SEH CALAZ IN TROUBLE OVER DIRTY LYRICS
11 May 2018
Zim dancehall chanter, Seh Calaz – real name Tawanda Mumanyi – has been fined $100 by a Harare magistrate for releasing an explicit song titled Kurova Howa.
Boss Yala, as the chanter is fondly known, yesterday pleaded guilty to contravening Section 13 (b) as read with section (1a) of the censorship and entertainment control act, chapter 10:4 when he appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande.
Magistrate Sande found him guilty and fined him $100.
He risks being jailed 30 days should he fail to raise the fine by May 25.
The State, led by Francisca Mukumbiri, proved that on an unknown day but in 2016, Sergeant Brian Daimani of ZRP stationed at Harare Licence Inspectorate was informed that Mumanyi recorded and performed an explicit song entitled “Kurova Howa”.
After hearing the song, the sergeant located the artiste’s manager before confiscating the exhibit which has lyrics “Nhasi izuva rangu rekurova howa. Mumba inenge ingori ahowa pachiridzwa mhere kunge pane arohwa.
“…babe ita uchindikisa pahuro , ndorova zvingani zvima rounds. Ndadikitira ndipukute netauro, chinja magiya uchindibatirira, zvandinenge ndichiita mubedhurumu, ndiwe unoita ndisabuda mumachira,” goes part of the lyrics.
As a result the song was sent to the Censorship Board for a viewing compilation and recommendations.
The song was found not worth to be played and the authorities recommended that it should be banned.
In the mitigation, Mumanyi told the court that there are two versions of the song.
“There are two versions of the song, the clean and dirty one.
“The clean version is meant to be played on air (radio) while the other version seeks to entertain party animals at clubs.
“As an artiste, I entertain at the clubs not at churches so I give club DJs a dirty version.
“I have no control of the songs and I am not sure who made the song viral,” he said.
In the court, Seh Calaz was told to monitor his songs and avoid distributing dirty versions of the song as it affects the society.