Lack Of Honesty In Zimbabwe’s Music Industry Is a Big Drawback

As I read Black Bird’s now infamous note yesterday I realised one thing that disturbed me only if slightly. I am not an industry person myself even though I dabble in the arts. This doesn’t make me more objective but it does say something that has been murmured in the streets for a mad minute.

Her note brought up the division in Zimbabwe’s hip hop scene front and centre. To be honest, the note was nothing unusual except honest. Most of the people in the music industry spend too much time talking behind each other’s back or too afraid to name and shame anyone for whatever reason. If I told you the things some tell me about each other in the industry you would be shocked. And yet, they will act as if they are cool. Don’t worry. Your secrets are safe with me.

I think it is time people said things they were not cool with as well as what they aren’t cool with. And sometimes it doesnt have to be in the most dignified and eloquent manner but it should be done.

Don’t get me wrong. I think people should be civil. I don’t believe in degenerate name-calling. However, it is airy-fairy for people to think that everyone in the music industry should be friends or even get along.

The whole clique thing is pretty much how any industry across the world is set up. It is about finding a crew that you can roll with and then using that crew to find your space. After that if your lot can roll with another crew for specific projects then well and good.

The strength of an industry is in its diversity. The unified purpose will always out itself as long as the practitioners are authentic. All art and craft whether good or rubbish has its place. All ideas should be accommodated within reason. However they must all be open to criticism. How fair that criticism is, is not going to be determined by an artist or a critic but by the public, the consumer of the product.

That having been said, this opinion too, is open to criticism.