|Munotidako by Jacob Moyana|
CHIREDZI - Songs in Zimbabwe are known to be banned for their unpalatable political messages but this is not so for the innocent 'Munotidako' hit that plays on the dirty human mind and has caused a sensation amongst Zimbabweans across the World.
Munotidako by Jacob Moyana is probably the most played song in private and social networks today but the least understood.
|Jacob Moyana the man behind the hit song Munotidako|
This is because the song sends the human mind barking up the wrong tree. Because of that it has received a total blackout on all Zim radio stations.
Music lovers think the song is obscene as it discusses women's buttocks and yet far from it.
Its merely played on the ambiguity of shona words.
Our Mirror reporter, Courage Bandera recently interviewed Moyana, the Beitbridge based musician who composed the song.
Tagara munotidako;Makatichaira foni kuti munotidako;
Literally translated, the song means
"if you say big buttocks in Beitbridge,
"If you say big buttocks in Mutare,
"If you say big buttocks in Chiredzi
"If you say big buttocks everywhere then we shall come there".
Moyana takes advantage of the double meaning of the words Munotidako in Shona to create controversy.
The other meaning of the word munotidako is "if you want us there".
So Moyana is just saying in the song
"if you want us in Mutare
"if you want us in Chiredzi,
"if you want us in Beitbridge,
"If you want us everywhere then we shall come
"If you have always wanted us there, then we shall always come there".
However few of Moyana's fans have noticed the second meaning and this has ensured that the song is not played anywhere in public. The song has since its release never received airplay on any of the country's radio stations.
But in the viral version of the song that has sent people crazy on the net, a woman with huge buttocks is seen suggestively playing to the song.
Moyana enjoys the controversy because it is actually making him more and more popular. His musical band is the most sought after in the southern region particularly in Chiredzi and Beitbridge.
And he continues to capitalise on this controversial approach with another hit song coming soon this time called 'Pamhatakatarisa". The meaning of the song can be obscene but Moyana is quick to explain.
"This means repeat your act while we look. Pamha in shona means repeat and takatarisa means while we look," said Moyana bursting into a hilarious laughter.
Many people came to realise the innocent meaning of the songs after a small explanation. However, many also content that it is probably the most fooling composition that they have ever listened to. At first it is dismissed as an extremely obscene song with sexually suggestive language but a simple explanation reveals the innocent but mischievous mind of the singer.
Born in Chipinge in 1980 Moyana is a family man and father of three.
Moyana started playing the guitar in 1991 in Chipinge Days Hill Village. In 1994 Jacob Moyana went to Harare where he stayed with his uncle and started working in the tuck shops. He then worked as a conductor for 5 years in Harare. Moyana once worked as a lead guitarist at Fabio Chivhanda's Traditional band.
Moyana said that he knows how to play traditional music better than Museve. Moyana then joined ghetto express which started in Mbare and they participated and won the 2002 Chibuku road to Fame. Moyana was taught to play marketable music by Elson Chauke who is the lead guitarist.
In 2002 he recorded Chiwepu Chembodza with Joseph Chavhakaira.
Moyana did not stop there, in 2004 he recorded Mariyako Chete with Ghetto Express. They did not stop there in 2006 recorded Tarisiro with Ghetto express. He also recorded for the Idya Banana Joseph Garakara. In 2008 due to economic hardships Moyana left Harare for Beitbridge where he started to work as a conduct but because of his passion for music he started mobilizing resources for him to pursue his music career. He then recorded Toita Zviripo with Grama Records but the Album failed to yield him anything and he attributed the failure to poor marketing.
Some of his collegues went back to Harare as they failed to cope with the situation in Beitbridge. Moyana then formed his band the Black Hunters so that he will not have conflicts with his other colleges about using the Ghetto Hunters trade mark.
The Ghetto hunter's later joined his Black hunters and recorded a six track album Kana Muchitidako Tichauyako. The six tracks are the title track Tichauyako popularly known as Kana Muchitidako, Ndineiko, Rudo, Kutenderana, Tangazvako and Kwamagogo. The Black Hunters have 11 members, Jacob Moyana Rhythm, Erison Chauke Lead, Alfig Charandura drums, Mucharei Mazungunye Bass and the technical team.
Moyana told The Mirror that music fans in Zimbabwe are not attracted by music with serious messages so he produced Munotidako so that he will attract more audiences. He further said that he have got more than nine complete albums. Next year he is expecting to release his second album titled Pamhatakatarisa (repeat while we look) which he said is already recorded. Moyana recorded his own music because he did not have money to go to well established recording companies. He pleaded with the business community and music promoters to help upcoming musicians.
Moyana also urged those who want to join the music industry not to aim for money, he added that one should lose what he love to be successful in the music industry.
In his last words he said "Kana muchitidako tichauyako asi zvekushandisa ndizvo zvinotinetsa saka vanokwanisa tibatsirei kuti tiuyeko."