Lady Bee drops 'clean' album

HARARE - Dancehall wild child, Lady Bee known for dropping beats laden with explicit lyrics has decided to record a “clean” album meant to appeal to conservative radio listeners.

Lady Bee is popular in the underground music circles and also to the ghetto youths but has never been played on national radio due to her explicit content.

This will be her second album.

Speaking to the Daily News, Lady Bee, real name Brenda Bechani said she wants to cater for everyone.

“My music is mainly hard-core and I realised that it is not everyone who likes hardcore. As a singer currently growing musically, I realise the need to appeal to everyone. My recent performances in London showed me what type of music people like."

“I have other songs which are not hardcore and I realised that they appreciated those more. The kind of audience I mainly perform for are those that want to listen to the lyrics more, not just jump about, hence I am working on a clean album,” she said.

She however, said this development would not deter her from producing other hardcore songs.

“I realised that I have a diverse audience and they prefer different things. It does not mean that I will not be doing hard-core. I will release them as singles, because I know there are listeners who like my original type of music,” she said.

The dancehall musician was supposed to release a double CD sometime this month but she has shelved the plans, opting to release one CD.

She cited making a detour from her usual music.

“That album carried mostly hardcore songs and following my UK experience, I decide to give people what they want. It is also that I want it to be played on radio, but that doesn’t mean that I do not have songs which can be played on radio. I have them but they are just not being played,” she said.

Lady Bee currently has one album titled Kuti Zvityise and it carries 18 songs.

Some of the songs include Babamukuru on which she collaborated with another female dancehall sensation, Lady Squanda.

Other songs include Vari kungokuma and Pamoyo Nepanzvimbo.

Explicit or hardcore lyrics are mainly associated with dancehall music and they can be traced back to Jamaica.

In the past there have been debates on whether the artistes should be allowed to continue selling explicit lyrics as they were accused of promoting moral decay in communities.

According to freemuse.org of Jamaica in 2010 there was a police crackdown on hard-core content recorded by artistes.

The website states that in February 2009 the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica banned all songs with violent and explicit sexual lyrics from the airwaves in the country.

It further states that 19 months later, dancehall stars were reported to have begun changing the messages in their music.

Drug-related violence, street fighting and shootings were mostly being attributed to violent lyrics musicians portray in their songs in Jamaica.

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