Protest chimurenga artiste Raymond Majongwe has released a controversial nine track album called Zimbabwe “Ndeyedu Tese.”
Majongwe, who will share the stage with chimurenga music legend Thomas Mapfumo and solo guitarist Steve ‘Dhongi’ Makoni on April 16 in Leicester, United Kingdom, said his latest album emphasises the fact that Zimbabwe should never be monopolised by a select few.
“This is my independence gift to Zimbabweans. I want to show them that we are where we are as a country because of other people’s blunders.
“Zimbabwe Ndeyedu Tese in particular targets those high- profile politicians who are governing Zimbabwe like their private company,” said Majongwe who has released over 30 studio albums most of which have been ignored by the national broadcaster because of their political content.
Songs making the album include Pamuromo, Zimbabwe Ndeyedu Tese, Amai, Havana Mari, Matsotsi, Ngozi, Tabata Muroyi, Tauya and Veruvengo.
The song Havana Mari is about individuals who acquired wealth through corrupt means. In an interview with the Daily News yesterday Majongwe said he composed the song after observing that some corrupt criminals were openly boasting about their ill-gotten wealth while responsible authorities look aside.
“Surely, how can some individuals brag of having million dollars in this economy where industries are dead?” said the 45-year-old artiste.
On Matsotsi the veteran trade unionist warned people against being hoodwinked by self-styled prophets and traditional healers “who are nothing more than thieves.”
On the track “Ngozi” re-emphasised the fact that “Zimbabwe belongs to everyone.”
“No one has the right to kill people on political grounds since the country belongs to everyone, not to certain individuals. There is no way I can sing about love when the nation is bleeding, hence I have to address issues that affect the society at large.
“Anybody who is rubbed the wrong way by the album should go hang. I do not care as long as I said it,” he said.
The Dhiziri PaChinhoyi said he would use his maiden tour of the UK to market his latest album.
“The UK concert is one of the best platforms for us Chimurenga artistes to popularise our music which is difficult to do here in Zimbabwe.
“Protest artistes in Zimbabwe are sabotaged in terms of publicity especially on state-run media outlets and that has been the case with me,” said Majongwe.
Some of his previous albums include Which Way Africa?, The Daily News (Singing it like it is), Hastings Kamuzu Banda, I sing What I like, Samora Machel, Xenophobia, Mr Music Man, Musazvidzokorore Futi—Long Live President and his latest album Psalms 35. Daily News