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Musician attacks graft


MUTOKO-BASED musician Emmanuel Manyati has joined the fight against corruption with the release of his single Vatiurayira Nyika.


Manyati adds his artistry to put up a scathing attack on the scourge.

“Corruption is the enemy of development and of good governance and as a musician, I have decided to use my music talent to preach the evil of it,” Manyati said.

“The enthusiasm came when I realised that corruption has become harmful affecting the majority especially the youths who are regarded as the future leaders.”

Manyati joins fellow musicians including Chimurenga music guru Thomas Mapfumo who used his music to combat corruption that has seen the country losing billions of dollars to underhand dealings by connected businesspeople and the political elite at the expense of the ordinary people.

“We must be united against corruption and on the artistic side I am calling upon fellow musicians to not only sing about love, but also compose songs that denounce vices that affect the majority without fear or favour,” he said.

Manyati said he conceived the idea of singing about corruption after learning about the Willowgate, Asiagate and the recent Salarygate.

Some of the lyrics in the song (translated) say: “ . . .the country is full of people who are corrupt, looting our money as if there is no tomorrow . . .. . . the economy is depleted and we are in tears of sorrow, their minds are shallow, their visions are narrow if you don’t arrest them I will bring my arrow . . .”
Manyati said the song will be accompanied by a video which is already being shot.

The musician made his entry onto the scene last year with the release of his debut eight-track gospel album Uchaponeswa.

He is currently riding high with a track Munamato Wangu that he said was also composed for the nation.

“I composed this song after I realised that most people sing and pray for their own problems, but forgetting to pray for the nation,” he said.

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