Lumbidzani Dima, Chronicle Reporter
Music has been and continues to be a type of communication and like some other artwork kind, its message is usually wrapped in metaphors, grandiloquence and allegories. It may also be literal and direct, driving sure ideologies residence in an entertaining method.
Musicians whether or not as skilled artistes or simply singing cowboys, performed a important function in Zimbabwe’s liberation wrestle by their compositions that helped to drive the message residence.
Their songs didn’t solely encourage individuals and freedom fighters to proceed combating for Independence but additionally offered ideological steering.
Zimbabwe celebrated the forty second Independence anniversary yesterday and Chimurenga/Umvukela music performed a really vital function in motivating the little children who paid the supreme sacrifice for this freedom.
Music highlighted the ill-treatment of the blacks by the settler regime and due to this fact, united the lots towards the white minority administration.
Music infiltrated properties and live performance halls, military camps and authorities buildings, hospitals and factories.
Standard Zimbabwean music analyst, Professor Fred Zindi stated freedom fighters have been motivated and impressed by music composed by these within the wrestle and at residence.
The music really gave them the umph to combat on because it renewed their spirits.
“The musicians performed a really vital function through the liberation wrestle. The music inspired younger individuals and the remainder of society to take up arms and liberate themselves from colonial oppression. Musicians akin to Thomas Mapfumo who sang Tumirai Vana KuHondo and Zex Manatsa who sang protest songs akin to Nyoka Yendara and Musango Mune Hangaiawa impressed many individuals to combat for freedom,” he stated.
Prof Zindi stated musicians additionally drove the message residence about the necessity to combat for a free Zimbabwe throughout their well-attended live shows.
“Throughout the struggle musicians like Comrade Chinx emerged and so they helped quite a bit to spice up the morale of Zanla fighters.
He was a unifier, a motivator and a courageous soldier. He risked his life as he dodged bullets going from one camp to a different singing motivational songs to entertain the fighters. His songs additionally inspired the recruitment of younger individuals to hitch the liberation wrestle,” stated Prof Zindi.
In line with Prof Zindi songs like Maruza Imi gave the fighters hope that victory was sure.
Mr Fortunate Thodhlana of the Cool Crooners jazz group, who was part of the Cool Fours through the liberation wrestle, stated they needed to arise as musicians and educate the lots on settler regime’s oppression by music.
Lyrics needed to be totally revised and typically they’d to make use of codes of their music.
“It was tough throughout these days to sing concerning the settler oppression as doing so one risked being arrested and even killed. We needed to discover methods of placing throughout the message to our individuals whereas avoiding exposing ourselves to the colonialists, It was a bit awkward as a result of events akin to Zapu needed us to help to unfold the message and incite individuals to insurgent towards the regime,” he stated.
Thodhlana stated musicians have been the political mouthpieces therefore a few of them ended up being arrested for singing what the regime thought-about subversive.
Liberation struggle musician Goddy Khumalo stated being an artiste through the struggle was very tough as a result of a lot of them discovered themselves exposing the ill-treatment of blacks by the whites.
“We’d write songs that highlighted the ill-treatment of the individuals and others that inspired the liberty fighters to proceed with the armed wrestle.
I keep in mind this one music which the liberty fighters loved which had the phrases ‘sengkhumbula umama lobaba engibatshiye ekhaya kodwa ngiyophenduka ngiphethe inkululeko.’ The music gave them hope that they may return to their properties after liberating the nation,” he stated.
Khumalo stated at the moment’s musicians are persevering with with the function of speaking messages to the group at giant.