How Poptain’s ‘Freedom’ Song Inspired Zimbabweans
25 October 2020
[Photo Credit:NewsDay Zimbabwe]
By Kinyua Mwangi
Just a year after long-serving Zimbabwe president, now deceased Robert Mugabe was ousted from power by his right-hand man Emerson Mnangagwa, a shimmer of hope spread through Shona land.
Mnangagwa would go on to clinch power much to the distaste of the opposition but Zimbabweans hoped that he was not like his predecessor Mugabe known for his authoritarian rule.
In 2018, a protest that broke out saw six of opposition supporters gunned down by police officers which caused uproar on Mnangagwa’s government.
It is after this incident that reggae and dancehall star Poptain released his well-animated music video for the song ‘Freedom’.
In the song, he talked about the killings of the six opposition supporters who Zimbabweans thought would not be hurt under the new regime of Mnangagwa.
‘Freedom’ tells it all. The clamor for Zimbabweans to express themselves without intimidation by the state nor blockage of movement.
‘All I ever wanted was freedom, grocery shop fi visit like random… Me never free no on at all,” part of the song’s lyrics read.
One of Poptain’s fans said that: “This is a good song that almost every youth in ZW relates to.”