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In an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News Hugh Masekela, who will perform at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World, speaks the obvious about the long-term meaning of the World Cup.  “The World Cup is a passing fancy. It won’t be there on July 12. And South Africa will still have its problems.” That does not mean you can’t enjoy the tournament.

What is more interesting, however, is his take on the current state of South African music. The reporter asks him about “new music,” particularly the remixes built around Julius Malema or the now-famous “touch me in my studio” remark by a black journalist to a white supremacist guest who had threatened the host.

Masekela says he’s not impressed and that it is not music.

I disagree with him that it is not music. But I agree with him that the remixes are uninteresting.

* BTW, the second remix derive from what is a more interesting song, JR’s “Make the circle bigger, bigger,”a song  about which I will say more another time.

Sean Jacobs