Zakaria shelves political album

HARARE - Veterna sungura artiste Nicholas Zakaria’s long-promised debut political album may not materialise after all.

Three months ago the “Mabvi Nemagokora” hit-maker told the Daily News that the worsening economic and political  situation had prompted him to compose political songs for the first time since he first ventured into music in 1975.

But after observing from a distance the recent spate of violence by police officers on civilians, the veteran musician is having second thoughts about the project.

Yesterday Zakaria conceded that he had significantly watered down the intended politically-charged album for fear of being victimised.

“I have decided to change many songs on the forthcoming album out of fear. The album was supposed to be released in July but I have pushed the dates to September,” said Zakaria.

To avoid angering the authorities, the sungura artiste has opted for parables.

“To those who can interpret parables, they will easily understand the messages on this album.The political messages will come in a subtle way,” said Zakaria.

When he first spoke to the Daily News on the matter, the sungura star, however, emphasised that the messages on his album are not targeting local politicians only.

“I wish I could sing in all languages spoken on this earth so that my message will be effectively heard. The ever deteriorating economic and political situation is not only affecting Zimbabwe;it is a global concern.

“My message is about urging leaders to lead by example not just mere talking while acting in opposite manner,” said the Khiama Boys front man.

If Zakaria goes ahead with the release of the political album, it could suffer the same fate as Hosia Chipanga’s latest four-track album titled “Gamba” which has been unofficially banned by radio stations due to the politically-charged messages it contains.

The title track of Chipanga’s latest album wonders how a veteran military man like General Solomon Mujuru succumbed so easily to a mysterious fire at his Beatrice farm five years ago.

Other potent songs on the album include “KwaMarange” which attacks the state for mismanaging the mining of Marange diamonds. Chipanga claims in the song that the people living near the diamond fields are poorer than they were before the gems were discovered.

On “Vendor” the controversial wordsmith says Zimbabwe has been reduced to a nation of vendors while the police have abandoned their constitutional duty of fighting crime and are now focusing on “fundraising” efforts.

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