It was officially announced today that Lady Gaga will be “touring” South Africa, i use the word ‘touring’ lightly as she’ll only be doing shows in Cape Town and JHB. Living in South Africa means that we are somewhat starved for LIVE international music and when an artist that’s ever been on any chart of sorts comes to SA, we freak a little, and today is no exception… the problem is that the “freaking” that’s going on on Twitter/Facebook is a little shocking, and kind of embarrassing.
The way people are “hating” on Twitter and Facebook, i’m wondering whether Lady Gaga has committed some kind of human atrocity that i’m unaware of? Has she slaughtered an African village? Maybe infected an entire country with dysentery? Or is her only crime that she makes music that you don’t like? Here’s a revolutionary idea… if you don’t like her music… DON’T GO TO THE FREAKIN’ CONCERT. I doubt Lady Gaga would be offended if your Royal Musical Genius doesn’t attend… chances are, she won’t even notice. Do you know why? She has thousands of fans, hundreds of thousands.
I’m not a Lady Gaga fan, not by a longshot. Her music makes me kinda stabby, but is this kind of statement really necessary : “If Lady Gaga gets shot in the face when she gets here that would make me proudly South African”. Wow. Just wow. I know that the Tweeter was making a joke and just wanted to get a giggle out of a couple of people, but unfortunately my timeline has been inundated with tweets like that.
How did we become this self entitled? We’ve hardly been overwhelmed with international live music acts, so i can’t even say that we’ve become a collective spoilt brat that throws a tantrum when it doesn’t get it’s way…
I’m also not sure if you’re aware of this, but you do realise that the music act themselves (or their management) actually need to say yes to coming to SA? If you don’t understand what i mean, let me explain it to you… Your beloved Red Hot Chilli Peppers aren’t coming to SA because they don’t bloody want to. Or their management doesn’t bloody want them to, and it could be for any number of reasons; money, time, the fact that we live in Africa and a large amount of foreigners shit their pants when a trip to Africa is mentioned, etc.
We should be thanking Lady Gaga for coming to our beautiful country. The more commercially massive artists that come to South Africa, the less “unusual” it will be and then maybe your Foo Fighters, or whoever it is that you have wet dreams about, won’t have an excuse not to come anymore.
I make my living thanks to the music industry, I’m lucky in that i’ve been exposed to so many different genres over the years that i now appreciate music in most of its forms, as well as what it does for us as humans. The thing about humans though, is that we are all different. I know right, how cool is that? Imagine if everyone loved the same kind of music… then you Indie junkies wouldn’t have those high horses to ride anymore, everyone would know who Deyarmond Edison is and Frightened Rabbit would have a Billboard #1 HIT!
Am i excited about Lady Gaga coming to SA? Not particularly. Would i have preferred a different international artist? Hells yeah… judge me all you want, i honestly don’t give a fuck… but i’ve been waiting patiently for: Linkin Park, Bon Iver and Taylor Swift for years. Yes, i’m being serious, those three… in that order.
So, please, stop acting like that kid kicking and screaming on the floor of Spar because your mommy won’t buy you a packet of Nik Naks… the cute girl from your class is watching and now she doesn’t want to hold your hand anymore. Also, you’re embarrassing your mom.