ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has accused commercial radio stations of not giving local music enough airplay.
Malema was particularly critical of Metro FM, which he said should show its loyalty to the country by reconsidering its play list.
"It is very important for Radio Metro to play our music. When you are in Cuba you listen to Cuban music, but when foreigners come here they still listen to music they listen to at home."
Malema, who was addressing a conference of aspirant musicians, producers and DJs in Johannesburg yesterday, said artists had a responsibility to compose and perform songs with political messages.
But he cautioned his audience against singing boring political songs which would not be well received in nightclubs.
"You should sing about our painful past, we might have forgiven them but we have not forgotten that they took away Solomon Mahlangu."
Malema said local musicians should avoid copying foreign musicians who sing about sex and bling. He praised Cubans for producing hit songs about their leaders.
"Tell politics through music. Tell people about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and the ANC."
Malema spoke strongly against the abuse of drugs and unprotected sexual behaviour common in the entertainment industry.
"There are people in the industry who misuse their celebrity status to sleep around," he said.
Meanwhile, ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe and his ANCYL counterpart Vuyiswa Tulelo yesterday met disbanded ANCYL provincial leaders in an attempt to resolve a dispute that has been referred to court.
The ANCYL provincial executive committee has taken their national leadership to court after it was disbanded.