There has been much hoo-ha about Sulumani Chimbetu’s latest song which is now played endlessly on all four of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s radio stations. This track titled “Sean Timba” reminds me of the horrible June 2008 political violence, whatever his intentions were in writing the lyrics,
To me the song incites violence through its lyrics ‘kana munhu anetsa varume batai munhu,rovai ndari,ponda musoro muchi sorta munhu’, roughly translated into English, ‘If a person fails to understand, please guys beat him up, tackle him down, and crush his head’.
Do we really need to hear this message hourly on ZBC? Although, of course, I am not surprised given the state broadcaster’s history and its hand in promoting political violence and its use of hate speech. It is particularly irksome as we are about to enter yet another election period and ZBC’s monotonous airplay of the young Chimbetu’s song is in total opposition to the principle of healing.
It is difficult to gauge Sulumani’s intentions, you just have to read the list of politicos, from both sides of the Zimbabwe divide, who attended the launch of the album. But it was the dreaded political commissar who spoke at the launch, the Zanu Pf Media Information and Publicity Minister, a man known for the spread of hate speech.
I think the song should stop being manipulated by the media to incite the youth of our nation, let us stand for peace, healing and reconciliation, we should all be rejecting messages of violence.