Freshly Ground's new track sends strong political message

Freshly Ground's new music video begins with a definition of a banana republic from wikipedia:

'Banana republic or banana state is a political science term that describes politically unstable countries in Latin America whose economies are dependent on exporting a limited-resource product, e.g. bananas, minerals, etc." appear on the opening of the newly released Fresh Ground music video.

The song is titled "Banana Republic".

Zolani Mahola, leader singer of Freshly Ground says the band's lyrics have always offered social commentary. She explains that their debut song "doo be doo" came out at a time when there was a lot of hope of upholding South Africa's rainbow nation.

One of the lines in the song is "Politicians have agreed, to honour and obey". We're in 2017 and that doesn't seem to be the reality.

Zolani Mahola, Leader singer, Freshly Ground

Referring to politicians, Mahola says actions of the people at the top, do affect those on the ground. She adds that it is the responsibility of the artists and those with public platforms to address political issues.

We want to express ourselves with the view of making a difference.

Zolani Mahola, Leader singer, Freshly Ground

We released the video on Freedom Day. And luckily we are country where we can speak and be heard.

Zolani Mahola, Leader singer, Freshly Ground

WATCH: Freshlyground - Banana Republic

For the full interview listen to the audio below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Freshly Ground's new track sends strong political message


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
The royal wedding may happen as soon as spring 2018 - EWN UK Correspondent

The royal wedding may happen as soon as spring 2018 - EWN UK Correspondent

His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.

[LISTEN] How fog can be captured to provide alternative water resources

[LISTEN] How fog can be captured to provide alternative water resources

Teboho Mofokeng from Gibb, says it may be best to mimic the environment to see how water can be captured in various forms.

"There are about 1 800 new bitcoins being created a day"

"There are about 1 800 new bitcoins being created a day"

Simon Pateman Brown, financial educator at Just One Lap helps make sense of the bitcoin phenomenon.

Follow these tips and be well on your way to building wealth

Follow these tips and be well on your way to building wealth

FNB's Eunice Sibiya looks at transacting techniques that you can implement to turn your focus to building your wealth in 2018.

30 municipalities owe billions of rand to Water Dept, face water cuts

30 municipalities owe billions of rand to Water Dept, face water cuts

Municipalities including Mangaung, Mbombela and Emalahleni must settle debts over the past two months of face water cuts.

Moloto Mothapo: We need to redouble our (fighting gender-based violence) efforts

Moloto Mothapo: We need to redouble our (fighting gender-based violence) efforts

This past weekend, the United Nations condemned the violent crimes against women and children in South Africa.

Popular articles
'Drug traffickers are used as a decoy'

'Drug traffickers are used as a decoy'

Director at advocacy group Locked Up SA, Patricia Gerber describes the extent of drug trafficking from South Africa.

News24 exposes how big SA corporates are funding fake news

News24 exposes how big SA corporates are funding fake news

A News24 investigation has exposed how some of South Africa's biggest companies have been advertising on fake news websites.

Zille open to renaming Robben Island swim after 'nation-builder' Theo Yach

Zille open to renaming Robben Island swim after 'nation-builder' Theo Yach

Premier Helen Zille describes Yach as one of the most generous, warm, open-hearted and community-driven people she's ever known.

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.

[WATCH] Man exposes people selling stolen goods on Facebook

[WATCH] Man exposes people selling stolen goods on Facebook

Anton Fourie says he used his phone to record the interaction to create awareness of what is going on in the community.

Zondi tells court that she had to 'look happy' in church out of fear for Omotoso

Zondi tells court that she had to 'look happy' in church out of fear for Omotoso

Cheryl Zondi is testifying against Pastor Timothy Omotoso who is accused of rape and human trafficking in his Durban church.