In a tweet, Holy Ten, born Mukudzei Chitsama, buckled under criticism to address a barrae of attacks on his person, citing journalists , activists and lawyers.
“Activists, journalists, lawyers – Split opinions will not do any good for a brand that’s trying to serve & save everyone so help me by not acting like I’ve picked a side. Do not politicize a project that I’ve considered a mere honor to be a part of. I regret it now honestly ,” he tweeted, Tuesday morning.
Activists, journalists, lawyers – Split opinions will not do any good for a brand that’s trying to serve & save everyone so help me by not acting like I’ve picked a side. Do not politicize a project that I’ve considered a mere honor to be a part of. I regret it now honestly💔
— MUJAYA (@holytenmusic) January 3, 2023
The song, Ibotso, is a brazzen attack on the status quo, where corruption in high places continues to run riot amid impunity.
Ibotso, loosely translated a string of bad omens has largely been viewed as depicting Zimbabwe as a long-decayed society in which citizens continue to hope that things will change for the better.
Zimbabwe is a crime scene, said Brezh Malaba, a journalist, in his analysis of the song.
He added: “Corruption-induced poverty has unleashed devastating poverty on ghetto youths. Hunger has ensnared naive girls into a life of debauchery. There are artistes who conveniently choose to ignore these stark realities.
Winky D's lyrical mastery is the stuff of legend. But in his new anthemic hit, Ibotso, the Gafa reminds us why his amazing artistry is without peer.Winky D is the incorruptible voice of a shattered generation:poverty-stricken citizens who have no jobs,no dignity,no hope. pic.twitter.com/Yh0ECenjmg
— Brezh Malaba (@BrezhMalaba) January 1, 2023
Winky D has set himself apart, Malaba argues.
“In Ibotso, he lays bare the ugly underbelly of a long-decayed society which foolishly hides beneath a threadbare cloak of self-denial, in the forlorn hope of swiftly waking up from a prolonged nightmare. Where delusion meets deceit, victims abound.”
The Gafa chants: “Vanotora zvevapfupi nekureba”. What comes next is epic. Holy 10, his eager apprentice, then intones: “Sekutamba sekuseka”. From that point on, the flow is infectious, irresistible, delectable.
Winky D says he just mirrors societal issues affecting the common man.
The album released two days ago has sparked a political tug of war.
On the album, the dancehall musician brazenly attacks , political intolerance and leaders seen to be dipping their fingers in the proverbial honeypot with the help of younger artistes.
Fully alive to the dangers of singing truth to power, Winky D , deploys idioms and pleads: “I’m only a singer. I wield neither spear nor sword; please spare my life.”
While musicians play the watchdog role in society, and often engage in political commentary, Winky D’s new album has irked supporters of the status quo.
More significant is the timing of the offering.
Zimbabweans will be voting in a new government, mid-year and such messaging from an influential artist like the Gaffa singer may not be welcome.
Winky D is one of the most influential artists in modern day Zimbabwe, with a large following of the nation’s youths who are expected to vote sometime this year.