A GROUP of high profile Zimbabwean musicians have joined hands with their African counterparts to record anti-xenophobia song, amid the on-going attacks-immigrants in South Africa.
The project, titled United Artists Against Xenophobia campaign, will feature seasoned artists like Africa Revenge, Sandra Ndebele, Jah Prayzah, Albert Nyathi, Sulumani Chimbetu, Edith Weutonga, Nobuntu and Cal_vin among others.
On the African continent they will be joined by Mampi from Zambia and a South African superstar line-up featuring Cassper Nyovest, Lira, Bucie, Malaika, Dj Cleo and Loyiso Bala.
The song is called ‘Stop Xenophobia’.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com from South Africa, the project coordinator Zandile ‘Zaza’ Ndlovu said the artists had a duty to speak out against the violent attacks on foreign nationals.
“Each artist is writing their own lyrics from the heart, our job is to collectively and creatively bring all their voices together to make a beautiful song about a really tragic plague that has adversely affected us all,” said Zaza.
She said Casper Nyovest, who has been at the centre of attention, especially in Zimbabwe where he was set to perform at the weekend, expressed delight to be part of the project.
“I suggested to the lead promoters Dee Nosh to get Cassper on the song. Cassper was delighted to work with us. So I emailed his team the music bed. Dee Nosh then suggested his other artists and we got Mampi on board.
“Willis (Wataffi) has mainly handled the Zimbabwean artists and I am handling regional artists. I used the opportunity of being at the SA music awards to talk to various artists and got the likes of Lira, Bucie, Malaika, dj Cleo Loyiso bhala and others to join in the campaign. They already were scheduled to record their own song as SA artists but they welcomed the initiative to work with u,” said Zaza.
“Our message is definitely going stronger and spreading across Africa.”
Zaza added that the initiative was the brainchild of Willis Wataffi, who fronts the Afrika Revenge band.
“Willis came up with the initiative to not only use musicians but to get various people in the arts industry to come and speak out against xenophobia. From musicians, poets, visual artists, filmmakers all from Zimbabwe. He asked me to manage the process and use my network of artists in Africa to come on board,” she said.Advertisement
The song will be released in two phases, with the first version featuring only Zimbabwean artists set to be released first, while the other version including regional artists is set for release at a later date.