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Zimbabwe: Chipanga Sees Red Over Top 50 Hits

HOSIAH CHIPANGA-MWENJE NERIMA ( Resource: Hosiah Chipanga - Mwenje Nerima

Hosiah CHIPANGA thinks the Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50 does not accurately reflect musicians true popularity after Jah Prayzah dominated the music chart show. The social commentator is the second musician after Energy Mutodi of Mutodi Express to denounce the Top 50 where Jah Prayzah's hits "Chirangano" was on pole position while "Gochi Gochi" was second.

"He may not be the best musician in Zimbabwe, but what he said is not far from the truth. You have shown a rare heart for our musicians even though some people may take your suggestion as sour grapes.

"I am sorry to say this, but the Top 50 was wrong considering that a national radio as big as Radio Zimbabwe with a thousand singers gives three spots to one artiste is a pity.

"Even Jesus is not just one, but it's Him, the Father and the Holy Spirit. I am not jealousy of Mutodi or Jah Prayzah, but I think they were both victims of unfairness," said Chipanga.

"The Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50 is a noble idea, but let there be transparency".

Jah Prayzah became the first musician in the country to have four songs in the annual Top 50. Besides "Chirangano," and "Gochi Gochi," he also had other songs like "Maria" which was number six and "Ngwarira Kuparara", at number 25.

Soon after the prize presentation last week, Mutodi posted on the social network expressing his displeasure.

"The recent episode of the Coca-Cola charts has left us with more questions than answers. In their recent Top 50 awards, Radio Zimbabwe could easily be mistaken as a Jah Prayzah Radio after their Coca-Cola competition put Jah Prayzah on number one and two and also number six.

"In my view, the moderators failed to realise not only the purpose of such a competition, but also the complexity of arts in general.

"The musical art is a poetic expression that is meant to educate, entertain and shape future socio-cultural trends.

"The purpose of the radio is to expose these complexities in their diverse forms so as to help the nation appreciate its origin and its own self- framed cultural art.

Given this background and comparing Radio Zim's yesteryear reputation with its current behaviour, it would appear as if a moral hazard problem is making a good harvest on the once beautiful FM radio station," he said.

Jah Prayzah said the musicians should respect the fans' choice.

"The fans spoke and musicians should listen, I didn't vote for myself, the fans did," he said.

ZBC public relations manager Sivukile Simango said Radio Zimbabwe was just a "medium", and the public decided whose music they preferred.

"This is a democratic radio station, we cannot force listeners to like Chipanga's music, they voted for what they like. Chipanga and Mutodi should live with that," he said.

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