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Local official bans foreign music on Yambio radio


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May 16, 2016 (YAMBIO) – The minister of information and communications in the newly created Gbudue state, has banned playing foreign music over Yambio FM radio after local artists raised complaints during commemoration of 16 May anniversary in Yambio.

Speaking to hundreds of citizens who converged at Yambio freedom square to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of formation of the former rebels in Sudan, the SPLA, the state information minister, Natale Sabuni, issued a verbal order banning playing foreign music over Yambio fm and only promote local music which focus on cultures and supporting the government.

“With effect from now no more playing foreign music over Yambio fm, it is over! And I will pay a close monitor on this,” the minister said.

The commemoration anniversary of 16 May when the first bullet was shot in Bor was celebrated in Yambio together with promoting local artists as they were part of the movement by making moral during the 21 years of civil war which ended in 2005.

The president of local artists in Gbudue state, Crist BB One, raised issues affecting local artists hindering their progress.

He mentioned lack of promotion from the fans like what is happening in other states and Yambio fm which could promote their songs only focuses on playing foreign music.

Lack of production studio also was raised urging the state government to establish a studio to reduce the burden of going to Juba to produce a song.

BB One further explained that local artists are being blamed for singing names of politicians who are no longer serving in the government, adding that as local artists they compose songs with names of anyone who has done something good for the people whether presently or previously.

However, the state’s council of ministers meeting in Gbudue state resolved two months ago to ban songs played over Yambio fm which praise the predecessor politicians in the state.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Major general Patrick Zamoi, hailed the participation of veteran politicians and fighters from Gbudue state who were together when the first bullet was shot in Bor and for their support of the movement which led to the birth of the new country, South Sudan.

However, the governor criticized the low turnout of citizens, which he said was not also with moral even though bulls were pledged to different organized forces.

Most of the speakers during the occasion called for peace and denounced violent conflict between the SPLA and the community because people of former Western Equatoria, he added, are known to be peaceful people.

Women representative, Grace Appolo, said Yambio county and some other counties in the state continued to be peaceful for the last three months where people were going about their businesses.

She also called upon the youth who claimed to be under the leadership of the SPLA-IO in the state to embrace peace.


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  • 17 May 2016 00:45, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    You could as well ban people from eating Tahania which is not originally Zande delicacy. What a type of dictactorship!! A one man decision to ban freedom of entertainment. Here freedom of speech, press and association is at stake.

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    • 17 May 2016 03:53, by Freedom Fighter

      Nonsenses, we fought Jallabas for centuries because of our cultures not in order to become enemy for our own image and culture. Congratulations, Zande.

      All other states of South Sudan should take lesson from Zande people

      Freedom Fighter

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      • 17 May 2016 06:29, by Kenyang

        Freedom Fighter,
        You said it well. That minister’s a leader and will come time to appreciate what she initiated.If South Sudanese don’t like South Sudanese music, no one else will. Arabs or Westerners (Americans) won’t allow let alone listening to South Sudanese music on their radios. If there’re thugs who love foreign music and their cultures, they need to move there.

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      • 17 May 2016 12:06, by jubaone

        Freedom Figher,

        Then the jienges should drop down the kalashnikov AK-47 rifles because they are foreign made, they should only drink cow blood, because eish, weka, teglia and ful-masri are all foreign foods, stop English and write in jienge language because it is a foreign language, listen to jaang Music only because reggea is foreign; ya aryan jienge

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  • 18 May 2016 06:37, by Joseph Canada

    This is a total stupidity and ilitaracy or dictatorship. You can’t dictate the music people want to hear. If the musician’s song is not pleasing to the ear, no one can listen to it. Music is a universal language. which means your Yambio (zande) music could be listened anywhere in the globe. Supposed every nation do that what will happen to the great musicians and what will music lessons looks like

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    • 18 May 2016 06:44, by Joseph Canada

      What will Solfa notations look like in Zande musical ladder?. My advice to those poor Yambio musicians is this. WORK HARD AND MAKE MUSIC KNOWN NOT BY FORCING PEOPLE BUT BY MAKING IT INTERESTING. It takes time and effort to be recognized. thats why you hear the great musicians say they have come along way. So you even go down to asking the Govt. to build you a studio? hahaha. You are not ready...

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  • 3 June 2016 08:55, by Mr Point

    Who will sing songs about Natale Sabuni and freedom?

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