By Jane Mlambo| Controversial politician and Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has told dendera music prodigy Sulumani Chimbetu to learn from the late national hero Oliver Mtukudzi who never delved into politics.
This follows Sulumani’s track with Hwindi President which has been construed as political by Zanu PF youths.
The line that irked Zanu PF youths says the country’s problems stem from the installation of new leaders in November- a month regarded as sacred.
Posting on Twitter, Mliswa told Sulumani not to mix politics with music as was the case with Mtukudzi who ended up being accorded national hero status when he passed on in 2019.
“Sulu, a great musician in his own right, should learn lessons from the late, great, Dr. Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi: not to mix music with politics.
“Tuku stuck to music no matter what and despite many accusations, he remained consistent and was eventually declared a National Hero upon his passing,” said Mliswa.
Many musicians in Zimbabwe including Thomas Mapfumo, Leonard Zhakata suffered backlash and had their music banned from being played on national radio stations due to their lyrics which were deemed political.
Tuku had his Bvuma/Tolerance album censored after it was misconstrued to mean that the then President Robert Mugabe was old.