The jingles composed by Light Machine Gun (LMG) are expected on air on the national broadcaster starting this week. Light Machine Gun choir was formed by Zapu cadres in Zambia in 1978 during the liberation struggle.
Speaking at the launch of the jingles, Matabeleland South provincial information officer, Alois Chamboko who was representing Media, Information and Publicity Minister, Webster at the launch claimed that the jingles tell the story of a heroic people which wrested their land from the clutches of the white man.
“The revolutionary songs are part of our heritage, telling the story of our people. However these songs are losing respect because some people among us are belittling the songs, calling them jingles while deriding groups that sing them,” said Shamu.
According to Zanu (PF) sources , Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, the Zanu (PF) politburo member approached LMC with the idea of coming up with the Ndebele version of the jingles after a similar project failed due to reluctance of most musical groups in Bulawayo to take part in the composition of the jingles.
Commenting on the launch of the jingles by LMG choir, Methuseli Moyo, the Zapu spokesperson said the launch of the jingles is a non event because most of the original members of the choir deserted the choir long way back and joined Zapu.
“Most of the founders of LMG are now with Zapu. Those who have composed those songs are Zanu (PF) people masquerading as LMG. As Zapu we wish them well in their new project,” said Moyo.