"> Name: South African artist's song banned for sexual reference

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Africa

SubjectExplicit Sexuality


Artist: Mbongeni Ngema

Confronting Bodies: African language radio-stations at the South African Broadcasting Corporation

Date of Action: December 1997

Specific Location: South Africa

Description of Artwork: Ngema's track, "Ubhuti," reprimands a woman for "killing a man with her vagina."

Description of Incident: According to a station manager at Ukhozi FM, the Zulu language was "too sensitive a language" to use in speaking overtly about sex.

Results of Incident: Eight radio stations banned Ngema's song.

Source: Index on Censorship, 2/97

Submitted By: NCAC

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