Who Bought The Land – Album by Ras Themba Melaninman
Genre: Reggae Dub
The last we heard from our Reggae artists on topical issues like the question of Land (which remains largely in the minority hands of Whites) was with back in 2016 with Black Dillinger’s Letter to Thuli Madonsela, the dubious Public Protector at that time. This is a public discourse that has been a hot topic in South Africa lately.
Dub Poet Ras Themba Melaninman comes back with his sixth studio album titled “Who bought the land” with its militant cover that bears important dates and facts about the land issue in South Africa. It states:
1913 : Land Grab …Free Land for all Europeans
1955: Freedom Charter (statement of core principles of the SA Congress Alliance)…Fooled us to believe that we will take back the land
1991: Codesa (Negotiations to End Apartheid) …Sold Out to Willing Buyer Willing Seller.
The question that Ras Themba poses is Who then bought the land, because as it stands right now, the rightful owners are landless and those 1991 negotiations did not end Apartheid but entrenched it under the guise of ‘foreign investments and investors who are running the country like their multi national corporation. Whether the album addresses the issue or provide the answer is less relevant right now, what is important is that Reggae is regaining its true and natural stand of questioning the status quo and the powers that be. With no fear or favour.| | | Next → | Single Page