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Contribute to Zimbabwe's Freedom
April 20, 2004
reflects on 24 years of Independence, it sees in many ways the disappointment
of broken promises. We honour the many sons and daughters who died
for Zimbabwe. And we mourn that their sacrifice alone was not enough
to bring us true freedom.
But it is important
to look beyond the dead. And to look at the current proud children
of Zimbabwe who make this country vibrant, and who give us hope.
are an important part of this hope. They help us to imagine a new
world. They help us to feel alive, inspired, motivated, youthful,
and excited. Music is such an important part of building confidence,
creating solidarity, giving a sense of belonging, inclusion and
In order to
honour this, Zvakwana compiled an CD of protest songs [Get UP Stand
UP: Together] which we think highlights some of the best characteristics
of Zimbabwean musicians. We are proud to have included both new
and established musicians on this CD. Thousands of Zvakwana activists
have received this CD in the post, and it is being played across
the country to inspire and motivate young Zimbabweans. This means
that many more Zimbabweans are able to learn about and enjoy powerful,
confident music like Leonard Zhakata's Hodho and Raymond Majongwe's
Telling It Like It Is, even though this music will never receive
airtime on the state propaganda stations.
We have received
many emails from people thanking us for the album, encouraging us
to make Volume 2, and expressing their gratitude that they are able
to hear relevant and inspiring local music that has been banned
album is not for sale, we are confident that the musicians featured
will appreciate this as part of their contribution to real freedom
in Zimbabwe. They receive the benefit of more and more people knowing
about their music, even when they are unable to play it on the national
stations or to sell it in some music outlets.
that the pressures of this environment-the fear, the uncertainty
and the police brutality, for example, might make some musicians
want to publicly distance themselves from controversy. We understand
that instinct, but we are working toward the day when no one is
afraid to stand up for truth, justice and freedom: when we are each
proud to be he-roes and she-roes working for a new Zimbabwe.
We will find
that new Zimbabwe if we are inclusive, inspiring and fearless. We
must draw from all of our different strengths, join hands together,
and sing loudly with one voice: Get UP Stand UP!
a public participation group encouraging Zimbabweans to Get UP and
Stand UP together for their rights. To find out more, or to receive
a copy of the Get UP Stand UP CD, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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