10 September 2011

Zambia: Basakala Nyongo is Neutral Song - Impi

CONTROVERSIAL singing duo Impi (Jordan Sinkala and Kedrick Kafula) have said that the popular commentary song Basakala Nyongo is not inclined to any political party and as such every aspiring candidate in this month's general elections should heed the message in the song.

Impi have so far released an eight track album that includes the song that registered their presence on the musical scene Bantalamisoka and Mwilaba (Mu Colonial).

The duo told Times Entertainment in Lusaka that the album is a collection of old and new songs and it is titled The Best of Impi (Basakala Nyongo).

They also confirmed that the video is now playing on Muvi Tv and Mobi TV. The two young men have been seen hiding their faces in the past and in the new video the faces are shown. Jordan explained that the mask the two were wearing when appearing on Tv was that it is not important to see who is singing but rather what is being sung.

He further explained that some people thought they were being sent by someone to sing what they were singing hence the need to remove the masks and let the people see the faces behind the voices.

He said Impi does not sing for fame but for the voiceless and vulnerable people who are suffering in the ghetto and other slums.

Therefore, the singer has urged those aspiring for political office to listen to the song if they really have a heart for the people they want to represent. Because the song talks about politicians Impi have called on the political players to denounce violence and desists from character assassination.

"It is unfortunate that our leaders are insulting each other in the media, we need to see them live in peace and harmony because such behaviour of cursing each other will negatively affect the people on the ground," Jordan said.

Impi were victims of political violence when they were shooting the video of Basakala Nyongo in Chibolya Township. The crew that was shooting the video were attacked after being aligned to a certain political party because of its alleged use of the duos song for its campaigns.

The crew had to abandon whatever they were doing and bolted for their lives. In the scuffle Kedrick was injured and the TV crew changed their site and relocated to Kalingalinga where the video was done.

Impi is a group that has been singing songs that champion equality, coexistence, fairness and tolerance. The group has two albums to their credit and Basakala Nyongo is their third.

Impi is a Ngoni word meaning a young warrior and their music is called warrior music carrying the message of hope.

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