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Arthur - Sika

2006-03-30 02:08
 

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


Controversial kwaito superstar Arthur is in the spotlight again. His last album, titled Kaffir, sold 150 000 copies and featured the following lyrics "Nee baas... don't call me Kaffir".

lufuno 2005/08/30 1:43 PM
arthur sdisk the disk is floop and it semes the man has nothing to give the hole of s a but crap only sika le keae
lufuno 2005/08/30 1:44 PM
arthur sdisk the disk is floop and it semes the man has nothing to give the hole of s a but crap only sika le keae
Nkuli 2005/08/30 3:22 PM
bann the song I am not against the song its self my problem its with the vidio. He (Arther) must remember that he we are Africans and we've got cultures that we must respect. He is also a father which I dont believe would love to see his goughter doing the same thing that he's making the young girls do.Please guys respect us(women) dont make our bodys toys.
Nkuli 2005/08/30 3:22 PM
bann the song I am not against the song its self my problem its with the vidio. He (Arther) must remember that he we are Africans and we've got cultures that we must respect. He is also a father which I dont believe would love to see his goughter doing the same thing that he's making the young girls do.Please guys respect us(women) dont make our bodys toys.
Type your name here. niccy 2005/08/30 3:52 PM
Type your title here. the song must must be banned Type your review here i didn't like the song from the beginning because i could hear that the song is not putting any respect for woman and those girls that are dancing to such song they dont have morals themselves even though they are working but they should say somethig insted they are the ones who shows the world what the song is all aboutand its meaning. idont mind their nice bodies but they must try to respect themselves.
kuhle 2005/08/30 6:31 PM
sikalekhekhe we must not sikalekhekhe
Charmaine 2005/09/15 2:20 PM
Banned One of these days we are gonne hear that this song made a grown man rape a young girl.
Jean 2005/09/15 5:37 PM
I disagree Songs don't cause rape and anyone who claims they do is lying. I'd lock that man up for an extra six years for trying to blame an artist who says "have sex" which when I last checked did NOT mean rape a young girl.
Kgethi 2007/09/17 2:55 PM
Crazy double-standards So you can't stand 'Sika Lekhekhe' but U gladly listen to and watch R.Kelly and some other American artists bonking girls?What are these?Double-standards?And what's wrong with telling people to cut the cake(have sex) coz they cut it anyway.
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