For the last 5 years, rock bands across South Africa have been keeping their dreams of fame & fortune alive by holding onto the hope that one day national radio stations would playlist their music again. After the announcement yesterday that SABC stations would increase the local quota from 35% to 90%, rockers felt a collective glimmer of hope and rock band submissions flooded into the SABC, causing their email server to crash.
“I had to rush to Incredible Connection to get a backup drive to free up some space on our email server” explains a leading station’s playlister, “but when I got back it was too late – the sheer amount of crappy rock submissions crashed our entire server. Now we’ll definitely never play rock again.”
“When I heard that stations were choosing to play back to back runs of Mandoza’s entire discography to fill up the quota instead of one of my rock songs, I knew it was time to quit” explains a disgruntled Ard Matthews from Just Jinjer. “It almost feels as if the SABC has a personal vendetta against rock music ever since I botched the national anthem on live television. But to be fair, I don’t blame them if they do.”
Just yesterday, a hip hop beat reportedly recorded on a dude’s iPhone got playlisted nationwide and is already #15 on the charts, crushing any hope that Just Jinjer had of being relevant again. On the plus side, The Parlotones have announced that they’re now going to be a Mandoza cover band. Kahn you dig it?