Majongwe stars in Mapfumo concert

HARARE - There were wild scenes of joy on Tuesday night when the Book Café hosted the launch of chimurenga music legend Thomas Mapfumo’s new album Danger Zone and the Tribute to Mukanya Concert.

The animated performances from various artistes on the memorable night triggered an incredible party mood normally associated with the weekend.

Jah Prayzah, as usual, delivered another top-shelf presentation but the highlight of the event was a performance by Raymond Majongwe. The burly artiste and renowned trade unionist — demonstrated that he has a genuine musical talent.

Majongwe, who had paid the highest bid of $190 at the auction of Mapfumo’s new album earlier, started on a reggae trip and unleashed several songs by Joseph Hill and Culture which included the Natty Never Get Weary, I tried and Addis Ababa.

His vocal delivery was good that even established artistes who thronged the event were busy on the crowded dance floor.

The Dhiziri PaChinhoyi singer, a self-confessed fan of Mapfumo, performed a number of hits of the chimurenga music legend. He retraced how Mapfumo evolved from being an ardent supporter of the ruling party to being one of its staunchest critics.

He performed hits like Murembo, Marondera, Nharo Hapana, Mabasa, Joyce, Nherera, Ngoma Yokwedu, Samson, Ruregerero, Corruption and Mamvemve before bringing the Mapfumo hits to an exciting finale by doing the popular song Mukadzi wemukoma.

The controversial artiste would have done a disservice to the passionate crowd had he not performed Dhiziri PaChinhoyi — a song that pokes fun at the Zimbabwean government ministers who were duped a few years ago by a controversial n’anga (traditional healer) Rotina Mavhunga into believing that there was pure diesel oozing out of a rock in Chinhoyi.

Other great performances on the night were from the talented duo of Victor Kunonga and Norman Masamba, performances by poet Chirikure Chirikure, Cynthia Mare, a duet from the Bulawayo-born Clare Nyakujara and Edith WeuTonga, Mannex, Diverse, Jairos Chabvonga and the energetic Bashupi.

There was also a dazzling presentation by upcoming songbird Rudo Chasi, the daughter of former Zimbabwe deputy justice minister Fortune Chasi who was the guest of honour at the occasion. Rudo played one of Mapfumo’s greatest love songs Ruva Rangu much to the delight of the crowd.

Before the album launch got underway, the full house listened to educationist and music critic Fred Zindi who revealed the role he played to facilitate Mapfumo’s first tour of the United Kingdom.

Thereafter, the audience listened to a pre-recorded message from Mapfumo who once again urged Zimbabwean musicians to come together and lobby government to tackle more vigorously the scourge of music piracy.

“Makamboona nyika ipi inotengesa music dollar,” he said.

On the same issue, Metro Studios director Emion Sibindi encouraged musicians to lobby government to put in place tougher sanctions against people involved in music piracy.

“Stock theft attracts much tougher sentences than music piracy. While stock theft attracts nine years those involved in music piracy can get away with community service,” said Sibindi.

In his speech, Chasi said there was need to protect the livelihoods of musicians being threatened by music piracy.

“Musicians are in a unique situation because they don’t have pensions. As such musicians must come together and lobby the government to take tougher measures against those who violate intellectual property rights because music looks after a huge number of people,” said the former deputy minister.

Comments (2)

In SA, if you are caught selling music whose origin is South Africa you pay a huge fine which puts you out of business. The police should rid riot with piracy. People nolonger want to look for formal employment but to sel music on the streets. NO NO NO NO

Bob - 19 February 2015

Thanks for the entertainment update, it's good for a change. Taneta nedzava Mutasa threatening court action and what else pasina chabuda.

Dziva - 20 February 2015

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