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Citizen Bones

by Citizen Bones / 10.01.2010

Download Mahala’s original and exclusive Citizen Bones track right here, for mahala.

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It may sound like make believe, but there was once a time when popular music was not strictly all about love, sex, break-ups, good times, getting down in ‘the club’ and baby, baby, baby. Seriously, not that long ago musicians would write songs about almost anything that interested them. They sang truth to power. They voiced the outrage of their generation. They stuck it to the man. There was folk music, freedom music, fighting tunes. Music was conscious. Musicians wrote songs about murder, religion, war, poverty and most importantly they tackled the major social issues of the times. But now we’re stuck on the baby-baby loop. And it makes us sick.

We at Mahala have not forgotten that once upon a time music was a weapon. That’s why in collaboration with Rambling Jay Bones we’ll be producing a series of fresh, new, totally unhinged musical masterpieces every month. Music that tackles the ugly themes of the underbelly. Corruption, greed, dishonesty, road rage, felching. For you, to download here, for mahala! From Mahala.

Here’s the first one. It’s about our former police chief Jackie Selebi, his mafia mate Glenn Agliotti and the overall, “Corruption of the State”.

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The Mahala Minstrel

CORRUPTION OF THE STATE
by Rambling Jay Bones

The story that I tell to you in time will be repeated
A cautionary tale of justice been defeated
Agliotti was his name
Bribery was his game
Kebble paid with his life in a classic con man scam

And then one day the hammer fell and names were summoned forth
Vusi tried to take them down, but the president said, “piss off!”
Selebi the polic chief said, “he’s my friend, finished and klaar”
“We buy each other expensive gifts, like suits and shoes and cars.”

You never think you’ll end up in the hole
When you’re paying off the head of Interpol
Armsdeals, travelgate, xenophobic hate
Corruption of the state!

How many loopholes could they find in our democratic law?
Was this the justice that the people struggled for?
Everyone was on the take and someone had to fall
Who would do the time, who would be the whipping boy?

And you never think you’ll end up in the hole
When you’re paying off the head of Interpol
Armsdeals, travelgate, xenophobic hate
Corruption of the state!

Ooooh Corruption Of The State!
Ooooh Corruption Of The State!

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