In search of signal

Julius Malema.

THE question to ask perhaps is: Is this creativity or the lack of it?
It will be left to the public to debate.
But following South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s speech at Winnie Mandela’s funeral, social media is in frenzy with the hashtag #JuliusMalemaChallenge.
Zambian musicians have jumped on the bandwagon.
Copperbelt-based rapper Macky II has We See You, a song recorded at Alpha Studio and featuring actual vocals of Malema, especially his closing remarks at the funeral.
In the song, Macky II (Mulaza Kaira) talks about betrayal and fake loyalty.
He also talks about how Mondo Music Corporation managing director Chisha Folotiya never believed in him at first.
The controversial rapper also took a dig at Members of Parliament that have abandoned their electorate after sending them to Manda Hill.
“I can still read between the lines/I know what is fake/I am surrounded by snakes,” goes one line in the song.
Tiye P (Jonathan Nyirenda) is another hip hop artiste who has jumped on the challenge with a song titled Give Us A Signal.
He is no stranger to capitalising on what is trending.
Tiye P whose name stands for Talented, Intelligent, Young and Extraordinary Person recently released a song titled Walambweneshamo.
The song was inspired by a video of a named man who was captured making out with a girl believed to have been a minor in a Toyota Allion car. In the song, he spoke against child abuse.
In Give Us A Signal however, Tiye P who recently picked a proverbial fight with Vodafone Jump for snubbing the Vodafone Jump All Out Hip Hop show, sings about a lot of things that have been trending in the country.
He talks about the Mukula tree, the burning of City Market in Lusaka, and also the one million dollar fire trucks that Government recently procured.
Others mentioned in the song are Bowman Lusambo and the billboards, Nevers Mumba, National Democratic Congress (NDC) consultant Chishimba Kambwili, Rainbow Party secretary general Wynter Kabimba and Socialist Party presidential candidate Fred M’membe.
Patrick Shumba Mutukwa, the Zambian actor who played a role in Marvel Studios movie Blank Panther and later found himself on the receiving end of rebuke on social media when a video of him on a gay website surfaced, has also been mentioned in the song that was mixed and mastered by De’mao.
Other social comments Tiye P delves on are the prices of tomatoes and fuel, the Chinese and Rwandan and the red alert on Pilato.

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