its own oppression. But it is not only applicable to Azania, but also to the United States of America. Both South Africa and the USAmerica have a common history based on European oppression of a land not of their own and a subjugation of an indigenous population through a process of "G-O-D"-supported geographical expansionism. Both settler-colonial states are still festering in their own myopia and Johnny Clegg and Savuka is a clarion wake-up call to them both. You may have to think deeper beyond the modernified propaganda of our current malaisey news-driven public-private discourse. Aaaaaaand - this is GOOD MUSIC. You will not be disappointed by their socio-political compassion or their still fresh and danceable rhythms. As the first racially integrated South African bands, they must be held in their correct historical and musical perspective. This band has done some serious work. We owe them a listen or maybe quite a few listens. I dare you to pop this in the CD player at the next party and see what happens.
Play and share and play again "Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World" - what a challenging and wonderful musical mirror of our times.