President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s panicking government has ordered the state controlled Power FM radio station to cancel a scheduled interview with Zimdancehall superstar Winky D.
The popular musician, real name Wallace Chirumiko, is set to launch a new album called “Njema” which has unnerved the government because of what it perceives as politically charged songs.
Nehanda Radio sources claim Winky D’s interview with Chamvary set for 1:30 to 2:30pm today has been cancelled with the reason being given that the station will prioritise a sponsored programme.
But Nehanda Radio sources claim the government has even gone further to instruct all radio stations to stop playing his music especially the new album.
“The song Ijipita has thrown the Zanu PF government into panic and they are moving to ban his music. They have already told Power FM to scrap their interview with him,” the source told us.
The Ministry of Information however denied the government was involved in cancelling the interview;
“We have noted an article on an online publication making a false claim that Govt has banned one of our local artists from being interviewed on national radio. These are unfounded falsehoods. Members of the Media are advised to fact-check with us on related matters,” they tweeted.
Last year Winky D was pelted by bottles by suspected Zanu PF hooligans before he could perform his controversial hit song, “Kasong KeJecha” in Kwekwe.
Video footage showed the singer being attacked with bottles as he was preparing to go on stage.
The title KaSong KeJecha appeared to embrace the opposition MDC Alliance’s slogan ‘kudira jecha’ although Winky D’s manager, Jonathan Banda disputed this saying the song has a social interpretation and the “Ninja President” as he is known was not affiliated to any political party.
Meanwhile all is set Winky D’s “Njema Album Launch” at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on Tuesday, the 31st of December. Nehanda Radio