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Of Dununa Reverse in the hood

Torn Apart: BOYD PHIRI
NEVER before has a recorded political song by various artistes generated much interest among people in the hood, let alone shown a joyous intraparty political atmosphere.
You would say that things have changed – from the days of Cha cha cha to Dununa Reverse.
A few years ago music and dance in the political arena was only associated with women choir groups which sung at political rallies and other forums while identically dressed in party T-shirts and chitenge wrappers.
I have not forgotten the MMD women choir group which popularised a political song praising President Levy Mwanawasa as being a lawyer of all lawyers at every political function.
But now, the use of popular music by local artistes at political rallies is fast yielding ground, thanks to Dununa Reverse by local artiste Jordan Katembula a.k.a JK.
It seems the song is almost everywhere in the hood, except in church, although some congregants pay attention to Dununa Reverse in the bar next door with the desire to sing along to the political song.
In fact, if some congregants had a choice, they would ask the choir master to sing Dununa Reverse at the end of a sermon from a pastor. I mean, anything can happen in the hood.
If you happen to be in church one of these days and you hear a choir master mistakenly start a gospel song by saying Dununa Reverse, don’t be surprised.
And I am sure those who drink beer on the generosity of other people in bars and taverns use their knowledge of the song to charm big buyers before being allowed to join the drinking parties.
“Dununa Reverse yavuta mdala?” one would say to a potential buyer, even if it is obvious that the buyer has listened to the song already.
, including 5-year-olds who have found the political song soothing to their ears.
It would not be surprising to hear that some mothers are using the song to console their children when they start crying.
If you are a dad in the hood, you would be at a serious disadvantage if you did not help your daughter to sing along to Dununa Reverse song. You would be lucky if she did not say that “I have patad you”.
Any wonder JK and other artistes who collaborated to do the song for PF took artistes supporting an opposition party to court for allegedly plagiarising the song.
Of course, it is not only United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s wife Melania who has been accused of plagiarism during political campaigns.
But don’t ask me what dununa means, at least you know what reverse means. I need to ask JK what dununa means. Of course the word is not the same as dunes, the sandbanks found in some deserts.
The only thing I know is that the song is rooting for the ruling Patriotic Front, as the party campaigns to return power in the August 11 general elections.
The truth is, it has taken the PF crusades to another level, and as the campaigns gain momentum, dancing skills among its supporters are barely concealed.
Forget about Chanda “Beu” of the Amayenge Cultural Ensemble who made revellers at watering holes go agog with his dance antics those thrilling days of yesteryear.
The allure to dancing to the Dununa Reverse song at political rallies has been made easy by the artistes themselves who lead in the dance routine.
This is not to say that dancing at political rallies is undemocratic. In fact, dancing at political rallies has added a different touch to our young democracy, to use politicians’ language.
It is obvious that while United Poor People’s Party president Alex Mulyokela’s suitability for presidency may have ended with his failure to raise nomination fee, supporters of other political parties are enjoying the lyrics injected into their political affairs by local artistes.
Perhaps, Mulyokela spent too much time mixing politics with romance, as he tried to look for his running mate, oh sorry, soul mate.
I wonder what type of political song his team of musicians would have come up with. Of course, it would not be Dununa Reverse.
However, although some people might not understand the meaning of the song Dununa Reverse, some political pundits say that culture is dynamic and language is changing.
“A political song must capture the imagination of the people. This is computer age. Those days Gule Wamuku (traditional dance) for example was sufficient to pass the message to a wider audience at such gatherings. But I think the use of pop artistes is conforming to changing times. This is why the Dununa Reverse song seems to have captured the imagination of many people in townships,” one politician said.
Obviously, the song will continue fascinating most people in the hood until elections day, perhaps even beyond.

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