Dear Dr Jordan
It’s interesting that as Minister of the Department of Arts and Culture, you state quite glibly that “The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is about how the people of
The motions translate tritely. The press and the broader media will not be free to represent musical genres as it sees fit or as its readers and viewers demand, but as government quotas dictate. Ironically, "quotas", here, sounds suspiciously like a synonym for oppression. So much for a free press.
What I'd like to know is, since when did music have colour? Oh yeah. How ignorant of me and my centuries-scarred memory. Since the reign of the Rainbow Nation. But with 14 years of freedom in the bag and uncountable corruption in our coffers, this new approach sounds more like retribution and revenge than reconstruction and reconciliation.
Music appeals to the soul through the emotions, and as such, is one of the few art forms that has a stab at healing the rifts in our realities. Why segregate that?
So touché, Dr Jordan. Jou ma se genre, is all I can say. Bob would be disappointed by your “representation”.
Jezebel ('just another white girl')
p.s. What are you going to do about Blk Jks and Southpaw, I wonder?