Zimbabwe: Radio ban on singer for attacking government officials

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Zimbabwe:


Radio ban on singer for attacking government officials


The music of 56-year-old Sungura musician Hosiah Chipanga has been banned on national radio, Radio Zimbabwe (formerly Radio 2), wrote the newspaper ZimDaily on 7 June 2009.

When Hosiah Chipanga released the controversial album ‘Hero Shoko’, his songs quickly hit the airwaves. But after a little while, and after a surprise song on President Mugabe’s birthday exposed top Zanu-PF official’s corrupt activities, the album was blacklisted and pulled off air

His new and 20th album is laden with messages that attack the Zanu-PF regime.

“As you enter ZBC Radio Zimbabwe’s studios you are welcomed with posters written Hosiah Chipanga Prohibited Music. This reminds the DJs to censor themselves. Chipanga is the third victim of circumstances after Leonard Zhakata and Thomas Mapfumo whose catalogues are not wholly given airplay,” wrote the newspaper.




Sources

ZimDaily – 7 June 2009:

‘Chipanga’s music banned’

AllAfrica – 6 June 2009:

‘Chipanga Blasts RTP’

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