ARTISTES are supposed to be social commentators and voices of the voiceless, not praise singers of politicians, musician B-flow has said. The award-winning musician made the remarks on The Zed Hot Breakfast yesterday, weighing in on the ongoing debate about praise song of Ronald Chitotela following his acquittal on July 11.
The Lusaka Magistrates’ Court acquitted the then housing and infrastructure minister in a matter he was charged with two counts of concealing property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Lusaka magistrate David Simusamba found Chitotela with no case to answer.
Musicians JK, Chester and Kayombo reacted with a song almost immediately, praising Chitotela who has been transferred to the Ministry of Tourism and Arts.
The song has sparked debate from ordinary Zambians and artistes alike.
“Artistes are supposed to be social commentators and people that stand with ordinary people, ordinary Zambians, who need their voice out there. There are so many things that are happening in this country that we can sing about. Look at the mealie-meal prices, look at the issue we have discussed and debated about in the recent past, the $42 million fire trucks, and many other problems that we face as a country,” B-Flow, real names Brian Bwembya, said.
He feared musicians who were regarded senior and popular were setting a bad precedence for upcoming musicians if they turned themselves into political praise singers.
“We are getting to a point where the music industry cannot be controlled by the artistes themselves but by a political system which compromises our work,” B-Flow said.
He said there was nothing wrong with musicians doing political songs during campaign periods but he felt that it should not be “overdone” and extended to non-campaign periods and for individuals.