So Thomas Mapfumo is at it again. On the side of his show in the United Kingdom this weekend, the Chimurenga music star gave the most odd reason for not performing in Zimbabwe.
He says Zimbabweans are too poor to watch him perform.
Mukanya, as he is affectionately called, told NewZimbabwe.com that he did not feel it was right to take money from the poor and live the lavish life from money he makes from performing.
He also took shots at flamboyant businessman Philip Chiyangwa saying if he was so rich, why wasn’t he living in Hollywood.
Of course that did not go well with us. To tell his fans that they should use their money for something else other than the opportunity to distract themselves by watching a show is ludicrous. In his opinion, these ‘poor’ Zimbabweans should keep themselves locked up in their houses and not afford themselves a moment of leisure because it makes someone else richer.
If you really look at it, the man is a bit of out touch with Zimbabwe isn’t he? He still is of that mind that being in another country is a sign of success. That shot at Chiyangwa – who has own faults – where he says he should go and live in Hollywood if he is rich is pathetic. In his opinion the rich should only live in the West, USA to be precise, that being a sign of them having arrived. Essentially people like Aliko Dangote, Patrice Motsepe and Strive Masiyiwa are failures because they live in Africa, according to Mapfumo.
He does a huge disservice to his fellow artists in Zimbabwe by accusing them of fleecing the masses. Well, Mukanya, the masses need entertainment. They want entertainment and if they think it is worth it, then they will pay for it. Yes, we have heard a lot about how people can’t afford things in Zimbabwe but the same things happen elsewhere. There is a huge population in the United States who can’t afford to got o the shows they like. That’s life. Does that stop Jay-Z or Justin Beiber from performing? No.
If Mukanya is noble and doesn’t want the poor to pay for his music, why doesn’t he come and perform for free?