Taso slams Zimdancehall artistes

HARARE - Yesteryear Pantsula musician Taso has criticised Zimdancehall artistes for lacking creativity.

The artiste, who was born Shepherd Kunodziya, told the Daily News that the bulk of songs by Zimdancehall artistes are replete with trivial issues.

“I do not see any value in the new genre (Zimdancehall) as the bulk of the artistes tend to concentrate on trivial issues while ignoring real issues affecting the society. The few Zimdancehall artistes who are trying their best include Killer T.

“If one listens to Zimdancehall music, you will just hear these young artistes praising themselves. Self-glorification lyrics don’t impress me at all,” said Taso after making a rare performance at the City Sports Bar on Monday.

Taso, who has 10 albums to his name, added that Zimdancehall artistes should make the most of their popularity among the youths.

“They should learn from Killer T whose music is full of constructive messages. A musician is like a teacher and as such they should strive to educate people listening to their music.

“I encourage Zimdancehall artistes to capitalise on their popularity by teaching the young generation our cultural norms and values,” he said.

Taso recently returned to Zimbabwe after a two-year stint in Durban, South Africa.

“I have lined up an album consisting of gospel and secular songs which I plan to launch before June.

“I am now a Christian and that has influenced me to compose some gospel tracks,” he said.

Taso is now a member of Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries which is also home to First Farai and Nicholas Zakaria among others.

“Composing gospel tracks was not a challenge to me considering that my music was never too secular. I have been always composing decent songs that were influenced by gospel teachings,” he claimed.

Comments (4)

I think Taso knows $#!T bout ZIMDANCEHALL. Zim Dance Hall is a leading and Respected Genre of Music. Zim Dancehall has provided employment and means of living to our struggling youths Lets talk originality, this guy was singing Pantsula from South Africa. I know a lot of songs From Freeman, Big Man, Seh Calaz, Kinnah, Souljah Love, Elcee, Sniper that are very educative The problem with this guy is he had one or two songs that was popular. The Dancehall artists can have the whole album popular. I know of Tovaka maZimbabwe and Pandaikupfimba waindiramba what what. Only 2 songs from this guy He wasn't prominet. He never changed no society. This guy has no significance when it comes to Zim Music. But Winky has, Sniper Storm has, Freeman Has, Soul Jah Love Has, Seh Calz has

Chimedzah - 3 March 2016

Taso, ure a monument in the music arena, In actual fact, i think your statements are null void and out of order. Zimdancehall music is appealing to all ages and indead it has good messege. just a snap uchazoona kukosha kwechikorobho warasa mvura haureerere............

dnp - 4 March 2016

matuzvi music.of course morons think they are doing big deal.

vilbrams avril - 4 March 2016

Taso may not be a household name but, I'm sure the guy has raised some pertinent issues namely that these Zimdancehall artistes have a penchant for concerntrating on trivialities over and above glorifying themselves. They give themselves all sorts of undeserving titles aimed at imposing their perceived popularity or prowess upon the audience. It is important that they start concerntrating on perfecting their act and popularity will come spontaneously. They need to take a leaf from superstar, Oliver Mtukudzi's wisdom-ladden words and I quote, "It is the music that is popular, not the musician". One other thing; this idea of hurling insults at their competitors through "music" is monotonous to say the least.

Reason Manyanga - 4 March 2016

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