Vulgar lyrics win short-term fame

“Anoti ko ko ko, ane shangu dzinorira. Akati mba mba mba, kupfeka nhumbi dzinobata. Akarizunza zunza so, ane bvudzi rakareba…”

Alicious Musimbe aka Maskiri.
Alicious Musimbe aka Maskiri.

These are part of the controversial lyrics from Jah Prayzah’s hit song, Ngoda. On the surface, the lyrics describe the noise that a walking person makes with her shoes, her skimpy dress and how she shakes her hair – but they are open to sexual interpretation.

A closer look at the video of this song surely leaves one wondering if Jah Prayzah was merely talking about the hair or something else. Surprisingly, he recently barred controversial hit-maker Jacob Moyana from performing during a family show because of his expletive lyrics.

Moyana has gained immense popularity after penning one of the most controversial albums characterized by striking profanity that many find distasteful and offensive. However, it is this frequent use of profanity or explicit language that has many people wanting to listen to his music.

With most people criticizing what Moyana calls creativity, he has stood tall in the midst of all criticism and further assured his fans that for as long as his ancestors inspire him to pen songs like these, he is not going to stop. “People should desist from labelling my lyrics and music as dirty because it’s oppressing other people’s language. Where I come from its acceptable,” said Moyana.

The truth of the matter is that the use of profanity and expletives in entertainment circles is on the rise. It has become a rite of passage for many artists’ rise to stardom. Vulgar language has been used by many established international artists – especially in the west. One wonders whether it is a borrowed phenomenon in Zimbabwe.

But a quick flash back show that local artists have for a long time thrived on the use of vulgar language. Virtually unknown urban grooves artist Alicious ‘Maskiri’ Musimbe made his proclamation on the music scene with his album Blue Movie, which was banned and denied airplay for being vulgar.

Rising dancehall chanter Soul Jah Love is thriving on the glory of his explicit song Ndongosimudza Musoro, which has received massive airplay in public transport. This is regardless of the fact that his compilation sounds unfit for public consumption.

Female artist Brenda Bechani, popularly known as Lady Bee, has her career on the verge of collapse for specializing in production of vulgar images.

Music fan Tawanda Mhizha said profanity was degrading the image of many artists, despite giving them short-lived fame. “Many artists are deliberately using vulgar language and expletives as an entry point into the mainstream entertainment. But this has degraded their image and brand. Most guys are of the ideal that controversy sells and pen their lyrics in the name of creativity yet plotting their own downfall,” he said.

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