Hallo Blog. I know i have not visited in a long time. I felt it was duplicating.My articles where on B Metro. Its been 2 weeks now , they say there are more important things than talking arts. So i am sorry , you matter to me. I will bring my thoughts and views to you again.
.I have been talking about the Concert dubbed We Honour Our Music Legends Concert for a few weeks now. The show will be at White City on the 26th of November. The tickes are very very Cheap.Just 2 dollars. Here is my appeal to my Bulawayo people. Its high time people in this City deliberately grow local brands, be it sport, art or politics. The biggest problem we have especially with local media is that no one wants to deliberately grow or create a brand. It’s all about moving with whatever is already on the run away. Yea yea I understand papers need to be sold, but when are we going to get local celebrities? Imagine if local media used its power to talk about a certain brand day in day out. The results will be phenomenal.
Which brings me to my story this week .I want to celebrate a music legend off stage. I know he may not be having the sweetest of moments right now, but this guy managed to shift perceptions and single handedly redirect our music scene. It’s not every day that politicians get involved in the arts and actually make a meaningful difference. One such man who managed to take our music to the next level is Minister Jonathan Moyo. He introduced the 75% local content, created PaxAfro made jingles became so popular (Rambai Makashinga and such). He understood Radio and how to use it in driving messages. I am tempted to say it worked, but my political interest is only just growing.
I remember when he first announced the 75% content rule, many hated him. It seemed like a big mistake. But Urban Grooves grew out of it, which in turn indirectly gave birth to Dance Hall (You all know at what level dance hall is now). Before that time not many musicians could pull numbers. Now some who have the favour of media are actually enjoying the fruits of what Jonathan Started. I know many agree with me that instead of that other Minister or the other one, we would have gladly had Jonathan as our Minister. Our arts will be ten times better. We would even still have the former Ministry that we had, which clearly spelt art as part of it. You know local artists benefit from other countries in terms of performance? What happens when we try to bring acts to collaborate with us here? We get charged top dollar. Jonathan would have rectified that by now, so that we enjoy the silent partnerships we have with other countries. That’s a story for another day.
Remember how PaxAfro gave us hope as artists that we could be celebrities? Sad it just died, but it was like a music national team. Remember the Galas? They were paying during Jonathan’s time, not what is happening now. He used us, we gladly did get used. I know off artists that benefitted from Jingles and events organised by Jonathan Moyo. I mean even now as he is in education he paid Jah Prayzer 8000 Dollars. I still wish though that he had picked a local act to also push STEM. For all these reasons I celebrate Professor Jonathan Moyo for his contribution to the arts. So on the 26th of November, when we celebrate our heroes, one of my candles is for him. Let’s support this event in our numbers. Fill Up White City. Tickets are now available for just 2 dollars. Until next week, be safe @NkueNkala 0772214373