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ULoyiko is releasing and album called the 'Cries of Matabeleland'

by Thulani Nkala
23 Jul 2017 at 13:53hrs | Views
On Friday the 28th July 2017 uLoyiko will release 3 singles from their debut album called 'Cries of Matabeleland', followed by the release of the whole album by the 2nd week of August.

uLoyiko is a Siphesakhe Youth Organisation theatre production which tackles the difficult and traumatising subject of the gukurahundi genocide which was perpetrated by the government of President Robert Mugabe against the unarmed and innocent Ndebele/Mthwakazi people. uLoyiko has brought awareness to many South Africans on the issue of the genocide which had ostensibly been swept under the carpet for too long.

"Our album will be a mixture of accappella songs and poetry" explained Mr Manala who is the Researcher for the project. "Every struggle has its songs to uplift and inspire those in the trenches against an evil system like the one people of Matabeleland are faced with" Mr Manala said.

Mr Manala is confident that the songs will uplift many souls and challenge those sitting on the fence to get involved in their liberation. It only takes to listen their song "Nkosi sikelela uMthwakazi isizwe sethu" to know what Mr Manala is talking about. The song is a prayer for Mthwakazi, lyrically evocative and musically melodious and spiritually healing. I can predict that this song is going to be a hit.
When asked what else they have been doing for the past few months, Mr Manala said that they have been very busy, they sent a team of three people to Mthwakazi on a fact-finding mission. The team spent five weeks in Mthwakazi mingling with the ordinary people, talking, and listening to ordinary people's stories and aspirations. The findings of the research will be used in informing their next play which will be called "Woza Mthwakazi" to be launched at the end of the year.

Manala also revealed that they have visited most South African traditional leaders such as kings, talking to them about the plight of the Mthwakazi people in Zimbabwe. The traditional leaders were sympathetic and supportive of the Mthwakazi people, who are currently reeling under the oppressive rule of Mugabe and his government.

"One of the most important findings from our research trip to Mthwakazi has been that people are clear that they now want their country back, the people were clear that they constantly live in fear that the second genocide might be perpetrated against them, people do not feel safe at all" Mr Manala concluded.

uLoyiko continues to fight for Mthwakazi, maybe this will help to open the eyes of many Mthwakazi nationals to see that it is their struggle and they have to get involved fully without fear.

Source - Thulani Nkala