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in Zimbabwe Coalition to launch protest music CD
Guma, SW Radio Africa
June 06, 2007
in Zimbabwe Coalition in South Africa will this Friday launch
protest music CD's by Zimbabwean artists living in that country.
Dubbed the 'Isivumelwano-Tiripachirangano' CD launch, the project
brought together Durban based Timothy Rukombo and his band plus
another group called Abanqobi Bomhlaba. According to Nixon Nyikadzino
a press officer in the Coalition, two albums will be launched and
both of them are aimed at encouraging people in the diaspora to
take an active part in political activism. Nyikadzino said the albums
would also be used to encourage activists based in Zimbabwe to soldier
on in the struggle just like what used to happen during the liberation
title of the first album he said 'Tiripachirangano- Isivumelwano'
was the title of a touching song that Zimbabwean activists who were
tortured after the Save
Zimbabwe Campaign prayer rally were singing when they were being
led to court. The other album is titled 'Varovereyi'. He says the
protest music CD's will be instrumental in sending a message to
Mugabe's regime that those fighting for change will not give up
and will keep plugging away. He says as the Crisis Coalition they
will use their regional civic society networks to distribute the
CD's. They will also rely on private and independent radio stations
broadcasting to Zimbabwe to get airplay for the protest music.
Several community radio
stations operating in the Limpopo area will also get the CD's as
thousands of Zimbabweans are said to be living there. At the launch
on Friday, Nyikadzino says they will distribute copies of the CD's
to the various media who will be in attendance and also ensure Zimbabweans
present will get copies. Asked if they could distribute the CD's
in Zimbabwe given the level of repression, he said this type of
music was very popular despite the fact that state broadcaster ZBC
banned such songs on their radio stations.
NB: This week
on Behind the Headlines, Lance Guma speaks Bongani Nxumalo a protest
musician based in South Africa who took part in the Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition music project.
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