Collaboration between Winky D and Holy Ten entitled “Winky D Should Not Be Allowed to Perform in Zimbabwe.”

Winky D should not be allowed to perform in Zimbabwe, according to the Economic Empowerment Group (EEG), which is a Zimbabwean empowerment lobby group founded by Mike Chimombe after he was removed from his post as president of the Affirmative Action Group (AAG).

The organization believes that the Dancehall chanter has gotten involved in political issues through his music, particularly the song “Ibotso” that he worked on with the hip hop artist Holy Ten.

The group claimed at a press conference held on Tuesday that Winky D’s music incites hatred rather than building the nation, as President Mnangagwa encourages in his “Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo mantra.”

This track is taken from an album by Winky D titled Eureka.

In the meantime, Linda Masarira, the leader of the opposition Labour, Economists and African Democrats party (LEAD), asserts that Winky D and Holy Ten have a constitutionally protected right to express themselves through music. Her tweet, which was viewed by Pindula News, reads as follows:

Both @winkydonline and @holytenmusic have a lot of devoted followers in me. I will not stand by and watch as they are harassed by anyone because they choose to express themselves through music. In the constitution of Zimbabwe, article 61 guarantees the right to freedom of expression as a fundamental constitutional protection. I have an ask, pane pavakanyepa here? (Have they lied to you?)

The lyrics of the song address a number of social issues that are prevalent in Zimbabwe. In addition to this, it blames the corrupt political elites of the southern African nation for the tribulations endured by the average citizen of the country because “they steal from the powerless masses” (vanodya zvavapfupi nekureba).

The two individuals have been persecuted to the point that Holy Ten, whose real name is Mukudzei Chitsama and was born in Uganda), has stated that he is sorry he worked with Winky D in Ibotso. He cites how commentators, primarily journalists, and activists have sensationalized the song in their writings about it.

Fadzayi Mahere, a spokesperson for the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change, has stated that “an artist’s social commentary on the state of our society and the lives of citizens is not hate.” She added:

It is very unfortunate that art is being attacked in this way. We need new leaders.


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