EFF drops Gqom track “Signal” for their election campaign
EFF drops Gqom track “Signal,” can you detect it?
Forget mixing business and pleasure, let’s throw politics into the mix of music. Although music with a political message isn’t a rare occurrence, it is unique for a political party to commission making a song for its election campaign.
Then again, we are talking about the Economic Freedom Party, better known as the EFF.
Come to think of it, it’s a brilliant idea. Imagine the energy at rallies, speeches and even the streets when supporters hear the track, which in the EFF’s case is called “Signal” and features singer Ntando Duma and popular Kwaito group Alaska.
What’s more, the song samples a speech party leader Julius Malema made during struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral last year, you know, the one that went viral.
Signaling for support
In part of the speech, Malema says:
“Mama, those who sold you out to the [Apartheid] regime are here. They are crying the loudest more than all of us who cared for you…Can we trust them or should we treat them with suspicion? Give us a sign Mama.”
The English and isiZulu lyrics also reiterate the party’s calls for increased employment and free education, especially of the poor.
Strangely, in January this year Duma actually denied her support for the EFF, this was after she posted a photo of herself wearing a doek featuring the party’s branding.
Some may say that singing on a track for a political party may actually make you more of a supporter than most, but hey; each to their own.
EFF drops Gqom track ‘Signal’, listen to it here.