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Mugabe the pop star!

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Askari Kanzu, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Mugabe aanza kampeni kwa kishindo!
    Mugabe, new pop star in the making

    2011-11-06 21:15
    Nhlalo Ndaba

    Harare - While the world’s attention is centred on President Robert Mugabe’s health and the leadership crisis in his party and the country, he is busy carving out a name for himself as a pop idol. Mugabe is featured on the music album, Nhaka Yedu/Our Heritage by Born Free Crew.

    His stage name is Gushungo and his piercing voice is heard in the song Toita Sei, where he gives a brief history *lesson about life in Zimbabwe during the colonial era and where he seeks to justify why colonial rule had to end.

    Mugabe is not new to showbiz. Last year he appeared in a music video talking on a cellphone in street lingo.

    The album is part of Zanu-PF’s drive to garner support from the youth.

    “It’s a calculated move to try to sell the image of the 87-year-old leader to voters who are over 18 years old,” said political analyst Takura Zhangazha.

    The executive producer is none other than Mugabe’s Minister of Information and Publicity, Webster Shamu.

    “The song sends a positive message to all Zimbabweans in all walks of life. It explains some of the president’s principles,” said Shamu.

    Opposition music banned

    In Harare most commuter buses and public transport vehicles were given free copies of the album and they play it regularly.

    On Power FM, a youth station, the song is played on hourly rotation and on national television the music video is featured regularly just before the news bulletin.

  2. crome20

    crome20 JF-Expert Member

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    It work well with Museven but this time arround Mugabe has no choise, time will tell.