Edwin Nhukarume, Entertainment Reporter
AFRO jazz musician Hope Masike has castigated celebrities and artistes for promoting bleaching of the dark skin as she released her visuals for the single Tsubvubone which urges the black child to proudly embrace their skin.
Masike who expects her song to bring a positive change to the youths said the black child should value their nature and beauty.
“My hope is that young girls and boys watching this video grow up to be better than us, valuing every human with respect whatever their complexion. So by God, I hope the song levels things up too.
“There have been many songs about yellow bone, there are so many examples of celebrities who used to be dark before and now they are light-skinned, there are many dehumanizing sayings against dark skin that we throw about carelessly even at our children.
“My hope is that this song neutralises this and gives a fresh, exciting take on what true beauty is,” said Masike.
Masike has revealed that her latest video – Tsubvubone – is receiving a positive response from the fans who have embraced her message.
“There is a lot of love towards the video as many resonate with its message and there had been a lot of songs about yellowbones and very few, if any about the dark-skinned people too.
“My favourite comments so far are from husbands who are who are dedicating Tsubvubone to their dark-skinned wives to affirm how beautiful their other halves are to them,” she said.
The Afro jazz musician says identity is one of the major factors connected to success in arts industry as she pointed out where she got the inspiration to come up with Tsubvubone.
“My own experience with colourism, reading a lot on how one’s complexion contributes to their success in the creative industries from Hollywood to good old Harare, watching friends and relatives spend a lot pf money on toxic chemicals in efforts to look lighter and my genuine love for dark skin,” she told H-Metro.
Masike said her song is not enough to enlighten the dark skinned people about their colour, and therefore believes the art industry has a huge role to play.
“No one product could ever exhaust this theme. It’s a theme that has been so underrepresented in the past.
“Therefore, we still need more songs, poems, films, books etecetera to keep celebrating dark skin until colourism becomes so old-fashioned that we will be talking about it in the past tense,” said Masike.
Tsubvubone is the first video that Masike has directed on her own. DOP (director of photography) was Farai Kuzvidza. Choreographer was Ndomupaishe Chipendo. Make up artist was Gamu Manyika of Makeup by Gamu. The dress that she appears wearing in the last half of the song was designed by Tapiwa Zandile Mudekunye of Yanai.
Tsubvubone was produced by Norwegian, Erik Nylander. The music was recorded by Mono Mukundu of Monolio Studios in Harare and also by Erik Nylander of Monkeybar Studio in Norway.
Musicians that helped with backing vocals on Tsubvubone include Derek Mpofu and Elisha Herema. Othnell Mangoma was on percussion and Abel Mafuleni on mbira nhare.
Meanwhile, Masike has a second poetry anthology called Dhuku Rangu on the way. She also has a second single off the next album that will be released soon, and she has promised the release of her fourth this year.