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Zimbabwe: Crackdown on politically conscious musicians

By Farai Shawn Matiashe

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Posted on March 13, 2023 16:14

 © Screenshot of Winky D’s 2020 video, Ijipita.
Screenshot of Winky D’s 2020 video, Ijipita.

With just a few months from the presidential and parliamentary elections, the Zimbabwe government is increasingly unleashing law enforcement to quell popular Zimbabwean musicians. With their social platform and concerts, musicians are encouraging people to register to vote and denounce corruption and massive looting of public resources.

Earlier this month, overzealous cops stopped the performance of Zimbabwe’s most celebrated reggae and dancehall artist Winky D in Chitungwiza, about 25km from the capital Harare.

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