The ruling party says it has nothing to do with a new song that caught people’s attention this week. It warns the EFF and the DA not to stand in the ANC’s way.
It has a pretty cheerful beat.
It picked up some flak from Twitter users who thought the party might be spending more time writing music than delivering services or campaigning honestly.
Too quick to release an #ANCBeefTrack but too slow to deliver services. Kak!!!
— ☆SnyⓂanXXX☆ (@Katlego_ZA) July 29, 2016
TF!!! ANC cant be serious!! Haaauwh!! Instead of focusing on service delivery they busy making the #ANCBeefTrack ..
— •BlaQ• (@MasindiMukona) July 29, 2016
It certainly also had a lot of fans though.
— Ragnar Reddington (@Zondi_Elihle) July 29, 2016
— Spartan Lee (@MzLee_) July 29, 2016
In the lyrics, a mixture of isiZulu and English, at one point the song declares: “Give me my machine gun. When I have my machine gun‚ nobody can stop me. Forget about Maimane and Malema.”
The ANC has historically not asked for South Africa to be renamed Azania, which was more the preserve of black consciousness fringe parties such as the Azanian People’s Organisation, which has done increasingly worse in every election.
The song, however, continues with “Azania is our nation that we took with the spear of the nation … We got to vote‚ stay afloat‚ make a difference. ANC till the end of my existence. Together we can do more. This is what we live for. Forget about old laws‚ open up closed doors.”
Released on Thurday‚ the song captured the attention of Twitter where the hashtag #ANCBeefTrack was trending. In that context it was being pitted against another song by Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
Which song do you like best? Here is Ndlozi in action.
Many users still seem to prefer Ndlozi’s musical powers.
The ANC has its final election rally on Sunday at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg.