Bono’s dogooderism doesn’t apply to white farmers in South Africa. Think about what you are supporting when you give money to ‘Live Aid’. Bono cares. He really, really cares.
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The U2 frontman, who is in Johannesburg ahead of a Sunday night concert for the band’s 360 Degrees Tour, said in an interview with South Africa’s Sunday Times that struggle music like the “shoot the farmer” song has a place.
“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,” he said, proceeding to sing a song whose lyrics spoke of carrying guns and readying them for action.
“We sang this and it’s fair to say it’s folk music… as this was the struggle of some people that sang it over some time,” he told the newspaper.
But the rocker went on to say such songs shouldn’t be sung in the wrong context…
“It’s about where and when you sing those songs. There’s a rule for that kind of music.”