FIFA to highlight non-South African musical talent at South African World Cup

What a missed opportunity for the rest of the world to hear great music. The Guardian:

In the latest blow to South African pride in hosting a competition expected to be watched by billions of TV viewers, local artists are to stage protests over being sidelined by the likes of Keys, the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira.

To mark the disappointment of local musicians, Arthur Mafokate, a star of the local musical genre known as kwaito, has called on South African radio stations to play only African music for the duration of the tournament. “At least the tourists might hear us on the radio,” he said.

Actor Mabutho “Kid” Sithole, a spokesman for the Creative Workers’ Union, added: “It is not as though we want second-rate performers to replace the Americans. Performers such as Johnny Clegg, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Ladysmith Black Mambazo – can stand head and shoulders alongside them.”

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