Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation employs
The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), formed in 1980 at Zimbabwe’s independence still uses the same repressive laws of the 60’s and 70’s that were used by the
This is the procedure that a presenter has to go through in this democratic state to play any music on all the sole broadcaster’s four radio stations in Zimbabwe: Go into the Library, select all the songs that you want to play, type them onto a programme sheet, supposedly for paying composers and other music rights costs, then take them to a senior presenter tasked with checking if presenter compiled any banned or anti government music.
As a result of these colonial procedures and rules most music about the social, political and economic injustices in Zimbabwe cannot be heard on Zimbabwe’s airwaves – despite the popularity of some of these songs, for instance “Bvuma” by
Of course Mukanya has been taken to task about his anti-government stance. I know him as a person who calls a spade a spade when it comes to political music compositions. Mukanya used to sing in the 70’s encouraging the youths to go into training camps to fight the settler regime (“Vanotumira vana kuhondo”). He was also imprisoned for his musical support for the struggle for Zimbabwe.
The country is in tatters, that is a fact. There are a host of other songs that have been shoved under the shelves of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s music libraries due to the message they are bound to spread. This off course is not the first time