Zimbabwean reggae/dancehall artistes are taking a cue from Jamaican artistes who for long have condemned homosexuality within the genre. Artistes like Buju Banton, Shabba Ranks and Elephant Man to mention a few, have openly condemned homosexuality through their hard hitting songs.
Buju’s chart topping hit “Boom Bye Bye” is seen by those who are pro-gay as a scathing attack on the minority group calling them “Batty bwoy” while Elephant Man’s “Log On” uses such words as “Chichi man” to describe gays.
And now Zimbabwean dancehall artistes have taken that root to condemn the act and that is hardly surprisingly considering that homosexuality in Zimbabwe is considered culturally a taboo.
So when Zim Dancehall artistes performed at the Harare Gardens where Guspy Warrior launched his sixth studio album, a good number slammed the act and those doing it.
Dhadza D who is popularly known as King of Fire revved up the audiences with his energetic songs but in the process denounced gays.
“Raise your hands up if you’re not gay,” he said to wild applause from the crowd before he introduced his upcoming single called “Menduru”.
Talented chanter Soul Jah Love who announced his engagement plans to girlfriend Bounty Lisa also roundly condemned gays urging the ghetto youths to shun the practice. Another fiery singer Jiggaz also took the opportunity to denounce homosexuality.
Judging from the comments made by a number Zim dancehall artistes, it was clear homosexuality has no place in the genre as it is considered a foreign culture.