The South African Broadcasting Corporation has admitted it is running out of music and has issued a request to all South Africans to assist.
The SABC announced on Wednesday 11 May it would be implementing a quota for local music on all of its 18 radio stations.
Starting on 12 May, 90% of all music played by the public broadcaster was to be sourced from South African artists, regardless of quality.
Spokesperson for the SABC, Dingindawo Mahlangu has called upon all South Africans to submit whatever music they are capable of producing.
“The truth is we’re running out of music and we need all South Africans to help us maintain our 90% promise,” Mahlangu said.
“At the SABC, we’ve now been forced to adopt an extremely open-minded opinion on what constitutes music, and we’re happy to consider absolutely all submissions.”
Mahlangu said over the weekend, three of the SABC radio stations played what he referred to as ‘a beautiful 7-minute duet’ between two howling dogs recorded on a cellular phone in Hermanus recently.
A family in Eshowe, KZN submitted a recording of their 2-year-old son screaming and repeatedly slamming the bathroom door. It was played on four SABC stations on Sunday night.
“If we look for music, we can find it anywhere, and we urge all South Africans to keep their cellphones at hand. Record whatever you can and submit it. There is a very good chance it will be playlisted at some stage,” Mahlangu said.