'Zim does not love its own talent'

HARARE - Buffalo Souljah, a Zimbabwean dancehall artiste based in South Africa is saddened because he is better appreciated in a foreign land than in his homeland.

Despite winning five Channel O awards and one Sound city award hosted by a Nigerian organisation, Buffalo Souljah remains unrecognised in Zimbabwe and hardly ever gets invitations to partake in local festivals.

“Zimbabwe is a country that does not appreciate its own talent”, said Buffalo Souljah whose real name is Thabani Ndlovu.

“The reception I get here in South Africa is different from the one I get in Zimbabwe either on stage or when I just come into the country”.

Buffalo Souljah says he is only known by people who have access to DStv channels MTV Base, Channel O and Trace. “After realising that my music was only accessible on the DStv channels I pushed Zimbabwean stations to play my music; but they gave me an amazing response. They told me they could not play my music because they don’t have it.

“It shocked me because they play music by foreign stars such as P Square, Zahara etc. It got me wondering if they (the foreign artistes) had come to the radio stations to drop their CDs in person.

The way they accessed the foreign artistes’ music should be the same they can access mine”.

The dancehall star hopes someday he will be invited to perform during the annual Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa).

“I have never received a single Zimbabwean award and I have never been invited to Hifa” he said.

Despite lack of recognition in his homeland, Buffalo Souljah won’t tire from assisting fellow Zimbabwean artistes.

“It hurts of course that I am not appreciated back home but I can’t give up because it will always remain my homeland. That is why I will keep on giving help to other Zimbabwean artistes,” he said.

Recently Buffalo Souljah assisted Nox to get his video of the song I love you get accepted on DStv video channels.

Buffalo Souljah was delighted to see Nox’s video make its first appearance on Channel O last Friday.

“This is just the beginning of our determination of our project of waving the Zimbabwean flag high” he said the 32 year old musician.

Buffalo’s track, Staera Inonyengesa which features Angola’s Cabo Snoop earned him the Most Gifted Reggae Video category award last year.

The music video, which was recorded last year in South Africa, was done in Shona and Portuguese and has a fusion of Kuduro and local Sungura dances. - Kaleen Gombera

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