CAN ZIMDANCEHALL WOO YOUNG VOTERS

 

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

As the campaign for 2018 elections gathers momentum, political parties, presented with a puzzle on how they can entice the young people to vote have turned to popular Zimdancehall artists to lure them.

Zimdancehall is one of the most sought-after, popular music genre followed most by youths in Zimbabwe.

Previously,  there has been voter apathy among the youths and it remains a question if this popular culture can be a panacea to woe young voters?

In a situation where most of the sought after young population demography are virgin voters,  there is need to captivate them to register to vote and participate in the forthcoming elections.

According to Lauren deLisa Coleman in an article entitled ‘Reaching Millennials Through Pop Culture published in Campaigns and Elections, 2016, “Popular culture is a powerful tool in an increasingly fragmented society. It’s what often times is the key manner in which to link people, especially when it comes to certain Millennial sub-demos,”.

This assertion is relevant here because we have a fragmented country which has an older generation that endured the colonial regime and welcomed the country’s independence with much anticipation.

The second generation is the so-called ‘born-frees’ who could have enjoyed a few years of the ‘good times’ and now the Millennials who were born when the economy had already started falling. The afore observation present an inherent need to use pop culture(Zimdancehall)to encourage the young folk to get registered to vote by engaging popular artists who have become role models to them.

The observation explains why it has proved effective to use pop culture (Zimdancehall) to encourage the young folk to get registered to vote by engaging popular artists who have become role models to these young people.

Recently, ZimRights and ERC (Elections Resource Centre) launched a voter mobilisation programme at Chigovanyika Shopping Centre in Chitungwiza where thousands of young people in the satellite town came to witness the event which was graced by Soul Jah Luv ‘Chibaba’ and Guspy Warrior. Nearby was the BVR registration centre which the CSOs encouraged people to visit after taking them through the BVR exercise.

The massive turn out undoubtedly could have been triggered by the presence of this revered Zimdancehall artists and the CSOs are going to be using the same ‘modus operandi’ across the country.

Zanu PF has roped in Zimdancehall artistes at its interface rally and the opposition should not under-estimate that this popular culture can be a vehicle to rally the masses to vote out Zanu PF next year.

So it remains to be seen whether Zimdancehall can be used as a tool for voter mobilisation and participation in the political process.

 

ZIM HIP-HOP HEADS CRAFT WAYS TO STAY IN THE GAME

 

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

Local MCs are devising many ways to keep the popular genre alive and make it pay at the same time.

On Saturday, Shoko Festival hosted the first ever Zim Hip Hop summit jointly organised by Jibilika to discuss pertinent issues affecting the industry and it was graced by many celebrated hip-hop heads, promoters among many other stakeholders.

Tehn Diamond conceded that hip-hop artists were not upping their game to make the genre a career.

“We are not working enough and we are not building businesses,” he alluded.

Controversial Stunner (real name Desmond Chideme), who has been in the game for a while also reiterated the need for his fellow hip-hop artists to continue releasing albums and performing despite the adversities.

“Honestly speaking mates, we just need to continue to make music and perform even if it means performing for a few people. Consistency will build up to something   I guarantee you that,” the award-winning artist said.

Revered hip-hop producer Kudakwashe  Musasiwa popularly known as Begotten Son urged rappers to circumvent ways to make money rather than playing the blame-game.

“Artistes have to find ways to make money rather than crying foul of various obstacles. Let’s take for example when Junior Brown released the smash song ‘Tongogara’ and used Whatsapp to sell the song which amassed a whopping 5 thousand units,” said Begotten Son.

CBZ bank represented by its senior manager, group marketing, Joel Gombera extended a helping hand to hip-hop heads by proposing to facilitate a business workshop for them so that they can find means to monetize their craft.

“I may not be a hip-hop enthusiast but as CBZ we will be eager to facilitate a workshop for you so that you can build businesses out of your works,” said Gombera much to the appreciation of artists who attended the one-day convention.

Another major talking point was the need for lyricism with relevance to entice the local audience

Visiting South African hip-hop artiste Siyabonga “Slikour” Metane formerly with Skwatta Camp said most African MCs have a tendency to mimic  American hip-hop artists.

“The problem with a lot of   African rappers is that they want to sound and mirror-like American rappers,” bemoaned Slikour.

Comedian Boss Kedha, who is a die-hard fan of hip-hop also shared the same sentiments that MCs should make lyrics that are not devoid of the everyday lives people are living and many participants attested to that saying that is the main reason why the genre is playing second fiddle to Zimdancehall.

 

Pic credit: ZIMBUZZ

Move over silence, its ‘ding dong’ time for Africa

 

By Watmore Makokoba

And who said Africa cannot sing? Before this article is published echoes of talent from Harare will be singing to the whole world through the newly launched, first in Africa, “Mix The City Harare” which will allow people to explore and create music free online.

Launched yesterday by the British Council, Mix the City Harare showcases the diversity of sound music, and cultural influences from Zimbabwe‘s capital city Harare on one online platform where people from all over the world can now discover the sights and sounds of Harare and be able to create their own mix through a simple and intuitive audio/visual platform for mobiles, tablets and computers.

Original music samples already on the platform have been compiled by UK music –producer Boxed In (Oli Baystone) into short audio/video samples featuring 12 Zimbabwean musicians including Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, Douglas Vambe, Soul Jah Love, Jah Prayzah, Amara Brown, Josh Mech, DJ Ray, Dizz Othnell Mangoma Moyo, Blessing ‘Bled Chimanga, DJ Smiley, Prince Edward School Marimba Band and renowned apostolic choral group Vabati va Jehovah.

One of the participating artist songbird Amara Brown said she was excited to be part of the project.

“It was exhilarating working with fellow talented artists, at first I could not believe I can be able to compose a song abruptly at once like that, it was really inspiring and I think this is the opportune time to put Zimbabwe on the map”, Ammara Brown.

The musicians were recorded in unique locations across the country and samples from each musician can be combined and mixed to compose a soundtrack that the user can share on their social media channels directly from the website.

The  recordings were done at the Lion and Cheetah Park, National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare International Airport, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Joina City Mall, Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary , the legendary Dr Oliver Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Arts Centre , JP Studios owned by Jah Prayzah, Prince Edward School Chapel , Mbare Flats and Julius Nyerere Footbridge.

The producer who worked with the artists Oliver Bayston said he cherishes the golden opportunity to have worked with Zimbabwean artists who have proved that they are talent-laden and can fit into any situation without any challenges.

“I am honoured to take part in the project and meeting such talented and incredible array of talented and interesting musicians has been a defining moment in my life of making music,

“I want to thank everyone at the British Council for their brilliant work on the project and send greetings to all the new friends and musicians I met in Harare” Bayston said.

“A brilliant insight into the beauty of Harare and the music of Zimbabwe, its diversity and heritage, I hope Mix The City Harare will provide a platform to challenge and to connect to the UK and beyond”,  said British Council Zimbabwe Director Sam Harvey.

Mix The City Harare is the first of its kind in the whole of Africa, users from over 208 countries and over two million people have already accessed the Mix The city platform worldwide. The project was partly funded by Econet Wireless and supported by the Zimbabwe Ministry of Tourism, Hospitality and Industry and the Harare International Festive of Arts (HIFA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Ways ZANU PF Is Already Winning 2018 Elections

 

by Simba The Comic King

ZANU PF is the most ancient cult known to Zimbabwe. Some believe that is is older than the Illuminati itself or at least N’Sync. It is the ancient cult to follow if you are a mindless zombie f**k who can’t think for themselves. Forget the last part of that statement, you can’t think if you are mindless, can you? With elections looming it’s that time of the year where they bash in people’s heads in the name of campaigning. It doesn’t even matter that the priest of the cult isn’t looking too good this days, they have sworn that even in death he shall rule from some special chair that certainly isn’t of this planet. In the meantime, opposition cults seem to be indecisive in how they are going to take down this ancient cult choosing instead to spend more time posting self-motivational videos on Facebook. We’ve already read Think And Grow Rich a thousand times niggas what we need is a f**kin’ strategy because in case you hadn’t noticed, here is how the ancient cult is secretly winning 2018 elections before a youth leader can even say, “Soul Jah Love hachisi chinhu”…

Secretly Preparing A Biometric Voters’ Roll

In the past few months agents of the ancient cult have been going around rural areas undertaking what they term a “nationwide membership verification exercise” but what the rest of us know as Coerce-Punch-And-Kick-The-S**t-Out-A-Nigga-To-Make-Sure-They-Vote-For-You-In-2018. Under this exercise, the cult is recording the identification particulars and other biometric details of adults in rural and farming areas. An insider within the cult who obviously has never heard what the Illuminati does to f**ks who think they are bigger than the cult now, theorized that ZANU is most likely going to shove this data up the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s a** which will automatically give them a head start  biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise begins. This may also explain why the exercise itself is taking f**kin’ ages to begin. Popular comedian Q Dube has a theory that if push comes to f**k, they may even indulge in accidental amputations to get the votes but then again who believes a comedian?

Use Of Dancehall Artistes At Rallies

If you’ve recently attended any of the ancient cult’s meetings, also known as ‘Meet-The-Youth’ rallies, you might have gone, “Hey look, isn’t that the guy who the song about running, running and Paws Paws?!” You’d be bloody right about seeing a guy who sang about running, running and Paw Paws because of late ZANU has been using dancehall artistes to attract crowds at their gatherings. Much of next year’s vote is expected to be cast by people who are still young enough to say, “Chibaba Chacho.” So it only makes sense that the youth be at the forefront of strategizing this campaign. They understand that the noise known as ZimDanceHall is enough to convince the jobless but music loving young person to vote for, “Chisekuru Chacho.”

Opening Of “Information Centres” in Rural Areas

Social Media has become the voice of the people as evidenced by the dry jokes that trend on a daily basis. ZANU is fully aware of this, which is why they have been opening Information Centres in rural areas where people will undoubtedly be beaten into opening a Facebook account and being forced to learn irrelevant s**t like hashtags. The second motive is to look like saints to the rural folk who can now spend their countless hours of unemployment browsing porn sites instead.

War Vets Stands Being Given To The Youth

The priest of the ancient cult fell out with the warriors who fought for the cult to exist (these are also known as war veterans). After he fell out with his niggas he raised his right fist and said, “F**k you for saying I’m too old and senile to run a cult, for that you are not getting a place to build your shacks.” Residential stands that were promised to war vets were then given to youthies, who now have land to pee on. That’s the only thing you can do on it really, how are you gonna make money to build a house when you don’t have a job?

Right under our noses, the ancient cult is getting ready to win next year’s elections while our noses are busy with smelling the sewage in our neighborhoods. If there is any chance of opposition cults taking power from the priest of the ancient cult whatever moves they have under their robes, now is the time to throw them moves on the table gaddhemeti.

Image from Financial Gazette

 

 

Zimbabweans Remember Cde Chinx

 

by Watmore Makokoba

Cde Chinx Chingaira passed away. People had to gather their minds in one accord, to reflect , retrospect and cherish his legacy. People of all walks of life poured out their thoughts of the all-time revolutionary musician and war veteran.

Putting aside his beliefs – political and non-political, the man seems to have lived a life of mixed episodes, from being the darling of the ruling Zanu Pf party Stewarts, his subsequent fallouts with the system, to being one of the prolific music composer who mesmerized his legion of fans with touchy melodies that will be difficult to erase from the memory lane.

Love, pain, sympathy and prejudice are all reflected in various sentiments of those who knew him, partially and mutually.

Fellow longtime musician and collogue Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi could not help but reflect how the whole music industry has been robbed of one of the senior legends.

Tiripakuchema Cde Chinx Chingaira. He was one of those amazing people I ever came across. We shall forever remember you. To Chingaira family we cry with you during these difficult times and we ask God to protect and support you during these difficult times. Zororai murugare Cde Chinx Chingaira”, said Tuku on his Facebook page.

The Bulawayo Dance Queen and musician expressed how shocked she was when she firstly received the shocking news of Chngaira’s death.

 “I just woke up to some sad news that Cde Chinx Chingaira is no more, Rest in Peace legend”

To Joshua Sako , fellow musician and  former “Third Chimurenga” staunch campaigner accomplice , the sad news of Cde Chinx  departure brought a retrospective down memory lane to the days when they were together pushing through song the infamous land reform program synonymous for gems like “Hondo yeminda”  and “Umhlabathi” which he did together with Police band and the late Marko Sibanda.

“Yesterday we lost a great man, very dear to me, Cde Chinx Chingaira. We shared the stage on many occasions during the National Galas as well as at the Presidential Inauguration at State House in 2002 alongside the late Marko Sibanda, Andy Brown, and Simon Chimbetu. My friend, mentor and hero,

“You taught me to be patient and to persevere and never give up however tough it may be… to stand by what is right no matter what”, said Sako.

The clergy was not left out in also expressing how he immensely contributed to the Anglican Church choir group claiming he a member of the church.

“Our condolences to the Chingaira family on the passing on of Chinx Chingaira Makoni, he was once a member of the St Aidans Anglican Church in Chitungwiza. MHDSRIP”.

The choir group dedicated to him a Hymn; KWASARA KUNESU with lyrics that goes:  “Makore mashoma tisati tasanganiswa nehama dzakafa…Tenzi gadziravo, mweya unemhoswa……”

Outspoken Minister for Higher and Tertiary Education and a member of the Zanu PF politburo Professor Johnathan Moyo wrote on his famous Twitter handle;

 

The time of Chinx ‘s mourning time also saw people putting aside their differing political ideologies and show a unity of purpose as even opposition political leaders took turns to pour in condolences messages.

MDC-T legislature Jessie Fungayi Majome posted on her Facebook wall words full of sympathy especially to Chinx’s wives and children, saying it only came to her realisation that one of her relatives is said to have been once married to the late Comrade.

“I went to extend my condolences to his widows, children and the wider family this morning. It was an honour to pose for this picture at his memorial with some of his children Lennon the eldest, Deeds Chingaira, Tina, Tutsi and the youngest Zeldana, his sister and brother sitting down and Senator Chief Chiduku of his rural home,

“I was surprised on Saturday to hear from my father Ken Majome that his late Mainini Catherine Mazuru was married to Cde. Chinx at some point and bore 3 children by him. The ties that bind!” she said.

“I became a fan and his music way back from 1980 – anthems they have become. A special talent deployment to the liberation of the people of Zimbabwe, may we live to enjoy the freedom that he fought for”

Surely, all that people said and are still saying cannot be accommodated here, but here are some mixed messages people sent out about Cde Chinx: (Please note, names of people withheld in the messages)

“I think the Chingaira family must just go and bury Chinx instead of waiting for those in power to declare him a national hero. Why wait, kana vasiri kuda havasi kuda

“I had wished to write you this letter in your lifetime. I know very well that injustice and colonialism forced you to leave school and join the liberation struggle and that you went to war to recover the head of Paramount Chief Chingaira who was beheaded by the white colonialists whom you were named after,

“Mukoma you returned to Zimbabwe and kept on singing for your supper and I know you had to grovel and played your party as a propaganda tool, hope you will be buried at Chingaira village where our ancestors lie”

“Did those fighters who fought got the satisfaction of what they fought for?, Is this the Zimbabwe Chinx Chingaira fought for where he got to at least own a house two months before death when others have mansions?”

All said and done, whether he is conferred with hero status or not, the family of the late revolutionary musician has described him as “their pillar of strength who left a legacy of love and unity and cared for his family”.

Cde Chinx left two wives and 14 children