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releases protest music album
Makiwa, The Daily News
November 12, 2002
the energetic, vibrant trade unionist and former soccer administrator,
has stirred up yet another shocker with the release of a politically
charged music album entitled Which Way Africa?
Yes, a music
been in the news in recent weeks after leading the militant Progressive
Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) in nationwide to strike over
He said he recorded the album after being inspired by his persecution
by the government.
He said: "After being arrested, tortured and assaulted by the
police for starting an ‘illegal strike’, I simply decided to roll
up my sleeves and produce a record to preserve the memories of my
"I stand inspired by the late Nigerian Hi-Life musician, Fela
Kuti and Chimurenga guru, Thomas Mukanya Mapfumo, whose sounds convey
revolutionary messages," said Majongwe, who says he is an acquaintance
Majongwe, the PTUZ secretary-general, was last month arrested and
charged for contravening sections of the notorious Public Order
and Security Act when he addressed teachers at a Harare high school.
Which Way Africa? contains eleven songs aimed at interrogating the
objectives and priorities of those in the higher echelons of power,
as well as agitating the common people.
It contains 12 tracks which blend music and poetry extraordinarily.
On most tracks, Majongwe recites satirical and thought-provoking
poetry steered by a Pan-Africanist vision.
Most songs, except for the Chimurenga-laced Pindirayi, have a jazz-based
beat, which provides an apt message that permeates all the songs.
Throughout the album, Majongwe’s voice conjures up memories of the
incarcerated South African poet Mzwakhe "The People’s Poet"
In a fashion reminiscent of Mbuli, the album kicks off with the
poem No One.
"No one can victimise the victimised forever/No one can imprison
ideas forever/Impale the people’s ideas on bayonets/You cannot suppress
political views forever," Majongwe says.
The album has two songs paying tribute to Fela Kuti, Joshua Nkomo
and Sally Mugabe, all now deceased but revered luminaries of Africa’s
cultural and political revolution.
Majongwe says because of his album’s contents, Zimbabwean recording
companies have refused to market and distribute it because "it
will surely be banned".
He said: "I will soon be leaving for South Africa to arrange
for some promotional deals with recording companies there. I am
confident my music will be more marketable from South Africa."
With Which Way Africa? Majongwe joins Thomas Mapfumo, Zexie Manatsa,
Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, among other African artistes who
have fought political repression.
Though the album is his solo debut, Majongwe says he has in the
past written all songs and helped in the production of soccer giants
Dynamos Football Club’s 1999/2000 album.
Majongwe is a former secretary-general of the football club.
the skills of accomplished musicians, Isaac Chirwa, Keith Farquharson
and Clive "Mono" Mkundu for his album.
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