Slizer releases song for UNWTO
Ruth Butaumocho Entertainment Editor
Tswana dance queen Slizer has released a DVD and CD on Zimbabwe’s rich cultural and tourism sites, a project that will further enhance the country’s image as it prepares to host the UNWTO 20th General Assembly. The single from Slizer, whose real name is Naledi Kaisara, comes hard on the heels of yet another single that she did on Zimbabwe, early this year.
In an interview with a Tswana newspaper, Mmegi before she had embarked on the project, Slizer said she decided to partner the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority in producing a musical project that will market Zimbabwe to both the local and international community.
“I am fascinated by the people of Zimbabwe and their culture. It’s so nice and my next songs are dedicated to this beautiful country. I have heard a lot of bad things about Zimbabwe, but to me it’s totally the opposite. Zimbabwe is beautiful and I am going to show that in my songs,” she was quoted as saying in Mmegi.
True to her word, the dance queen lived up to her word and worked on the single and subsequently a DVD, titled “Nyika YeZimbabwe” which features Dr Tawanda, an upcoming Zimbabwean musician.
“Nyika YeZimbabwe”, an eight-minute song, gives a chronology of tourist sites in Zimbabwe, right from Zambezi to Limpopo, including its impressive flora, its array of wild animals and its hospitable people.
Sung in Shona, the song has got a laid back contemporary beat, which is fused with a bit of kwaito, making it quite a danceable track. Her pronunciation of Shona is quite distinct, clear and concise, something that probably emanates from her unwavering passion and love for Zimbabwe.
The famed dance queen is no stranger to Zimbabwe having performed in the country on several occasions in the last two years.
She has held several shows with sungura ace Alick Macheso and she last performed in Zimbabwe in December last year sharing the stage with the likes of Freddy “Kapfupi” Manjalima, First Farai and Suluman Chimbetu.
She has deep love for Zimbabwe and its people, including President Mugabe, whom she describes as her idol.
Since she burst onto the entertainment scene, Slizer has made her name and is quite popular in Zimbabwe, following the release of her album, “O Tswa Kae”, which has a number of danceable tracks.
One particular song — “Ke jola le rasta” — has become almost like a national anthem at parties in the country.