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We kid you not: Jacob Zuma is releasing an album in 2019

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Pass the mic to Jacob Zuma, because it’s all true: The former president is set to record an album next year, with the blessing of the Ethekwini Municipality.

You can check your calendars, it isn’t April Fools’ Day today. But you’d be forgiven for thinking so, once you realise that Jacob Zuma – as in, “Former President Jacob Zuma” – has got the green light to make a music album.


30 December 2018: Jacob Zuma puts pen-to-paper on a record deal. (Thembinkosi Ngcobo / Twitter)

The extraordinary development has been ushered in by Thembinkosi Ngcobo. He’s the Ethekwini Minister for Parks, Recreation and Culture and the Durban-based municipality has signed a deal with Zuma, to help him release a record of all his favourite “struggle-era songs”.

Fire in the booth from Jacob Zuma

Ngcobo revealed that this surprise move would form part of the metropole’s drive to preserve their heritage. They believe an album of anti-apartheid music – as sung by a man who returned from exile to eventually lead Mzansi – is the best way to do this:

“We have sealed a deal to preserve our heritage through song, with ex-President Jacob Zuma. We arrived at his house while he was having lunch and he invited us to join him. He then enthralled us with his story-telling skills. He will do a live recording of his famous struggle songs in April,” Thembinkosi Ngcobo.

Songs on the Jacob Zuma album

It’s not like he’s been out of practice, either. During a number of public appearances – and post-trial rallies – Zuma haslead the song and dance on a fair few occasions this year. But what could we hear on the upcoming album?

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As well as Thina Sizwe, uMhlaba Wethu, Mshini Wami, Yinde Lendlela, and Nans’iNdod’eMnyama Felevudi have all been performed by JZ at some point. But we’d like to make a few suggestions for the Zuma album, if we may:

  • What Do You Meandos? – Justin Bieber.
  • Nkandla In The Wind – Elton John.
  • (Legal) Bills, Bills, Bills – Destiny’s Child.
  • “Gupta” No Good – The Hoosiers.
  • Gimme The Loot – Notorious BIG.

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