The Herald (Harare)

26 October 2010

Zimbabwe: Get Connected With Born Free Crew

Song by Sanii Makhalima and the Born Free Crew, Umsindo Records/Eternity Studios MacDonald Chidavaenzi, DJ Anusa and DJ Bimbo and more. ( Resource: Born Free Crew - Get Connected

Harare — For some youths born after Independence in 1980, the word "born free" sounds derogatory.

But that is not so for a 10-member music outfit called The Born Free Crew, which has released an eight-track album titled "Get Connected".

Produced by talented music producer Sani Makhalima, the album talks about one's identity, national history, leadership and the contribution made by heroes to liberate the country.

Some of the songs on the album pay tribute to President Mugabe for advocating the total emancipation of not only Zimbabwe but also the continent at large.

The album was recorded at Umsindo Records and Eternity Studios with the assistance of producers MacDonald Chidavaenzi, DJ Anusa and DJ Bimbo.

Chancellor Majoka, who founded the group, said: "We would like to thank our parents for giving us the greenlight to air our views about our beautiful country and the freedom we are enjoying today.

"To the youths, let's put our heads together and enjoy the freedom our fathers and mothers fought for," Majoka said.

And in true patriotic spirit, the songs speak a lot about Zimbabwe and the need to be true children of the soil.

The album opens with the track Network, about the need for people to stay connected with their country as well as the leadership, with President Mugabe at the helm.

"Stay connected panetwork naGushungo. . . VaMugabe ndevedu/ Hatimbofa takavasiya (We will never abandon President Mugabe," are part of the lyrics.

The track Diaspora is based on a speech made by the President in which he was talking about how some Zimbabweans turned their back on their motherland to settle in foreign lands.

Zviri Sei Sei? is about the enormous sacrifices and contribution that were made by our heroes in liberating the country. In it, the so-called "born frees" are actually acknowledging the role that these people played for them to be where they are today.

"Nyika haina kuuya nepen nepaper, iropa remagamba/ usafunge kuti ndiri kunyepa (the country was not won through pen and paper, but came with the sacrifice of the heroes)."

In Tshay'zandla (Rovai Maoko), His Excellency is celebrated and extolled.

The rest of the songs -- Ndatadza Kukanganwa, Chishuwo Chemagamba, Zimbabwe and Ini Ndarangarira -- are just as impressive.

It is a mixed bag of different genres ranging from house, reggae, to mbaqanga, among others.

A copy of the album was recently presented to President Mugabe.

Suffice to say, it is a refreshing album.

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