THE song is titled Satan Voetsek!And it’s all over social media!
But gospel greats have lashed out at the song, sung by gospel singer Simon Sibiya. Many people are not happy with the lyrics.
The lyrics say: “Satan, Voetsek. Uyinja, hamba satan”.
Gospel legend Hlengiwe Mhlaba said gospel should teach and inspire, not promote hate speech or bad language.
“It gets a no-no from me. Bad things always trend. If you can’t say something in church, don’t sing it to people,” she said.
“You claim to be singing gospel but you say bad things. Who taught you that?”
Legendary gospel singer and producer Sipho Makhabane told Daily Sun after hearing the song he called Simon and told him this was wrong. Sipho and Simon are both from Mpumalanga.
“Simon was veryangry with what was happening in life and released the song,” said Sipho. “But I spoke to him and he realised his mistake.”
Sipho said artists must be careful what they sing, especially to kids.
“Whatever we say is either building or destroying. We should always strive to build,” he said.
“Through our music, we need to try to heal people.”
Gospel star Pastor Nhlakanipho Cele said he understood the anger.
“But it’s too much hate speech and insults,” he said.
On the Daily Sun website some people said they liked the song while others said they hated it.
Namhla wrote: “The song is spot on.”
Mahlogonolo wrote: “The devil needs to hear this.”
Mahlangu wrote: “Let the kids sing along then we will know whether it’s good or bad.”
Composer Simon told Daily Sun he was very angry with satan when he composed this song.
“I knew that the perpetrator of all the bad things is satan. That’s why I was harsh.”
He said he was called to order by the likes of Makhabane.
“I stopped promoting the song. To me it doesn’t exist anymore, although people always ask me about it.”