Majongwe to drop 'vote fraud' album

HARARE - Chimurenga musician Raymond Majongwe is set to unveil his 32nd album titled Nikuv.

The album is due for release early this year.

The burly Dhiziri paChinhoyi singer told the Daily News that the upcoming project was inspired by the “shocking outcome” of last year’s watershed elections.

“I am not going to pre-empt the contents of the album Nikuv at this moment but it is ready and was inspired by the outcome of last year’s general election,” he said.

The album will be recorded at Monolio Studios and will be produced by veteran producer Clive ‘Mono’ Mukundu.

Majongwe is one of the artiste who addresses social and political ills through songs.

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general once said music that explores love and sex is as useless as dead animals as music must be a voice of the voiceless in society, questioning all forms of injustice and demanding answers.

Prior to the album in the pipeline, the protest artiste had released Bhora Musango which was also inspired by the then prevailing political situation.

On Bhora Musango, he features his 15-year-old daughter Ruvimbo.

The burly musician said it was dangerous to be a protest artiste in Zimbabwe.

The genre requires dedicated  artistes who are prepared to sacrifice their lives.

“I endured a lot of violence and beatings at the hands of the State security agents because of my music,” he said.

“I was arrested countless times, my body bears indelible scars and even my family was harassed at some point owing to my music career.”

Majongwe has more than 30 albums but most of them are not known to the public.

He blames the State broadcaster, ZBC, for refusing to play his music.

Some of his previous albums include Which Way Africa?, The Daily News (Singing it like it is), Dr Hasting “Kamuzu” Banda, I sing What I like, Samora Machel, Xenophobia, Mr Music Man, Musazvidzokorore Futi — Long Live President and his latest album Psalms 35, among others.

Born in Rusape in 1971, Majongwe is a fifth born in a family of eight and was inspired by Thomas Mapfumo.

 

Comments (4)

keep the fire burning young brother

Timothy Mpofu - 6 January 2014

Majongwe, I thought you congratulated Mugabe for winning the election?

stix - 6 January 2014

Mono Mukundu vehemently denied that Majongwe is recording with him. Dear reporter you could have done us justice by asking Mono if what Majongwe said was true. Adding a line, 'the veteran producer denied working on such a project' would have been fair on Mono's part.

Clive akati inhema - 6 January 2014

Majongwe has +30 unknown albums? If they are there i suggest he uploads them on you tube which has no restrictions.

inini - 8 January 2014

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