Zuluboy chats politics and fighting for actors' rights, amid tussle with producers of 'Umkhokha: The Curse'

30 May 2024 - 15:19 By KGOMOTSO MOGANEDI and Joy Mphande
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Zuluboy is releasing his single, 'Mayibuye'.
Zuluboy is releasing his single, 'Mayibuye'.
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After election day, Zuluboy reflects on the political landscape and his latest single Mayibuye.

Real name Mxolisi Majozi, Zuluboy said it was time artists recognised real issues.

“It's important for us, as musicians, to play our part when it comes to what needs to be done, which is expressing ourselves as creatives. The inspiration came from me seeing the lack of patriotism when it comes to our people and the role our creatives play,” he told TshisaLIVE.

“Through music we convey messages that invoke spirits of King Moshoeshoe, Sekhukhune and King Shaka. I'm looking to convey the message of people coming together and standing for the right thing, hence I say Mayibuye..

“We can't allow our children to grow up in dirt. I used the image of toilets as a background, dirt which is a reflection of how people are living in South Africa. The gap between rich and poor is embarrassing.

“Artists' tongues are cut because they're intimidated, they're begging for jobs [gigs] and they don't want to be seen with political parties but they are used by these parties. Artists are being feared by politicians because of our capacity to mobilise the masses. I think it's a good start for us to get involved.”

Zuluboy is in an arbitration process with production company Rhythm World Productions. He says he was cast to play the role of Mlungisi in Umkhokha: The Curse, but it was recast with actor Nkanyiso Mchunu.

“They sent me an agreement. I had a look at the agreement and I signed it and I took a flight to Durban. When I was in Durban they sent a driver to come bring me scripts. I started prepping the character and then after seven days without being on set I called the cast co-ordinators. They told me some cast members were not available, as they were shooting elsewhere, and they would call me the next month. So I flew back to Johannesburg because I could not stay an entire month without working.” 



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