Popular dancehall musician Seh Calaz has made a surprise but bold affirmation of opposition chief Nelson Chamisa’s leadership, joining an emerging list of local artists who have come out in condemnation of the Zimbabwean status quo.
Calaz, born Tawanda Mumanyi, made his pro-Chamisa vows while wishing the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader a happy birthday.
Chamisa turned 44 this Wednesday.
“I would like to wish @nelsonchamjsa, Happy Birthday to the man with the task of securing a future for our generation and that of our children. May the Lord bless you with wisdom and patience and a long memory that will always remember how our generation suffered.#Shotreipapo,” wrote the Chek Check chanter on his Twitter handle.
Judging by the messages that accompanied his post on its thread, a lot of Zimbabweans seemed to approve of the musician’s bold stance.
@Vincentvimbai said, “We are heading somewhere great …. musicians are finally siding with masses” while @Kugadzirisanyi1 also praised the Mbare entertainer saying, “Zvaakumaker sense now, thanks SC for this need more and more musicians to Come out and Sing for freedom, Our future is being LOOTED takatarisa Nana Java MBUDZI idzi povo ichi chema”.
@PManzvimbo wtote, “Powerful that’s the spirit we want from musicians while @BennySakutukwa said “Thank you Calaz for standing on the truth and with the people of Zimbabwe. Never be intimidated by anyone.”
Boss Yala, as he is popularly known in the music circles, joins Urban Grooves pioneering sensation Sanii Makhalima’s brave affirmation recently for Chamisa to become the next leader.
However, the stance taken by the musicians in endorsing a Zanu PF arch-rival could come at a cost to both their personal safety and careers as some local artists perceived to have been critical of the current establishment have either been physically attacked or had their music banned from Zanu PF controlled radio stations.
Sungura king Leonard Zhakata, whose music is mixed with political satire, had a spell in which his songs were not played on local radio stations.
Similarly, Zimdancehall superstar Winky D was pelted with bottles by suspected Zanu PF hooligans before he could perform his controversial hit song, “Kasong KeJecha” in Kwekwe 2018.
The title KaSong KeJecha appeared to embrace the then MDC Alliance’s slogan ‘kudira jecha’.
Jah Prayzah and Killer T were also detained for more than four hours at RGM International Airport last September upon touch down from Cape Town, South Africa where they had performed for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s political archenemies.