As the world flatters to open up again, and it looks like Zimbabweans may yet have the semblance of a summer, we decided to roll back the years and remind you of urban songs created with the summer (and summer-esque shenanigans) in mind: some that went under the radar when they come out and others that have fallen off the public’s consciousness as the years have passed.
It is, after all, this particular reality that makes us anticipate new projects without hearing any of them: we have a safe bet of what’s coming: Winky D will mix social commentary with a heavily metaphoric song about wooing a girl, King Shaddy has some crazy Danmore story to tell, JP will feature a young African superstar or two while the lead single will feature a rural or ghetto Zim story. Standard.
Nobody knows for certain what this will all mean in the annals of history, but there is something happening. Here are fifteen urban songs to get your #ZimbabweanLivesMatter playlist started.
This year’s mother’s day, like most things in this season, is a little different. More than before, many are unable to see Mhamha and, in the especially heart-rendering cases, may not even have the opportunity to go adorn the rock under which she rests eternal.
Let it go on record that no other cultural movement has been both definitive and reflective of 21st century urban Zimbabwean life than mangoma. Since earnest inception in the mid 2000s, it has been defiant, irreverent, passionate, and philosophical.Indeed, I would argue that even the unsavory elements within the genre that rouse the scorn of many a lay pundit are worth their place within our societal discourse, as they often hold up an ugly mirror on society. Here are ten poignant life lessons and affirmations the genre has offered up in its short existence.
In the first of this two-part series, I will discuss why Urban Grooves died (or didn’t die!), before I return next week to explain why ZimDancehall is unlikely to go down the same route. _ Shingi Mavima
Zimbabweans have an intractable relationship with Gospel music. While in most other countries the genre occupies the periphery of the industry, it is undoubtedly mainstream in Zim. The biggest gospel artists are often among the biggest entertainers in the country altogether. You would also be hard-pressed to find too many of the industry’s non-Gospel legends without a single (at least debatably) gospel song in their catalogue.