11 January 2018

Malawi Rights Activists Condemn Mwiza Chavula's 'Rape' Song

Photo: Mwiza Chavura
Mwiza Chavura

Rap musician Mwiza Chavula's song entitled "Rape" has come under heavy criticism by activist Emma Kalia and law expert Edge Kanyongolo.

The song talks about a man who plans to rape a woman who denies a sexual relationship with him. There is a crying voice in the background at the beginning and end of the song emphasizing the act of rape.

Rights activist Emma Kalia said the song is demeaning to the womenfolk. She added that rape is a serious crime in the country and nobody should cherish such type of relics and allowing such to be aired in the country is a portrayal of a society which is morally rotten.

Chancellor College law expert Edge Kanyongolo said freedom of speech should not be a warrant for artists to present issues that in turn infringe other people's rights, in this case women.

President of Musicians Association of Malawi (MAM), Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango also said such types of songs are a disgrace to the nation.

"As an association, it is now time that we bring in mechanisms to ensure that our music is critically analyzed before it goes for sale and on air because this song is against our culture," added Mhango.

On his part, the artist Mwiza Chavula said it was unfortunate that people were quick to judge his song which was only part one of two.

He said part two was going to expose the consequences men suffer for acts of rape.

"I regret this scandal. I think we need to be careful in the way we compose and present issues in our songs," he said.


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