I got chills when I listened to this track!
And of course I wept….
From up-coming South African-based Zimbabwean artists, Clifford Machingaifa a.k.a Riffi and Rutendo Denise Mutsamwira a.k.a .R. comes this neo-soulish single, “Munyepi” [Liar in the Shona language]
Artwork for Munyepi
The lyrics are epic and thoughtful and forthright and so relevant. They speak to an entire generation and a youthful continent:
Born with talents, incredibly intense,
You were created to serve a purpose
To serve a purpose
You say, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous….?
Who are you not to…
Make manifest the glory within you
The glory within you…
Ndaneta…[I am tired]
Ndaneta nezwe mapepa nhau…[I am tired of mainstream media]
Zwenana Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood, lying kuti runako rwakaitaseyi
Fuelling our insecurities, prejudice, stereotypes
Confound our esteem to hide their infirmy
The art of objurgation
The culture of corruption
The lyrics speak powerfully to the young, gifted and African generation!
I adore .R. [Rutendo] in so many ways! She recently sent an email that speaks to the artist that she is and is becoming….
Dear Farai, Davina Green…[others omitted for their privacy]
Firstly, sorry for flooding your inbox with this but I chose each and everyone of you specifically for the impact you’ve had on my life.
Whether we’ve known each other for years, or only had one encounter or interaction, I just had to THANK YOU for the immeasurable amount of inspiration you’ve given me.
You may not remember what it was you said to me / did for me. However, I cannot, even if my life depended on it, forget the way you made me feel. Like a frickin G!
PLEASE, PLEASE support “Munyepi” when it drops officially on iTunes in August!
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