The SABC has announced it will play 90% local music across its 18 radio stations from 12 May. This is according to a report by BDLive.
“The SABC will engage its audiences to evaluate whether [they] are satisfied with these changes. This process will pave the way for the corporation to make an informed decision going forward,” stated the SABC in the report.
The report stated that all music genres – with a focus on kwaito, jazz, reggae, and gospel – will be played.
The SABC will also play more music from “legends in the industry” and up-and-coming artists.
“The SABC has taken a radical decision about its local content offering across all its radio, television, and digital platforms,” said SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
“It is in this context that the decision on local music will ensure that the SABC fully reflects the various styles of local music on offer”.
EWN reported that the move is part of a three-month trial to “assess the reception of the public”, before the final percentage of local music which must be played is decided.
The SABC’s website lists the following radio stations as among its properties:
- Radio 2000
- Lotus FM
- Metro FM
- Ukhozi FM
- Good Hope FM
- Lesedi FM
- Ligwala Gwala FM
- Thobela FM