MUSICIAN and human rights activist Maiko Zulu is back on the music scene with ‘Maggie Mayela’ due for release tomorrow during the Bob Marley Memorial festival. Announcing his new song, the radical human rights activist said this year’s Bob Marley Memorial festival would address a number of national and continental issues, among them corruption, vote rigging and media freedoms in Zambia.
The Bob Marley memorial festival takes place at Mika Convention Centre.
“Join me at the one love reggae festival at Mika Convention Centre on Saturday 12th May as I pay my homage to Bob Marley and address a number of national and continental issues including corruption, vote rigging and media freedoms in Zambia. Look out for the new track Maggie Mayela (na munzake wa siliti). When soldiers desert the battlefront out of fear, you call back the real revolutionaries. Run for cover, Dread is taking over,” Maiko said.
He said the song was a parody about stealing of votes and drinking people’s shots of whiskey.
The legendary Zambia social commentator further noted that the Zambian arts were not providing checks and balances as they should hence the need to re-ignite the once vibrant voice for the voiceless.
“It’s a satire about stealing of votes and drinking people’s shots (of whiskey), Issues being heard in court (in reference to Constitutional Court matters) and also touches on the closing of the ‘Ka Posti’ in reference to media clampdown and closure of The Post Newspaper. The arts are dead in terms of checks and balances, there is need to revive conscious arts, arts that will speak and ask questions when it matters most,” Maiko said.
“In as much as we want to dance, music, especially Reggae, must be a voice of and for the voiceless.”
The artist has been an ardent social commentator having done an album, which in 2006 was a talk of town.
Maiko produced and composed “Mad President”, a reggae album which was banned on State owned radio and television owing to its radical content.
The Mad President don’t talks of a tyranical president, who thinks he was the judge, policeman, prosecutor as he hires and dismisses staff whenever he feels like.