We needed something special to quell the violence that has been spreading as a result of xenophobia and thanks to Dr Malinga’s new song, we might have found the missing deal maker
The tension between Nigerian and South African nationals, in South Africa, has been well documented over the past few weeks and celebrities from both countries have been at the heart of the drama.
It’s fair to say that efforts to ease the tension have received mixed results. You have the likes of Sho Madjozi and Wizkid who have done their best to spread messages of peace, and then there are the likes of AKA and Burna Boy who appear to have sparked another clash altogether.
However, one person who felt he had the necessary tools to finally put an end to the violence once and for all is 39-year old Dr Malinga. The musician from Hammanskraal believed he had all the ingredients for a unifying hit single and he put them all together and released a hit single titled Boko Haram.
One might wonder why an anti-xenophobia song would be named after one of the most infamous terrorist groups of the last two decades but Dr Malinga wants us to look at the meaning of the lyrics, beyond the title
And to be fair, the lyrics are powerful in their message.
Dr Malinga begins by urging Africans, “Hello Africans, my name is Dr Malinga. I would like to plead to you and say, when you hate another African, it’s like you’re hating your brother and sister. Entlek, you are hating yourself,”
In studio recording BOKO HARAM.
— DRMALINGA (@drmalinga) September 6, 2019
The song was first announced at time when South Africans were laughing and joking on Twitter about a fabled #BokoHaramChallenge and many thought his “studio session” was just another entry into the trend. He quickly proved, however, that the song was a real project.
The hitmaker teased his new single on social media when he shared a teaser this weekend before releasing the full track for streaming. The song does have an infectiously catchy beat, and if it achieves nothing else, it will succeed in getting Africans to dance in unison.
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Dr Malinga’s rally cry to get South Africans to support him appears to have fallen on deaf ears however, as many South Africans immediately distanced themselves from the song upon its release.
Dear Boko Haram,
We as South Africans don’t know this man. He claims to be a doctor but he has no medical qualifications. He says he sings but but……..
He is always kicking so he could be related to Van Damme.
I repeat WE DON’T KNOW THIS MAN!!!!
— Darkboy (@Mpho46793193) September 7, 2019
Do you think Boko Haram by Dr Malinga could end xenophobia (or at least make us dance?)