DURBAN - Celebrated South African artists have come together to create a song that implores President Ramaphosa to send the flawed Copyright Amendment Bill back to parliament for critical review.
The Bill, in its current form, stands to rob artists and creators of their copyright protections, and thus their means to make a living from their art. Vikela Mina, meaning ‘protect me’ is the musicians’ call to President Cyril Ramaphosa, to not sign the Bill into law. It is a response to his famous use of the Hugh Masekela song, Thuma Mina, in his first State of the Nation speech.
The Bill poses a threat to South Africa’s arts, music, knowledge and culture because if it’s not viable to make a living by creating original work, artists will be forced to create less, or stop altogether. Contemporary and iconic Mzansi artists collaborated on the song, which features The Soil, Jimmy Nevis, Vicky Sampson, Ntando, Arno Carstens, Zolani Mahola from Freshly Ground, Wendy Oldfield and Nini Schlechter.
The Delft Big Band Development Project and Gugz Harmonies from Gugulethu contributed that brass section and choir respectively.