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Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:48

Skeffa & Faith Mussa: Musicians need to be properly Censored

Written by  Fostina Mkandawire
EVAWG ambassadors  Faith Mussa (left) and Skeffa Chimoto present at the briefing  - Pic by Stanley Makuti EVAWG ambassadors Faith Mussa (left) and Skeffa Chimoto present at the briefing - Pic by Stanley Makuti

Lilongwe, January 13, 2017: In the ongoing outcry against Mwiza Chavura’s ‘rape’ song, renowned musician Skeffa Chimoto on Friday called for regulatory bodies to put in place proper structures that censor artists that release immoral songs.

Chimoto who was speaking in his capacity as brand ambassador for a campaign called Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) which is under OXFAM Malawi, in Lilongwe, said it was sad to see recording studios allowing artists to record songs that incite violence against women and girls instead of ending violence against women.

The song ‘Rape’ was released on December 21,2017 and has received negative response from musicians, social media and various institutions for its content that encourages and promotes raping women.

Chimoto said artists have too much freedom that need to be limited by proper regulation that would offer stiff punishment to producers and artists who record songs that incite bad behavior in the minds of listeners.

“As an artist I call upon regulatory bodies like Musicians Associations of Malawi, to properly censor songs that promote violence of any kind, with the exception of Chavura’s song which openly promotes Rape if a woman turns a man down,” he said

Another brand ambassador for EVAWG gospel artist, Faith Mussa said media practitioners have a part to play to refuse airplay to songs that have content that incite violence.

“Radio and Television presenters should not promote songs that have offensive lyrics in this way we would be stepping up efforts to censor songs that promote violence,” he said

Oxfam Malawi Country Director, John Makina said songs like Rape that carry messages that promote demeaning women derail efforts made by organizations in the country to fight against Violence against women and girls.

“There are certain lyrics that should not be sung publicly because they have power to harm others these types of songs should be condemned, they are stumbling blocks against efforts being made to fight violence,” he said


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