Mukanya's Macheso remarks stir debate

HARARE - Veteran Chimurenga musician Thomas Mapfumo stirred controversy with his remarks on television towards sungura giant Alick Macheso.

Mukanya, as the musician is fondly known, speaking on national television said he and the late Oliver Mtukudzi were the only internationally recognised musicians, dragging Macheso’s name in the process.

“Vanoziikanwa chete ndini na Oliver, vamwe avo vana Macheso vanogumira kunana England… (Oliver and I are the only internationally known musicians, the likes of Macheso have only gone as far as England),” he said in a video clip circulating online.

This has attracted widespread criticism with people online saying he could have made his point without naming any musician.

Several people including musicians and renowned journalists believe Mukanya went overboard in emphasising his point, singling out Macheso’s name.

Others believe Mukanya was being honest and local musicians should work hard to improve their international standing and appeal.

Arts commentator Banjamin Nyandoro said it is time Mukanya occupies the gap left by Tuku and nurture artistes big or small to reach similar levels.  

“This is no longer time for Mukanya to compete with other musicians. His role now should be to occupy the gap left by Tuku and start nurturing musicians big or small to get to those levels. 

“He should take a cue from Tuku who nurtured the likes of Mbeu, Munya Matarutse, Tocky Vibes and many others. Look at the collaborations he had with various artistes. This should be his role now,” he said.

Macheso, speaking at Tuku’s burial described Tuku and Mukanya as the country’s veterans in as far as music concerned.

This resulted in many concluding that Macheso was not offended by the remarks.

As much as Mukanya is a renowned artiste, music lovers believe he is out of touch with the local industry and Macheso is holding the fort and after Tuku’s death he (Macheso) is now expected to lead the juniors.

Outspoken musician Carlos Green believes Mukanya should apologise to Macheso over his remarks.

“Mukanya should apologise to Macheso,” he said.

Macheso’s contribution in uplifting sungura music is well-documented, taking over from the late veterans such as Leonard Dembo and System Tazvida.

Norwegian guitarist Eirik Holf Walmsness has gone to the extent of making videos playing Macheso’s music and last year he was in the country, attending the musician’s shows.


Comments (4)

Thomas did act as a mature person. He acts like those small boys vachishainirana kuti hona shirt yangu yandakatengerwa yechristmas kwete yako yakaita seyekuendesa kumombe. I saw people fighting pa fuel que during christmas time. One guy was a local one and the other 4 were from south africa on holiday. They were enjoying some cool beer from their cooler box. So one said "ipai beer mufesi ari pamberi pako uyo coz muno vaakungonwa ma super iri havacharigona radhura". They startd shouting each other which resulted into fist-fighting and all localguys helped. They removed theose from south africa from the que and told them in shona" Muriimbwa dzevanhu, magwara, munogara kusouth africa uko isu kuno tichikubatirai maque, kuvhota hamuvhote moda kumirira kuti isu kana tavhota tahwina mozodzoka tagadzirisa zvose, kushaina netudoro makadii kugara matenga fuel kwenyu ikoko" To my opinion its the same thing with Mapfumo. He has been away for quite long but music muno naMacheso iyeye has been flourishing like hell.He stays far away and he doesnt VOTE. Akutomirira Macheso kuti avhote then he comes back. Mapfumo should apologise to Macheso - period.

grace mubi - 31 January 2019

I meant to say Thomas Mapfumo didnt act as a mature person.

grace mubi - 31 January 2019

I meant to say Thomas Mapfumo didnt act as a mature person.

grace mubi - 31 January 2019

Gudo guru peta musweee vadiki vakutye Vanonyanya kuzozvikudza sekuru ava pese pavanotaura He should lead by example for as much as humbleness is concerned ,vanodzidza chii maUpcoming artist from your words sezvo murimi masara saSekuru vemusic

Clemence Maguta - 31 January 2019

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