HARARE - Zimbabwean artistes have been invited to collaborate with their counterparts from other southern African countries on an anti-xenophobia song.
The initiative is the brainchild of Afrika Revenge’s Willis WaTaffi and radio personality Zandile ‘Zaza’ Ndlovu who are currently mobilising artistes from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and Zambia to feature on the song.
Artistes set to feature on the song include Jah Prayzah, Cynthia Mare, Ammara Brown, Albert Nyathi, Sandra Ndebele, Dino Mudondo, Alick Macheso, Tererai Mugwadi, Afrika Revenge, CCAP Mbare, Mzoe7, Sabastian
Magacha, Pastor G and BaShupi.
Zaza confirmed her role in the initiative.
“Willis came up with the initiative to not only use musicians but to get various people in the arts industry to come and speak out against xenophobia,” she said
“We are working with musicians, poets, visual artists and filmmakers.He asked me to manage the process and use my network of artists in Africa.”
South African hip-hop star Cassper Nyovest who is scheduled to perform in Bulawayo this weekend is expected to contribute to the song.
“I am part of the team working on the Cassper Nyovest tour. And I suggested to the lead promoter, Dee Nosh to get Cassper on the song.Cassper was delighted to work with us,” said Zaza.
“Dee Nosh then suggested his other artists and we got Mampi on board. Willis has mainly handled the Zimbabwean artists while I am handling regional artists.”
Zaza, who attended the South African Music Awards (Sama), is trying her best to bring many South African stars on board.
“I used the opportunity of being at the Samas to talk to various artists and got the likes of Lira, Bucie, Malaika, DJ Cleo, Loyiso Bhala and others to join in the campaign.
“They already were scheduled to record their own song as SA artists but they welcomed the initiative to work with us. Our message is definitely going stronger and spreading across Africa,” she said.
“Each artiste is writing their own lyrics from their hearts. Our job is to collectively and creatively bring all their voices together tomake a beautiful song about a really tragic plague that has adversely affected us all.”
Zaza is not in favour of plans to boycott concerts featuring South African musicians.
“As much as people want to boycott SA artistes’ gigs, we rather prefer that they come and we use their presence to spread the message of zero tolerance to xenophobia. Together we make an even bigger impact,” she said.
Although several local musicians including Jah Prayzah, BaShupi and Dr Clarence have already recorded songs condemning the xenophobic attacks, the song mooted by Willis WaTaffi and Zaza will clearly be the biggest.
Plans for the anti-xenophobic song come at a time when just 400 Zimbabweans have been repatriated from South Africa from an estimated 3 million resident in that country