Stay away from politics: Maleyi

Veteran Botswana gospel couple, Isaac Maleyi and his wife Esnath, this week said they were impressed by the new breed of Zimbabwean musicians.

However, Maleyi, who is revered in Zimbabwe, advised Zimbabwean gospel musicians to stay away from politics and stick to praising God.

“I am very happy with the development of music in Zimbabwe, especially the new breed of gospel musicians,” said Esnath. “It really shows that the music is growing, but I think that some of the musicians are now abdicating their role of preaching love and deliverance to concentrate more on politics and that does not bode well for our kind of music.”

Some Zimbabwean musicians have been seen performing at Zanu (PF) galas, where they have taken turns to glorify President Robert Mugabe and criticise the octogenarian leader’s political opponents.

“I would like to implore gospel musicians to leave politics to the politicians and concentrate on preaching the word of God, which is the purpose we chose to serve,” said Isaac Maleyi, who has recorded 10 gospel albums with his group – Ikhalanga gospel.

“The gospel and politics do not mix and even when gospel musicians are invited to perform at political galas or state functions, they should stay away from sloganeering.”

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