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No-one can argue with results – Lessons from Zhakata for opposition

By Patson Dzamara

It is a public secret that Leonard Zhakata (Lkzee) is my top favourite musician even though I am a music junkie.

Dr Patson Dzamara (Picture by Mail & Guardian
Dr Patson Dzamara (Picture by Mail & Guardian

In an unprecedented way, Lkzee was number 1, 2 & 3 on Radio Zimbabwe Coca Cola Top 50 songs of the year. Of course, some people feel he doesn’t deserve that but it is imperative to note a few things.

First and foremost, anyone from anywhere was free to vote for the songs of their choice. People voted and yes indeed Lkzee was the monumental winner.

At the same time it is also important to note that Radio Zimbabwe is the biggest radio station in Zimbabwe with the widest reach. As such it certainly represents a good enough specimen of the national sentiment.

Secondly and most importantly, it is critical to note that even though Lkzee is not loud and rumbustious like most musicians he still has a strong following. His support base is proved by the results.

For instance, Jah Prayzah is touted as the man of the moment but he only got slightly over 5000 votes whereas Zhakata got over 100 000 votes.

What can’t be disputed is the fact that indeed Jah Prayzah has proved his mettle and he is riding high but that has not transmuted in numbers in this particular case. This is a good case study for political and leadership students.

Zhakata doesn’t even post on social media that much but he has proved the importance of consistency and grassroots support.

By the way, even last year Zhakata’s Dhonza Makomborero was number 1 too.

As we head towards the crunch elections in 2018, we can certainly draw some lessons from this.

ZANU PF doesn’t at all rely on social media. It relies on its massive and deeply entrenched structures. Like or hate it, ZANU PF is a well oiled and resourced machine whose support base is well regimented.

They don’t make all the noise we make on social media but they work on their structures at times using unorthodox means. The bottomline is that we must accept the fact that Zimbabwean politics is not done on social media.

What we do on social media is just a minute catalyst. We must never get fooled by likes. Social media hits are just but that, nothing more, nothing less. If we do not work hard on the ground, ZANU PF is going to win resoundingly in 2018 without even engaging in ‘ballot box’ rigging.

When that happens, of course, we will feel robbed just like some people are feeling right now after Zhakata’s feat.

Ladies and gentlemen, no-one can argue with results. They are stubborn but they are worked for. Victory is not accidental, it’s a product of strategy and hard work.

On that note, I say makorokoto Baba VaChamu naKanotonga, mugoni vebasa, mu giant pamunyati, mutunga dzose, Leonard Zhakata. Madadisa mudhara and u gave us a good lesson.

  • That’s true

  • So is this an admission that #thisflag and #tajamuka have dismally failed?

    • It’s not an admission of any sort it’s just an unbiased analysis of a situation at hand

  • Zvine nharo

  • Hapana top 50 yakadaro. Zbc are back to the Eric night days. It’s a robbing peter to pay John game

  • Zhakata have a sense of timing, he uses a source between his head and transform it into success. That man is indeed a good thinker.

  • While the perspective outlined above sound relevant. I however believe it is a bit simplistic. I follow most musucians who post on fbk some of those never posted inviting votes. I believe there are a number of intervening factors behind Zhakata’s dominance. Yu can never describe it from a one dimensional perspective. May be because the statement sought to send a certain political idea I could thus somehow consider it politically sound bt largely I blelieve it needs to be reconsidered as far as the music industry is concerned…

  • Zhakata managed to harness the resources surrounding him to establish victory

  • I never had chance to listen to this top 50 thing, I you saying zhakata was number 1? If it’s tru the then I don’t apologize if say the station has gone to the dogs. Who voted for a song which he/she’s not playing. Truly speaking who had played zhakata’s songs. Hashhash you’re trying to inject life into a dead horse.

    • hausi kuziva zvirikuitika ndakuona LKZ is my fav Musician but ukaita analysis yako properly kubva paakatanga kuenda kuUFI arikuita maNumber one resoundingly coz vanhu vacho varikuvhota in numbers kwete zvishoma just to support their man

    • hausi kuziva zvirikuitika ndakuona LKZ is my fav Musician but ukaita analysis yako properly kubva paakatanga kuenda kuUFI arikuita maNumber one resoundingly coz vanhu vacho varikuvhota in numbers kwete zvishoma just to support their man

    • Did you vote?

    • Good question Martin Magidi.

    • True, we are tired of people who always cry foul over results of a process that they didn’t participate in

    • am Zora fan i enjoyed one song Madam boss only this whole album is a disgrace .fans voted I know, I never bothered I hv a handful of fans who are very supportive of him than I am but they condemned his new way of doing music…numbers dnt lie its true most of these voted for LKZ not for LKZ’s songs bcoz ummmm those were the worst compositions ever its like he was forced to record and release…to say that UFIC has had an impact on his music I say yes it had negative impact and effect on his musical career.Show attendance, lyrical composition vocal projection instruments all not what this guy used to do before …he has actually declined… of coz Awards can be rigged too i remember Magacha getting an award in a category in which he wasn’t a nominee..its zim if u dnt like how we do things then pretend not to care…and pretend to enjoy!!

    • Where n th world r u living Musiiwa?, unotoratidza kuti hauna chaunotombhoziva hako uri musango

    • Where n th world r u living Musiiwa?, unotoratidza kuti hauna chaunotombhoziva hako uri musango

    • Where n th world r u living Musiiwa?, unotoratidza kuti hauna chaunotombhoziva hako uri musango

    • Where n th world r u living Musiiwa?, unotoratidza kuti hauna chaunotombhoziva hako uri musango

    • some lyrics from zvine mwaka( by the way the song was number 2) ” kurwadziwa naye kuzvidzimba moyo haupore idi haupore”.musarwadziwe guys Zhakata kumberi sechair yamufundisi

    • Musarwadxiwe moyo bachamu kuseri

  • Zbc ngaikwane kuita huori ne top 50 yese? pane akapihwa mari chete apo munhu kuita number 1 to number 3.Jah Prazah kuiswa ku 20???? kana akaita ma awards akadayi handiende.

    • who did you vote for?? how many times?

    • Regedza kuenda baba chamu zvazvinhu

    • When Macharangwana made it in 2014,most pple were saying it was the the best song of the year,nw zvashata bcoz ndiZhakata

    • Kana mavakuti computer yabirira zvavekutyisa. For your own information, there’s auditing b4 going on air. Mange makavhota here. Kana musina maida kuti ahwine nevote yaani

    • Nonsence budhi ba chamu kuseri

  • DZIDZAI
    Power FM number one song – 754 votes (JENNIFER LOPEZ).
    Radio Zimbabwe number one song – 104 046 votes (LEONARD ZHAKATA).
    Do the maths and learn hama dzangu for 2018. Do you see the disparity and margin pama numbers apo? Zimbabwe is bigger than Harare weduwe. Not only that, those in Harare don’t like to vote.

    • comments like, ”Tovhoterei isu tichingobirirwa” pisses me off. people should learn to speak through action and thus registering and voting.

    • Numbers aren’t always truthful.Imwe station inopamhidzira na number kuti inzi ine vatereri vakawanda.And voting for Zhakata’s song on a chart show is different from voting under duress for a ruling party that will never concede defeat nomatter what the numbers say

    • thank u Dzamara,people can also check Zhakata fan page n whatsap group ndokune nyaya yese after all hez a living legend

    • Dzamara are you sayin even when you produce the worst product its fine for pipo to vote for you and feel its best? Then what lessons are to be drawn from it when its obvious?

    • Dzamara are you sayin even when you produce the worst product its fine for pipo to vote for you and feel its best? Then what lessons are to be drawn from it when its obvious?

  • Zhakata os way past his prime.Couldn’t even finish listening to that Madam Boss song.That is not the Zhakata i know

  • So politicians should learn from Zhakata?

  • Mmmm! Guys but why number one is number finish don’t talk to much mmmmm!! No matter what but this year LKZ is number one if u say macheso is the king of sungura but this year is not for him finish this year is for LKZ guys why??

  • well oiled machine…really??

  • Can anyone post the songs want to hear them

  • Kkkkk iwe Patson Dzamara uyu agara achigonaka uyu iwe kana uchiti unoda kugona saye panezvakowo zvaunoita ita tione kana zvisingarovese.

  • Haaaa hapana zviripo apa futseki daylyt robary PJ ndakamaka

  • The difference between Zhakata and other musicians is that he concentrates most on the message and depth of the song rather than ngwinjiringwinjiri yemagitare like song yaMacheso inozonzi wandirangaridza chegore riya chaiva chii? Zhakata takes you thru a song like a poem which you take long to understand let alone the poetic words which you take long to sing along thereby creating interest.

    • Hanzi gwinjirigwinjiri kkkk

    • KUDA you are on point bro.

    • Asi urivekuChurch yaZhakata here

    • No ndiri mupositori Mugodhi Apostolic Faith Church

    • Wabaya diro nemumukanwa

    • Zhacky akatadza guys bt he did a Trump magic only akaridza kumakereke and vanhu vakamuona ikoko vanhu vasingazive magitare they liked him and voted

    • that Madam Boss song is rubbish.You are talking about the Zhakata of old kwete izvi.I think Macheso is more successful than Zhakata in the industry

    • Zhakata indofo pamangoma

    • M talking about the whole album no 1 song

    • haaaa baba shero kwaakuseri

    • haaaa baba shero kwaakuseri

    • That song is actually bad chokwadi chakanaka. Zhakata pabeat akatozvidhakwirwawo

    • Kuda you just made me laugh
      #ngwinjiringwinjiri 😅😅

    • wanga watanga nyaya yako zvakanaka bt wazorasika pakuti song yamacheso haina meaning,ipapo ndopatopesana

    • Varaidzo Mitchelle Chabhongora ngwinjiringwinjiri yega yega for Macheso hapana kana song yekutti you can follow the script and make a meaning out of it. Imagine song yatanga ichinZi mumhuri hapashayi anotodzera zvaiitwa natete kana hama ipi zvayo pedzezvo yatova chorus wandirangaridza chegore riya chii chacho

    • Munopenga bachamu kuseri

    • pliz don’t hate Zhakata. all I can say is that he worked very on that Mutungadzose project. hatidi Vanhu vane godo maZimbabweans

    • pliz don’t hate Zhakata. all I can say is that he worked very on that Mutungadzose project. hatidi Vanhu vane godo maZimbabweans

    • Mmmm! Guys sorry LKZ is the man behind the man LKZ is the best mmmmmm guys why to much joules shem no matter what waht u say macheso is the king of sungura but but this year is not for him finish this year is for LKZ finish i salute LKZ the man
      behind the music

    • Mmmm! Guys sorry LKZ is the man behind the man LKZ is the best mmmmmm guys why to much joules shem no matter what waht u say macheso is the king of sungura but but this year is not for him finish this year is for LKZ finish i salute LKZ the man
      behind the music

  • apa mupfana @DrPatson ataura chokwadi chero azongoti rasikei pamwe kumborohwa kwaakaitwa mazuva apera hahahaha

  • True lkz makaipa

  • hondo yeminda yaChings yakaita number 1 zvamunoziva pa2000 apo kuvhota kana kusavhota zvakafanana vana Jah P tiri kuvaona padish apo via Africa kwete Zim kkkkkkkkkkkk paka rijiwa.

  • All political parties in Zim are poor @ using social media Blaming social media activism 4poor political strategy is misplaced

  • opposition has always lost to Zanu-PF b4 the coming in of Social media. Why make social media front & centre of your argument?

  • Makore evapfana vembanje akapfuura vana Cheso power, this era tinotarisa message iri musong not magitare waya waya sevapfana veNdolwane kuti unxwe kuti zviri kumbonzii chii agh unotoshaya.

  • dzanyanyonakidza zvakaita seyko nziyo dzemunhu one kuteedzana kudaro ,

  • #1-#6 only 2 musicians what kind of a competition voting criteria is dhakwaz

  • Leonard had been and will be the centre of all desires . He had shown the nation his political maturity and on the side of entertainment has left no stone unturned. We have a very bright future with this musician Mark my words. To those with ears let them hear . To those who listen to rebuke let them go with whirlwind.

    • He is politically telling government the truth that’s why some of his songs are not playing on air tsvimbo dzehumambo kuzvarwa kwemutumwa great songs

  • pakabirirwa apa

  • Ndokut simbi,Baba vaChamu munovadii.LKZ for Genuine&meaningful music.

  • Zhakata is not my favourite musician but his song he sings about nyaya yehumambo is just great the msg is so powerfull

  • No! No! No! Guys who’s playing zhakata these day. I had been in private cars, big buses, commuter omnibuses, bars, bottle stores, nightclubs , growth points, city centres and nearly every part of the nation and I never heard anything like Madam boss being played. So you’re very serious to say he was the best?????? Huori huripachena uho.

    • Kuridzwa mubusa kana kwaurikutaura kwese hakuba basa chine basa mavotes

    • true philip

    • Vari kuridza mumabus that doesn’t mean they are going to vote shaa.

    • Besides anoridza mu bus ndidriver not the seventy or so passengers who r forced to listen even vasingade

    • LKZ

    • Wakatosarawo iwe saka ukasanzwa music mubar kana mukoimbi woti munhu haagone . Kana tichishaura batai mazwi kuitira mangwana inga makaudzwa kare wani inonzi zola music shaa

    • Aaa isu tinayo ndisu takavhota but lm not a ufi.l hve been following Zhakata since 90’s wether zvabhowa zvarwadza but l like his music becoz he sings zvine meaning.Chatinotevera is his message.lm based here in botsi but Zhakata tinongo mutevera chete.lf you join his social platforms ndo pauchabata chokwadi kuti Makandiwa haasi Mwari.Zhakata knws kuti ane train yesuport so kutaura kushora aaaa kupedza nguva.kurwadziwa naye kuzvidzimba moyo haupore idi haupore.Muma platform groups ake tinoto kurudzirana zvakanaka, buying orig cds, voting for him & supporting his shows.Ende hakuna zvekutukana we even talk zvevamwewo vaimbi nekuti ati shore vanwe.according to wht we learn from zora music.So Zhakata have good educated fans, uye hatipaparike just like him he is so humble man.Eish we are wht we are becoz of his good music and educative messages.

    • thank u Sembewa ,Zhakata c fan page and whatsap group is better than face book yeZimbabwe…..i was talking wt him pa xmas eve hez too good to resist

    • garbage song

    • I think Zhakata is the best musician at the moment. in bars and night clubs people need noise and guitar and not message. Zhakata has the message and not the noise such that playing his music in bars can lead some people to think deep and cry. I saw some one drunk crying after the DJ played kugaroro shandira kufidha homwe dzewakakuguta ndichitadza kuwakisawo musha wangu une chimiro.

    • I think Zhakata is the best musician at the moment. in bars and night clubs people need noise and guitar and not message. Zhakata has the message and not the noise such that playing his music in bars can lead some people to think deep and cry. I saw some one drunk crying after the DJ played kugaroro shandira kufidha homwe dzewakakuguta ndichitadza kuwakisawo musha wangu une chimiro.

    • Hanzi have been everywhere handina kunzwa Zhakata kkkk. Ndozvamuchaita next year kuti ndakaenda kuchigayo nekumaqueue ekubank hakuna aida zanu yawina sei

    • “I hv been in private cars”kkkkkk tsano musati kana musina radio mofunga kuti vamwe hawasi kufamba nebhora.hw can you be in all those places at once.pawaiburuka mkomb pamwe inenge yapera kuridzwa mubhawa.kkkkkk

    • Kkkk handitozivi anomboita nezvei

  • Rigging at its best.

  • Cha Zhakata chinoridzwa kupiko? Musanyepere vanhu mhani time yake Yana hupenyu mutoro no one disputed not izvi. Sei vanhu muchisiya Dead BC ichivhara vanhu pachena. Best thing must shake up the nation like what Jah prayzer is doing. I don’t buy lies.

  • How can someone vote for a music he/she’s not listening to?

    • Mazimba tine problem we are good at analysing bt afterall we dont vote

  • lilo

    vangataura zvavanodo makadadisa mdara sando dzenyu

  • Grassroots support inobvepi when people are blatantly told that votinh for certain candidates will lead to bloodshed? This false equivalence won’t help your cause, Zhakata works under different conditions compared to Morgan Tsvangirai.You can’t seriously think there are parallels between a pop star’s marketing gimmicks and a politician’s electoral campaign.There are no repercussions for voting for certain songs on a hit parade but there are dire consequences for voting for opposition politicians.Remember 2008?

  • Chakabuda rinhi chaZhakata ichocho kkkkk chisingarinzwe nevamwewo haaahaha vekuChurch ndivo vakavhota maybe coz Zhakata chaiye achidiwa nani

  • Sakunatsa

  • Sure titumirei vari kuziva nzimbo dzacho Zhakata ndizvi

  • ndipeiwo ndimbonzwa number 1 madam boss yaZhakata ndinzwe kuti zvakanakidza papi kkkkk

  • He serves under the Prophetic annointing

  • Dr i like your analysis u bring things into simplicity evn the kids cn alaign well

  • At one time he dropped to #4 n guess wht the zora fans voted like mad dogs back to #1.when top 50 voting was announced they abandoned top 20 and targetted top 50 wth Mutunga macheso slogan…..so tactical

  • Zhakata always sings sence

  • I think Zhakata is the best musician at the moment. in bars and night clubs people need noise and guitar and not message. Zhakata has the message and not the noise such that playing his music in bars can lead some people to think deep and cry. I saw some one drunk crying after the DJ played kugaro shandira kufidha homwe dzewakakuguta ndichitadza kuwakisawo musha wangu une chimiro

  • I think Zhakata is the best musician at the moment. in bars and night clubs people need noise and guitar and not message. Zhakata has the message and not the noise such that playing his music in bars can lead some people to think deep and cry. I saw some one drunk crying after the DJ played kugaro shandira kufidha homwe dzewakakuguta ndichitadza kuwakisawo musha wangu une chimiro

  • Zhakata deserves number 1

  • Which means Zhakata and Macheso are the best . Salute !!! Mara bafana bakithi esiNdebeleni nasesi Khalangeni nikuphi kanti ? Isono senu ukuba ngamazwangendaba. Noma ingaze ligide , ligiye lishaye phansi ngonyawo akuzwakali hini ???

  • Guzuwe

    Inyaya yevanhu vekuchechi vari kupa ‘mass solidarity support’ kumunhu wavo.

  • Aah hamhenooo

  • Mashoko makukutu but vaZhakata vana mentor

  • Zhakata akangoita number 1 to 3 asi chokwadi there are many songs dzakabikwa kudarika madhodhi aZhakata. Chiseko kuMusic industry in Zim kuti Zhakata 1 to 3 and Macheso 4 to 6 poor ZBC. Kudhara we had great Musicians vaiita maGood albums like Dembo and Chimbetu but hapana patakambonzwa muimbi achiita 3 songs dzakateverana. This proves panechitsotsi choitwa and that’s not good for music. Even Maruva Enyika and Nzombe hurru which are Zhakata best albums so far hadzina kumbopinda paTop 3 dzese. Wozoti madhaka aya that’s a joke kkkkkk

    • 100% on point. Only time will tell…the truth shall come open

    • y limiting though after all there wr a lot of musicians then

    • y limiting though after all there wr a lot of musicians then

  • He is a great musician

  • The whole UFl voted for Zhakata,ndiwo mabenefits emaArtists anoenda kuchurch,same benefit Mudiwa lavishes on,musavenge mastrategy evamwe,tsvagaiwo enyu

  • Favor yaMwari sooo yakapenga heyy

  • Taisiwonera ikoko, tichigaya ndezveko, nhasi zvauya kwedu.
    -kurwadziwa naye kuzvidzimba moyo, haupore
    đŸŽ”đŸŽ¶singing zvine mwaka

  • W. Muchimuvenga aazviwinisi, imi mwemene ndimwi makavota. Saka moda chii futi. Kuti zvakudzipa moyo newe unemuromo wekuimba.

  • Cyber Mujibha

    ZANU PF doesn’t at all rely on social media. It relies on its massive and deeply entrenched structures. Like or hate it, ZANU PF is a well oiled and resourced machine ……… WELL OILED BY THE BLOOD OF YOUR BROTHER YOU IDIOT!!!!!!

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