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Mafeking Road

from Sleep Armed by Kalahari Surfers



Mafikeng Road

Imposing structures dominate this capital
Homeland experiments in architecture
Airport and Parliament buildings stand firm
Things fall apart with the stadium they built on
Mafeking Road
Israeli building experts disappear into the night
Mafeking Road
So it goes we were told that the centre would not hold

Foreigners leaving or being told to leave
Currency changes hands
Passports endorsed
Tears at the airport
a farewell embrace
Houses are empty
the schools are all closed along
Mafeking Road
Get out of here and never show your face again
Mafeking Road
So it goes we were told that the centre would not hold

Excerpt from a Tswana Propaganda TV show.

translated, the voices are saying:

I wanted to say that I recognise you when you jumped over the wall of the Kraal

so you eventually became a soldier

and you became a terrorist

go-ahead mock me but this will be the last time that you do this

please you’re hurting me

if you scream I will kill you

I wish my examination was over I can’t wait to join the army

I wonder where they’ll send me

what do you want in our house?

I came to visit the sergeant

The Sergeant agrees that I will not make a mistake by joining the army

go now and become a soldier that all of us people can be proud of


from Sleep Armed, released November 11, 1988
Jannie van Tonder - trombone


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Kalahari Surfers South Africa

Warrick Sony is a South African composer, producer, musician and sound designer.
He is the founder and sole permanent member of the Kalahari Surfers. They made politically radical satirical music in 1980s South Africa.

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