Feuding Zimbabwe musicians pen songs targeted at one another

Zim News.net Entertainment Reporter

Most Zimbabwean musicians have now been known for penning songs with lyrics targeted at one another as a way to settle personal scores, in most cases this has something to do with the ‘who is the better musician’ attitude among fans and musicians alike.

For some whenever this matter is raised, what comes to their minds is the Tongai Moyo/ Alick Macheso alleged debacles.

In the case of the Moyo (Dewa)/ Macheso scenario, the two’s bone of contention was believed to be premised on that same factor. At one time it was also to do with matter were Macheso, one of the country’s finest bassist was pitted against Moyo’s then bassist Spenser Kumbulani, whom Dewa praised to be the best.

In songs believed by many to have been directed at one another Macheso once sang a song were he said it was bad to use (Mupfuhwira)‘love portions’ in love. To which Dewa countered him in his song ‘Naye’ in which he said the use of love portions in love relations or marriage was a sign of love and therefore not bad at all.

Setting this matter aside recently, Baba Harare who was Mukudzei Mukombe (Jar Prayzar)’s right hand man Braveman Chizvino (Baba Harare) from his album Chikwama Changu penned a song (Tsvimbo) that many believe to be targeted at his former boss.

In the song, Baba Harare reprimands bosses who have oppressive tendencies, who take any queries from members as a way of undermining his authority, and calls whoever brave enough to raise concern as being big headed.

“Mukapa chichemo kuti muwedzerwe mari zvinonzi wakura musoro” runs a line in the song that can be roughly translated (If you tries to engage for a pay rise, you will be labelled being big headed).

The other lyrics go to the effect that bosses should learn to treat their subordinates fairly, avoid the owner take all syndrome, and pay members reasonably. “Kana uine njiva ini ndipewo hwiza” (If you have a dove as the boss, at least give me a grass hopper/ locust).

“Not that as boss you are having champagne, while I am having Twizza (soft drink)” goes the lyrics on the track.

In most cases however, the feuding musicians have managed to remain diplomatic to public maintaining that the lyrics were not directed at each other and as for Baba Harare such statements were proved when he performed with Jar Prayzar on his album launch.

The musicians were diplomatic enough to say there was no bad blood among them.

In the reminiscent and similar fashion to the Tongai Moyo/ Alick Macheso and others, the relationship between Soul Jah Love and Seh Calaz hit all time low in 2016 when Soul Jah Love refused to perform on She Calaz’s birthday because of non-payment of cash.

At one time the two were involved in a fist fight on stage, which spilled off into the fans some getting injured, and resulted in the police firing tear gas to disperse the crowd.

In 2016 again Soul Jah Love allegedly pulled out of the Zimbabwe Music Awards ceremony at the eleventh hour after he was told that the organisers had wanted him to share the stage with Seh Calaz.

It is reported that he told ZIMA officials who wanted Dancehall artistes to perform at the awards giving ceremony that he was not going to perform with She Calaz, before he left the scene.

Be that as it may, most recently Soul Jah Love has penned a song believed to be targeted at Seh Calaz. In his latest offering Pamamonya Ipapo Love said even though others are looking down on them they were prepared to meet their rivals in the finals. “They think they won the battle but one day we will attack them with bricks,” goes the lyrics.