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Zimbabwe protest music - Usiku hwekutambisa by Viomak .wmv

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Uploaded on Nov 29, 2010

The second song 'Usiku hwekutambisa'(Wasted night) is all what it takes to be called a protest singer. Usiku hwekutambisa is an expression that Zimbabweans carelessly use to mean a useless person. When someone refers to you by that expression it means you would have defied all odds by becoming an extremely irresponsible person. The song is packed to the full with lyrics that tell about almost every wrong that Mugabe and ZANU PF has done and are doing causing warlike chaos in the country. The song mourns the problems in Zimbabwe in an electrifying manner through a host of instruments that are crafted in a compelling way.

She starts by singing that the deceased did not see anything, as Zimbabweans are, struggling to survive. Fighting for things like water, electricity, jobs, money, food, bread and land .Life is Zimbabwe is a war of survival.

It is a song of such distinct styles and moods. The track marathons with a range of gentle vocals and tight instruments whistling to the end with a crush.Viomak's approach to the song is impressive, relevant and engaging. Even more extraordinary is that she does not put herself at centre stage in the music. She works by allowing instruments to pursue the song to give her listeners enough time to listen to the producer's work.

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