Mukanya pulls political punch

CHIMURENGA music maestro Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo appears to have pulled a political punch if the scenes and actions by the crowd witnessed at his Homecoming Bira concert after a lengthy spell in exile on Saturday at Glamis Arena, Harare are anything to go by.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

Never one to hold back on an opinion, the Lion of Zimbabwe, as Mukanya is known to his legion of fans, was performing in the country after 14 years in exile in the US and seems to have touched off a storm with a new satirical song that urges citizens to “take the plunge” barring the consequences.

The song, Chauya Chauya (come what may) which Mukanya’s camp last week claimed it had leaked to the public before its scheduled official release as part of songs off his forthcoming album, left show-goers chanting opposition MDC-T slogans and waving the open palm symbol.

Part of the song’s lyrics speak to Zimbabwe’s dire political situation and the struggle for democracy.

“….Chauya Chauya MuZimbabwe, Kwemakore mangani tichisuffer, sarura wako waunoda, hondo iyo hondo iyo, Chauya chauya vakomana, Nhamo iyo Nhamo iyo….(whatever comes, Zimbabwe how long should we suffer. Elect your choice, this is war, whatever comes, (there) is suffering and more suffering)”.

Mapfumo fled Zimbabwe at the turn of the millennium after reports emerged that then President Robert Mugabe’s goons were after him for his political messages. Mapfumo had always released songs that rubbed the State the wrong way and his chart-stopping late 80s song Corruption was banned by authorities, while Mamvemve and Masoja neMapurisa highlighted Mugabe and the security services excesses.

Ironically, Mugabe was to be forced out of power after a military intervention last November that paved the way for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the throne in dramatic fashion.

When Mukanya performed Chauya Chauya thousands of people who attended the concert seemed to validate its lyrics as some could be seen raising their open hand palm chanting the opposition MDC-T party’s slogan which includes the, Chisa Mbama Chisa or Tshisa Mpama Tshisa as they danced to the song.

Mapfumo, a human rights defender in his own right, however claims he will not vote in the coming elections but urged the youth to take charge of their future in comments that analysts said were an endorsement of MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa’s candidature.

Reputed as one of Zimbabwe’s finest musicians, the 72-year-old Mukanya has over the years churned out music that resonated with his countrymen’s political woes at a time when pointing an accusing finger at the government was almost regarded as treasonous.


Since the beginning of his career in the 1960s, Mukanya was renowned for speaking truth to power, something he carried into independent Zimbabwe, placing him on a collision course with the authorities.

Mapfumo, who was briefly detained by Ian Smith’s Rhodesian regime for his songs including Tumirai vana Mapfumo said Zimbabwe needed “real change” following Mugabe’s ouster.

“It seems there is a little change. You understand where I am coming from. Because, if it was still the old system, I would not be here. I was not going to be here if the old man (Mugabe) was still in power,” he said.

“I am glad that there is a little change, but we need a real change in this country.”

8 Comments

  1. IF IT WASNOT FOR THIS GVT UNGADAIURI KUAMERICA UCHIIMBA CHAUYA CHAUYA KUVARUNGU SIYA MAGITARE UPINDE MUPOLITICS VAKUVOTERE

    1. #ED has my vote he stole in 2008 I have Chamisa's for 2018

      Chauya Chauya simply means we should embrace the peoples choice not necessarily a dare to war.

  2. viva chamisa viva!!!!!!!!

  3. watch you ar** thomas tafirenyika mahbunu tichatonga mukanya mapfumo was there at the show as an old skool stuff lover but did not hear nobody sing mdct so lets give accurate reports ladies and gentlemen

  4. Comment…But initially the Chimurenga guru had appeared to agree with me that Zimbabwe can benefit from both the good in ED and the good in Chamisa. Apa paakudiwa grey matter creativity. Our new unique situation and history does not lie in old or traditional solution of mere replacement political team whose political weaknesses are familiar with political team whose weaknesses are not yet familiar to the majority. Both Zanu and Mdc are Zimbabwe parties that merit opportunity for best of their services to Zimbabwe. I vote for rotating presidency between these parties for next 6 or 10 years. I do not believe there needs be irreconcilable policy differencies between ED and Chamisa. National Presidency could rotate annually between these 2 parties or any confirmed top 2 national political parties, including the Lacoste national saviors, vanamukoma genuine. It is not logical to blame a dictatorship on more than 1 individual.
    Lets have referandum endorsing this view; opportunity for direly needed nation building and reconcilliation.

  5. What surprises me is that noone sems to mention that the real reason why Mapfumo left the country was that he fled arrest for charges of car theft

    1. True, but those theft charges were fabricated by a corrupt police force. Where are the charges now?

  6. Band ra jeppy jaboon and the new patriotic front ndiro rinoda kumbo robwa chaizvo pa next interface yavanoridza. They want toand are planning to sell rotten poisonous ice cream so that people get sick and miss elections. Rovai dhongi newaya

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