24 March 2013
Opening Pandora’s Apartheid Box Part 37 – The effects of music and popular culture during Apartheid
25th of March 2013
As this series has proved over and over, the portrait of white South Africans being mindless racists oppressing blacks was mainly due to a relentless propaganda campaign launched in the 1950’s by foreign mining conglomerates their lapdog secret agencies and trumpeted out through their liberal main stream media newspapers, etc.
This propaganda and psyops campaign was so successful, that people across the world, as well as black South Africans, still hold that image of white South Africans today.
Part of the reason of this series is to shatter such myths and explain in simple language how it REALLY was under Apartheid.
One of these myth shattering examples was the white people’s taste in music during Apartheid.
If they were such racists, why did they make black artist so rich by buying all their music?
Let us take a case study from the recent Oscars as an example.
In 2013 the documentary film “Searching for Sugar Man” won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
If you are white and grew up during the 70’s and 80’s in South Africa, you will probably know the American Rock/Blues musician simply known as “Rodriguez” who had hits like “I wonder (how many times you’ve had sex)” and “Sugarman”.
Sixto Rodriguez is basically a coloured…part Mexican, part Native American and part white from Detroit Michigan, who had a big fan base in South Africa.
A fan base that was almost exclusively WHITE.
What a lot of people do not know, is that Rodriguez was almost unheard of in his own country, the USA and back there he had virtually no following.
The same for the rest of the world, except for a small cult following in Australia. In reality he never made it anywhere in the world, except for South Africa.
Ironically Rodriguez himself was not even aware of his fame in South Africa…that his album “At His Best” went platinum and that white South Africans were basically the only people who bought his music.
But then suddenly his music stopped and Rodrigeuz disappeared. In South Africa rumours started to spread that he committed suicide… Then in the 1990’s two Cape Town fans Stephen Segerman and Craig Strydom decided to go and look for Rodriguez.
They eventually tracked him down working as a bricklayer in Detroit. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor in Philosophy from Wayne State University's Monteith College in 1981.
Because of their efforts, an Oscar winning documentary was made and Rodriguez’s music has seen a revival and he is currently touring the world and couldn’t be at the Baftas or Oscars, because he was throwing a concert in Cape Town at the time (Feb 2013).
Searching for Sugar Man wins best documentary Oscar
But Rodriguez was not the only one.
As far back as 1966, the year Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd, the so called “Architect of Apartheid” was assassinated, the black American singer, Percy Sledge made it big in South Africa with his song, “When a man loves a women”, a song later desecrated by Michael Bolton.
Even my own mother is still until this day a big Percy Sledge fan and has almost every single album he ever brought out.
The 1970’s disco scene in South Africa was no different. You could hear the music of Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Boney M, The Goombay Dance Band and many more pumping in the white discos of South Africa.
Then the 1980’s came…Oh the 80’s… White school children and just about everyone else fell in love with Reggae.
A lot of the reggae lyrics, by greats like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh were hardcore anti white. Did the whites care? No.
Who can forget the Eddy Grant hit, “Give me hope Johanna” directly attacking South Africa and Apartheid at the time…whites were singing and dancing along, even buying the music that called for their destruction.
I can even remember older people like my own mother singing along to “Buffalo soldier” (Bob Marley) and “Give me hope Johanna” (Eddy Grant).
Many whites in South Africa at the time of the ‘80’s were seduced by the smooth R&b/Soul love songs of black artists like Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick to name, but a few.
Cape Coloured Jonathan Butler emigrated to the UK, apparently, because of Apartheid, but made his wealth on the back of it. He perfected his guitar playing under the tutelage of George Benson and became a world star.
In the ‘80’s in the clubs and discos, whites were dancing and singing to the tune of a child molester like Michael Jackson and a drug addict like Whitney Houston.
The NG Kerk Dominees (Dutch Reformed Ministers) were warning the youngsters against so called “Satanic Bands” like AC/DC, KISS, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, etc…all white bands by the way…but I can never recall one moment that they ever warned us against Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder or Whitney Houston.
It seems like a makeshift Devil was held in our faces at the front door whilst the real Devil slipped in by the back door.
As a practicing martial artist for the last 30 years I must admit that I was inspired by the movies of Chinese actor Bruce Lee. I still hold him in high regard not so much as a movie actor, but as a martial arts philosopher. I have not only seen all his movies, but also own all the books he ever wrote. The Toa of Jeet Kune Do is a Martial arts classic that ranks up there with Sun Tzu’s Art of War and Miyamoto Musashi’s Book of Five Rings.
Thousands of white South African martial artists were likewise inspired by Bruce Lee to take up Karate or Kung Fu as a self defence system. Where they racist? obviously not by far.
Today I am a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Vale Tudo and MMA.
Mixed Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do was the original philosophy of Bruce Lee. The Brazilians are not exactly white, but they have produced the best unarmed, no-holds-barred fighting system this world has ever seen and they have proved this over and over in no-holds barred competitions. Full respect to them.
As a 15yo child, my own mother cut my Jiu Jitsu suit that I bought with my own money that I worked for to pieces with a bread knife, asking me what I wanted with this “Hotnot Kak”.
She considered Orientals as coloureds…This while she was a Percy Sledge fan. Go Figure. Such was the dual mentality of whites at the time during Apartheid.
Nevertheless, during the 1980’s we have seen a lot of films where the heroes were either wise cracking American negroes like Beverley Hills Cop with Eddy Murphy…or morally superior to whites like in the Lethal Weapon series where Mel Gibson played an unstable veteran from Vietnam and black actor Danny Glover played the role of reserved family man.
Ask any social worker anywhere in the world where they have seen a stable black family, especially as portrayed in Lethal Weapon. Good luck with that.
White South Africans flocked to these movies…probably for entertainment value, yet supporting the bastards who were making them out as scum actually.
But the most deliberate and disgusting factor came during Lethal Weapon II when the WHITE South Africans were blatantly pointed out as the corrupt baddies…speaking Afrikaans , nogal. Again white South Africans…Afrikaners in their thousands…flocked to the cinemas to go and see what scum they were as portrayed by Hollywood.
During the same time we had television sitcoms like the Cosby Show and the Fresh Prince of Bell Air showing us that Blacks were the same as us…Educated, humorous, and just generally great people to hang around with.
Meanwhile the reality on the ground during the 1980’s in South Africa was that of blacks murdering other blacks with the necklace method in the townships. Blacks throwing other blacks off moving trains, etc.
On television news we were confronted with all this horror that was reality in the townships of South Africa on a daily basis…shortly to be followed by the Cosby Show showing us a Hollywood fabrication of a perfect funny black family just to sooth our minds...They are not all like that, right?
People swallowed the Cosby Show and ignored the reality of South Africa’s townships.
At school our setwork books for English and Afrikaans were written by LWB's like Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and Dalene Mathee’s “Fiela se kind” portraying blacks as morally superior and totally innocent and whites as biased, racist bigots.
These books were approved by the SA government at the time. The minister of education was one F.W. de Klerk.
Today South Africa has a princess in Monaco, who cares nothing about what is happening in SA at the moment.
Last year, our Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron adopted a black baby and named him “Jackson”.
The most corrupt President SA has ever seen, Jacob Zuma is in love with Charlize Theron We are proud of our Charlize; Zuma
From 1996 to 2008 she contributed R3.6 Million ($450000 US) to ANC election campaigns with a further R250000 ($30000 US) to the ANC woman’s league and ANC youth league.
Treasure General’s report of 2004
The released records end with 2009, however considering the Treasurer General’s report of 2004, wherein it was revealed that Theron’s Africa Outreach Project would, as part of its annual operations cost, include a R800000 ($60000 US) yearly donation to the Youth league It is safe to assume that she has continued with her contributions.
Charlize Theron fully supports the Black Panther Party and their ideology of killing all whites in South Africa. She regularly appears at their functions.
Considering the history of South Africa and the writings of maniacs like Franz Fanon, it is my opinion that the “Total Onslaught” against white South Africans has not stopped and will not stop until the last white baby has been brutally murdered and wiped off the face of the earth.
Nothing has changed in the mindsets of black South Africans since the massacre at Bloukrantz and very little has changed in the mindsets of Whites across the world in the way they view us white South Africans.