By Lance Guma
Two fired up musicians originally from Zimbabwe are breaking new ground in South Africa with what they say is a musical quest to ‘open up democratic space’ back home.
Afro hip hop artists Mzokozoko and Bulls Eye who came together last year in January under the group name X-Communicated, have pre-released three singles from their forth-coming album, Voice of the Voiceless.
The singles Sunungurai Mawoko, Chinja and MDC are available for free download on Soundcloud. Their message is that Zimbabweans should rise above ‘petty yet detrimental political bickering’ for the greater good of the nation.
Mzokozoko is from the V.ISquared entertainment stable founded by Vusumuzi Ncube and Sithandazile Mathe, both also from Zimbabwe. Mzokozoko originally from Bulawayo is most known for his song Mqabuko Nkomo: My Hero, a song made at Radio Dialogue and managed by Zenzele Ndebele.
Mzokozoko who is a former entertainment writer for the Umthunywa newspaper told Nehanda Radio that he is disgruntled that his song became somewhat of an anthem at Zanu PF gala’s without either prior consultation or his consent, and up to today, he has not received even a penny or any credit.
Mzokozoko has been in the music industry for 15 years and worked with the likes of Jah Seed (Bongo Maffin), Admiral, Major E, Otis ‘The Flow’ Frazer, Sipho Sithole a.k.a. Rantoboko, Mr Howard Mad Fingers(U.K.), Dave Campos, (D Rex) Mandla Spikiri and Bruce Sebitlo (Kalawa).
Meanwhile new kid on the block Bulls-eye is from Harare and is a potent hip-hop artist. So potent that he has diversified his craft and featured on some kwaito songs while rapping. Bulls-eye is also currently working on his debut album to be released soon.
Both artists had nothing but praises for their producer, Isaac Sande a.k.a. Iyck D who also hails from Zimbabwe. Also featured on the album Voice of the Voiceless is the voice of up-coming South African gospel sensation Ntombo Sindiso Xhelisilo from Queenstown, Eastern Cape.
The album, whilst highly entertaining, addresses some very pertinent issues faced by many Zimbabweans.
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