Stella Chiweshe launches vile attack on young Mukundu

Forgotten mbira artist Mbuya Stella Chiweshe has launched a vile attack on rising guitarist Takakunda Mukundu for doing a rendition of her project without permission.
Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter

HARARE – Forgotten mbira artist Mbuya Stella Chiweshe has launched a vile attack on rising guitarist Takakunda Mukundu for doing a rendition of her project without permission.

Chiweshe wrote a heavy and offensive post online describing Takakunda, a son of veteran guitarist Clive Mono Mukundu, as a ‘wicked guitarist’. 

“To all the people who were at the unveiling of Ambuya Nehanda medium’s statue, I would like to ask you if you saw me with anybody on stage,” asked Chiweshe. 

“Now I have seen a video of a guitarist sitting behind me playing a guitar that is spoiling my voice and the song that I did sung. Please, I would like to let you know that I am very disappointed. 

“Who edited that and added a guitarist. If you listen to the guitar it’s just spoiling my voice, it’s not playing along with it. I was alone on stage, now I see a wicked guitarist behind me, who is he? 

“Can someone explain to me, why it was edited afterwards without my knowledge. Who did that? I want an answer please, because even Lucifer does not have such cruelty,” said the angry Chiweshe. 

The post has attracted mixed responses from different people with some agreeing with Mbuya Stella Chiweshe on the issue of copyright while others have dismissed her as ‘childish’ and uninformed. 

According to Soundfly, the issue of covers is a little different from other types of intellectual property rights in the music sector. 

“Anyone can cover anyone’s song, and its creator cannot say no (that’s the compulsory part). But if you do cover a song, you must pay a royalty to the song’s creator (that’s the licensing part),” reads the article. 

Clive Mono Mukundu was not amused with the lack of maturity displayed by Chiweshe. 

“I am not happy at all with Mbuya Stella Chiweshe’s response to my son’s sound-tracking of her performance. 

“I do admit my son should have asked for permission, but humurange mwana (you don’t correct a child) by calling such a young boy, zera remuzukuru wenyu (almost the age of your grandchild) “A wicked guitarist”, your response was way out of hand, my son is a very respectful well raised child, far from being wicked,” wrote Mono Mukundu. 

The veteran producer has since demanded an apology from the Chachimurenga singer who rose to fame in the early 1980s. 

“After all I am easily accessible, my contacts are allover all arts institutions in Zimbabwe, you could have contacted me, I would have apologised together with my son, but with your over reaction and name calling, you now owe me and my family an apology instead,” he said.

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