Harmonize Criticized After Advising Bongo Artists to Abandon Swahili Lyrics
17 February 2021
[Photo Credit: The Star]
By Paul A.
Konde Worldwide boss Harmonize has been criticized by a section of fans after advising musicians to make effort and incorporate English lyrics in their songs.
Through an Instagram post, Harmonize stated that he has received massive success with his ‘Bedroom’ and ‘Falling in love’ singles that were written in English.
According to Harmonize, the use of English is a perfect opportunity to market the bongo music globally.
"Nadhani Ni Time Sasa Ya Kuutangaza Muziki Pamoja na Tanzania Mbali Zaidi, Tumekuwa Tukiitangaza Lugha Yetu Pendwa Muda Mwingi Mno Na Kuifanya Imekuwa Lugha Maarufu Sana Africa (KISWAHILI) But nadhani ni Wakati Muafaka Wa Kuutangaza Muziki Wetu Pamoja Na Nchi Yetu! Zaidi, Njia Rahisi Ni Kuimba Muziki wa Kitanzania naku Shoot Video Tanzania Ila Wimbo Unaimba kwa Lugha Ambayo Dunia Nzima Inaelewa......!!!!!! Nayo ni (ENGLISH) Ndugu Wasanii Msiwe na Wasi Tuondoeni zile Zana Za Zamani Eti ukiiimba Kizungu Ngoma Haiwezi (HIT) Watanzania Wa Leo Sio Wajana Karibia Wote Wanatema (MAYAI) Mmeona Mifano Kama #BEDROOM #FALLINGINLOVE Hizi Zote ni (HIIIIT) Na Zimeimwa (ENGLISH) Japokuwa Ukitia Vineno Viwili Vitatu Vya Rugha Yetu Mama SIO MBAYA.....!!!!"posted Harmonize.
However, a section of fans believe that music is not defined by language. Some noted that popular pop hits like ‘Depacito’ have attained massive global success yet the composition is in Spanish.
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