The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe has banned Tocky Vibes’s new song, African Queen, saying it insults the people of Binga.
“We advise that we have received a complaint about the song ‘African Queen’ by Tocky Vibes, where the complainant has indicated that they find some parts of the lyrics of the song offensive as they appear to denigrate the people of Binga,” BAZ said in a letter to radio stations.
The offensive lyrics, which commence on one minute and three seconds of the track, and go like this: “Ukaenda Binga vanhu vanenge vakashama, ukagara Binga uchange wakashama.”
Tocky told The Sunday Mail :“Some people think that I insulted them. But this song actually praises women, it celebrates African women. My inspiration for the song and video came from Jah Prayzah’s song in which he showcases the culture of the people of Binga.
“I said to myself, these are the people that still represent Africa. They may not walk around like that today but that is their culture. We should be having problems with people that celebrate clothes — because clothes were not part of our culture. We never used to put on any clothes.
“I did not want to confuse my fans by giving them two albums almost at the same time. ‘Volume 1’ carries 12 tracks and that is the one on iTunes while ‘Volume 2’ has 14 tracks. I’ll put it on the local market through CDs,” said Tocky Vibes.
While Tocky Vibes may not be the most talked about artiste in Zimbabwe at the moment, he remains one of the most hardworking and consistent.