Mzembi breaks new ground


HARARE – In what could be described as a “political first” in Zimbabwe, Tourism minister Walter Mzembi has turned himself into an executive producer for a 12-minute jingle to promote a key tourism summit next year.

Although his Zanu PF colleagues, notably serial political flip-flopper Jonathan Moyo, late political commissar Elliot Manyika and President Robert Mugabe himself, have dabbled into music, none have  gone to the extent of ascribing their names on “propaganda material” as executive producers.

With the CD launch for the United Nations World Tourism organisation (UNWTO) summit jingle taking place last week, state-owned radio stations have been ordered to play the music immediately.

The Tourism and Hospitality minister and Obadiah Mazombwe, a senior staffer in his office are listed as executive producers on the sleeves of two theme songs that have been recorded to promote the United World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference to be held in August next year.

The two songs were produced by Clive “Mono” Mukundu of Monolio Studios.

Mzembi’s ministry in conjunction with Mbada Diamonds has so far recorded Dereck Mpofu, Tererai Mugwadi and Albert Nyathi on the songs Victoria Falls-Aweyo and The Wonder/Chishamiso/Isimangaliso.

Last week during a pre-launch ceremony of the two songs, the Tourism minister invited Zimbabwean musicians to submit prospective theme songs for the international conference.

 “We are not suppressing talent but we are calling on anyone out there who thinks they have a good song to come and we will discuss”, said Mzembi.

“There is so much talent and there are so many things that can be done to promote the UNWTO conference.”

The theme songs are part of a build-up to next year’s UNTWO conference. This weekend the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) is taking part in the Victoria Falls Carnival that will feature Oliver Mtukudzi and popular South African musician Zahara and many other popular regional artistes. – Entertainment Writer

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