Bono Supports South African Song That Advocates Violence


By Michael Lewittes

Bono South Africa


Bono, who just finished performing his “360 Degree Tour” show in Johannesburg, has caused controversy after telling South Africa’s Sunday Times that songs like “Shoot the Boer,” have their place. The word “Boer” translates to “farmer” and originally referred to the Dutch settlers who came to South Africa in the 18th Century, but is now considered a derogatory term for white people.

The issue has been a hot topic in South Africa ever since the leader of the ruling African National Congress’s Youth League, Julius Malema, publicly sang the anti-Apartheid song last year. Even though “Shoot the Boer” advocates violence, Bono said he supports the tune. A little contradictory to what Bono is known for supporting.

“I was a kid and I’d sing songs I remember my uncles singing… rebel songs about the early days of the Irish Republican Army,” said the U2 frontman, who then crooned (for the interviewer) a few lyrics about carrying guns and getting them ready for action.

Bono did note, however, that some songs can’t be sung in certain contexts. “It’s about where and when you sing those songs. There’s a rule for that kind of music.”

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