South Africans are celebrating on Wednesday. This comes after the SABC's announcement that they will start to play 90% local music on their radio stations.
In a statement, the broadcaster said: "Following extensive and successful engagements with some music representatives, the broadcaster has taken a decision to implement 90% of local music across the 18 radio stations as from 18 May 2016."
The decision comes after several artists, including Don Laka, made it their mission to fight for local music to be played on local radio stations, instead of focusing on international artists. Bra Don claimed that 15,000 jobs were lost in the industry because of this.
Another artist who wasn't shy to share his views was Cassper Nyovest. In an interview on Metro FM with Bonang Matheba last year, the rapper said despite his Refiloe album going platinum, radio stations were not playing his music.
He said: "I just put out 20 songs, I don't have one song that's playing on radio... They don't play my stuff on radio, man."
He also mentioned that he needs to be treated like Beyoncé. "Like the radio is supposed to play me like Beyoncé, you know what I'm saying."
Well we're sure that he'll be happy about the SABC's decision to focus on local music.
Here's how some people reacted to the great news:
WE WILL FINALLY BE ABLE TO SELL 1 MILLION RECORDS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY!!!!!!— AKA (@akaworldwide) May 11, 2016
Finally. 💁🏼— Bonang B* Matheba (@bonang_m) May 11, 2016
90% South African Music on SABC Stations.....Thanks to the Powers be and Thank you #Donlaka Sir for your Contribution...🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿— #PIECESOFME (@RealBlackCoffee) May 11, 2016
Good & long overdue move by #Hlaudi - instructing all 18 SABC radio stations to play 90% local music from tomorrow. Monitor & enforce— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) May 11, 2016
Slowly we will see the rewards of patriotism. We will feel how it's like to be Nigerian or American, proud and supportive of your own 🇿🇦❤️— Richard Mahogany (@Rich_Mahog) May 11, 2016
Honestly, if that SABC 90% sa music thing is true I'm giving 2 upcoming artists a free beat. S/O to bra Don Laka for his fight— #Mzala (@SeanPages) May 11, 2016
...as from tomorrow SABC will play 90% South African music #ThankYouHlaudi 🙏🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽— 14MayBotanicGardens (@LvovoSA) May 11, 2016
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