Clive Malunga Zim music Matrix
I HAVE noticed that Zimdancehall music has been receiving a lot of airplay on many local radio stations.
This is despite the fact that most of its songs are vulgar.
The Broadcasting Services Act Chapter [12:06], gives the responsibility to broadcasters to ensure that material given airplay conforms to the norms and values of the nation.
I sometimes wonder whether the sexually-explicit chants and crude incitement to drugs that we hear in some Zimdancehall songs is a portrayal of our culture.
I urge the broadcasting authorities to seriously carry out their mandate and block culturally unpalatable songs from our airwaves, for the protection of our children and future.
I also challenge Zimdancehall artists to reinvent their genre and make it cleaner by desisting from smoking marijuana and singing songs which attack our values.
I agree that Zimdancehall artists have a right to express their thoughts, opinions and feelings as guaranteed in our constitution.
But, they can surely do so in a morally-upright manner.
I have noted that most Zimdancehall artists are fly-by-night artists, who lack seriousness, hence their recklessness.
Therefore, strong regulation is required to ensure that children are not exposed to their vulgar lyrics.
Locally, dancehall music was popularised by Trevor Hall and Cedric Steele, who emigrated into this country, from Jamaica.
I have observed that many youths of Zimbabwe’s urban areas find great entertainment value in this type of music.
However, I take great exception when the genre is associated with, and tends to promote, vices of prostitution and drug abuse.
I urge my fellow artists to borrow only the good from a foreign genre and leave out the harmful things like weed smoking.
Even in Jamaica, where dancehall music originated, the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica introduced some strong censorship of the genre to stop the use of vulgar lyrics (Freemuse: 2014).
Songs, which contain obscenities, cannot be played on television or radio in Jamaica.
The same must apply here.
One of the negative offshoots of dancehall music is the use of the name “Yahweh” when musicians of that genre greet each other.
Yahweh is God’s name and vainly throwing it around like that is blasphemous.
We must have high reverence for the Most High as a nation.
Musicians should do their research and think seriously before crowning themselves with names which are holy.
We want to be a nation with dignity.
Contrary to the instruction of Christ in Matthew 10:8, where He categorically states that ‘Freely you have received, freely you must give’, some gospel preachers and musicians are merchandising and commercialising God’s word.
As I see it, many (if not all) gospel artists, seem to have abandoned the foundation upon which the church is founded in brazen pursuit of economic interests.
If gospel music is primarily for evangelism, then it must be provided to members of the public free of charge.
Selling gospel music necessarily excludes those, who have no money to buy the music, from consuming the gospel message.
When gospel music was introduced as a saleable commodity, the argument was that musicians were incurring huge costs in the production of the music.
Therefore, (as the argument went), the product should take care of the expenses of the production stages.
At one time ,I approached the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Mr Mashingaidze, offering Jenaguru Music Studio free of charge to all gospel musicians.
I still offer my studio free of charge to all gospel musicians for they have the important duty to disseminate the gospel to the world, on condition they will distribute the music free of charge.
The gospel must be free to all citizens of the earth.
Our music must expose economic manipulators who conveniently pose as prophets.
I would also like to encourage all those who sing gospel for fun to stop doing so.
Gospel music should be strictly to praise God, thank God and to inform and educate people so that we become a holy nation.
As a Christian nation, we cannot be at the forefront of bringing disrepute to the church.
I believe discussing the issues I have raised in this article is part of the broader goal of determining our destiny, a sacred duty we cannot delegate to anyone but ourselves.
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