Last updated on Jan 27th, 2021 at 11:23 am

Zakes Mda is so upset over Black Coffee’s Israeli gig that he has decided not to use the DJ’s music in an upcoming movie

The South African novelist, poet and playwright made the announcement on Twitter.

“There are some great Black Coffee sounds that would be ideal for one of the films I’m involved in making. But now, damn, there’s this Israel thing!” he tweeted a few days ago.

Zakes added that Pieces of Me hitmaker’s music would have been great for the film.

“I guess I have to search for some other music though it won’t be as apt for the scene as his.”

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Black Coffee came under fire earlier this year after he shared a video from his sold-out gig in Tel Aviv

“Like everyone else I have rights and free will and, no, Black Coffee is not a political party. I work as an entertainer to feed my family. I will take a bullet for my family,” he tweeted after the backlash.

Palestinian solidarity organisation BDS South Africa slammed Black Coffe for ignoring a cultural boycott.

“Artists and cultural institutions that act in violation of the cultural boycott against Israel find themselves complicit in a system of normalising and whitewashing the violations of Palestinian human rights and international law by Israel,” the group said in a statement.

Speaking to IOL earlier this month, Black Coffee said that his decision to perform in Israel was not political.

“I think in my career, it was my third time playing there. The first two times were in a small club called The Block. This year was the first Black Coffee Show and it was in a park. We had 6 500 people – it was sold out. This is why when I came back, for me, it wasn’t anything political. It was big for me as an artist to have this reach in a different country.”

Zakes has received flak for his decision not to use the DJ’s music, questioning whether he boycotted others

The author says his family does not buy Israeli products and he once turned down an offer to do a book fair in the country.

“Unlike you I don’t demean one of the greatest DJs in the world by calling him a “low lying fruit”. In fact I lament the fact that we cannot use the particular great music because my producers (& I agree with them) want to protect their product,” he told a tweep who criticised him.