Arthur's recently stormed back into the public eye with Sika, whose title references the opening song and current dancefloor hit, "Sika Lekhekhe" - now banned from KZN's Ukhozi FM playlist by the SABC after complaints from listeners.
Sika Lekhekhe means "Cut the cake." But this is no church tea party. Cut means "split" or "have sex" in township slang, and "cake" is tsotsi for genitals. The song encourages all the girls who want him, to put out. The song's video doesn't help placate the moralists, either, as it features girls in very short white mini-dresses bouncing around on a bed, a lawn, and in a bar.
The video and song have drawn criticism from deputy minister of Correctional Services Cheryl Gillwald, as well as Joyce Seroke, the chairperson of the Commission on Gender Equality, who say it promotes violence against women (untrue), sexism (debatable), and the sexual objectification of women (definitely). Which is all a bit beside the point, since the song doesn't even slightly advocate rape or justify any other abuse of women. It also doesn't exploit women any more than much other programming that the SABC considers quite acceptable. For instance, if a radio station wishes to use lengthy footage of bikini-clad, sexually inviting and submissive women to advertise their station, that's "all good", right?
"Sika lekhekhe" is in fact cheekily playful, and not really different to many other songs by sexually desperate men. It's a sweaty, pumping, pervy, but hardly sexist little number. Sika also features hot tracks like "Bhek' indoda" and "Scooter", using beats ranging from very straight house, to the more downtempo moods of "Natural woman" (nothing to do with the Aretha Franklin classic) and a deep house remix of that same track. For the rest, you get plenty of danceable, and party friendly (albeit monotonous) fare.
Included on the CD: the video for "Sika lekhekhe". So you can check it out for yourself without the broadcasting authorities' permission.
Sure, Sika is provocative at times, particularly if you are justifiably irritated by the idea that one man has any business with more than one woman, given the average man's natural physical limitations in the sex department. But there's no more flashing of underwear on the video than you'll get in the average tennis match, or the average R&B song, whose cliches it borrows.
Ultimately, it's likely that banning this song has done more to help quadruple sales of what's a solid but average kwaito release, than it has to promote women's rights.
- Jean Barker
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