Controversial preacher and music promoter Passion Java has declared his unambiguous love for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, adding that he personally instructed Koffi Olomide to say the Zimbabwean leader’s name in the middle of the song, ‘Patati Patata’ the Congolese Rhumba chanter recently co-produced with local music star Rockford Josphats aka Roki.
Roki, undoubtedly the poster boy of the early 2000s Urban Grooves blitz on local radio stations, came under fire from some local music lovers for what they found as an ill-advised decision to punctuate his sound with political innuendos.
The song, sponsored and produced under Passion Java Records, also featured Tanzania’s Rayvanny.
Speaking in an interview with ZBC’s PowerFM, Java was unapologetic in declaring his love for Mnangagwa.
“Zimbabweans you have to understand something simple. I love President Emmerson Mnangagwa, I love him; zvekudaro. Akandibhilivhisa ndikabhilivha,” he said.
Java said Mnangagwa’s successes have to be celebrated adding that he was using his own influence on a section of the population to highlight the Zanu PF number one’s achievements.
He said he instructed Olomide to mention President Mnangagwa’s name in the song.
In the song, Olomide murmurs, “ED Mnangagwa, number one” once.
♥️♥️Passion Java is lit🔥🔥🔥
Hanzi I LOVE my President @edmnangagwa 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾
His successes are immeasurable
Hopeless Chimkonyo anoita munhikwi nehasha nhasi🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/1pE9l74PSW
— Charlene Shumba (@CharleneShumba) August 12, 2021
Meanwhile, responding to the criticism on Roki, Zanu PF said through its Twitter handle that those who have found time to criticise local artists are often reluctant to support their toil within the tough music business.
“Most of the attackers merely love the artists but have never promoted their hustle, never attended their shows, or bought their music…”
Attacks on Zimbabwean artists by the opposition are growing
Most of the attackers merely love the artists but have never promoted their hustle, never attended their shows, or bought their music, kungoda munhu, then claim the person should support yo cause the way u want, madness pic.twitter.com/icMH5ERTni
— 🇿🇼 ZANU PF PATRIOTS 🇿🇼 (@zanupf_patriots) August 12, 2021