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Roki’s Chidzoka, a review

Article written by Tafadzwa Tarumbwa

I am not a fan of Passion Java’s so-called “pastor-hood” or his unwarranted political entanglements… But (putting all that aside) I need to comment on the new (remixed/acoustic) version of Roki’s Chidzoka which Java’s studio released 9 hours ago.

This 3rd Chidzoka version is a real tearjerker. Its vocals are more audible and clearer than the original version he did years ago. If you are a Zimbabwean struggling abroad (to make ends meet) this particular version will probably damage your emotions. As he cries, begging to come back home. And additionally haunted by the recurring dream ya Amai vake (his mother) telling him “it’s been too long now”

I really love how clear his words are… and how the backing vocals got replaced by soft instruments. And now for the criticism:

  1. I wish our creative “industry” was financially lucrative enough to emancipate legendary guys like Roki from the jaws of the likes of Passion Java.
  2. The drone shots seem to have a visibly lower picture quality, I think the drone had a camera quality that was just inferior to the camera on the ground. Or maybe the drone shots didn’t get colour graded the same way with the rest of the video.
  3. The microphone feels out of place to me. They should have tried using a vintage one (maybe), or a white one.. or maybe a brown one (to blend with the visual palette).
  4. I think the extras (other sculptors) should have been given an African wardrobe. Or something that magnifies their artistic-ness and their dreadlocks. It looks like the guys own the stones, and just got filmed in their regular clothes. Reality is nice and all… but there would have been no harm done if the “extras” had earthy colours, and black-bead necklaces or something.

Article written by Tafadzwa Tarumbwa Hourly Gossip

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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