Zambian radio station bans South African music


A popular radio station in Zambia has said it will no longer play South African music in protest against the xenophobic attacks that have been taking place in South Africa.

“Hot FM will cease to play music by South African artists on our airwaves until further notice,” the station said in a statement posted on Facebook.

“All African nations, whether front-line states or not, stood by our South African kindred during their time of need and together we embraced ubuntu,” Hot FM said, referring to the African concept of togetherness.

During its fight against apartheid, South Africa’s now-governing African National Congress (ANC) was based in Zambia.

“Africa is one and until such a time that our South African counterparts embrace ubuntu again, our stand will be with all our African brothers being attacked and terrorised in that country.”

 On Wednesday, several shopping centres in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, closed as students took to the streets to protest about violence in South Africa, which has seen many foreign-owned shops looted.

The football association has also cancelled a friendly match against South Africa that was due to take place on Saturday in Lusaka.


Sammie Idika