Gospel rap artist Mudiwa “Hood” Mutandwa has joined the bandwagon of artists singing praises of controversial businessman Wicknell Chivhayo after he reposted a video of the businessman on his own Facebook wall, along with a passionate praise caption.
By Kennedy Nyavaya
The musician shelved his usual self-praise and celestial messages to post the message titled, Never Insult Money, which invited mixed reactions among his followers.
In 2013, Mudiwa was given a new Mercedes Benz C200 Kompressor by flamboyant prophet Uebert Angel. The self-proclaimed man of God said the present was an appreciation for the “excellent gospel work” the musician was doing.
However, Mudiwa’s recent Facebook post is viewed as a way of drawing himself closer to Chivhayo following the departure of his spiritual father. Last month, the controversial businessman gave R100 000 to South Africa-based Zimbabwean comedian Baba Tencen for being “the only sensible comedian in the country”.
“If you see a rich man, if you cannot praise and you have nothing good to say, just walk away…you lose nothing,” Mudiwa wrote on his Facebook wall last Monday.
The Anhu Acho Tisu hitmaker recalled how an act of “respect” for business tycoon Phillip Chiyangwa yielded giveaways in the form of money and a residential stand last year.
“Imagine if I had pride and sed hamaya phidza haayite bla bla [said bad things about him]…u [you] have no idea how much it pays [to be] respectful,” said the swanky artist.
In similar fashion like Zimdancehall chanter Seh Calaz — who recently released a song Siyana Navo, which praises Chivhayo — Mudiwa’s message was punctuated with admiration of the businessman, wishing him long life for his Zifa sponsorship.
“I love soccer and Sir won my heart and respect when he directed his own money to benefit Zifa and the nation at large,” read part of the post.
In his song, Seh Calaz brands Chivhayo as a heaven-sent angel in the three minutes 49 seconds-long single.
Seh Calaz’s manager was quoted on a local radio station saying: “Our motivation is in sharp contrast with the popularly held view that we are looking for a fat cheque. Seh Calaz was simply encouraging people to appreciate when others do good.”
Speaking to Zi-FM radio last week, Chivhayo refuted claims that he had promised to pay the Zimdancehall sensation to record the song.
“Those chats weren’t mine. If you know any of my numbers, you’d know that profile picture is not on my WhatsApp platforms,” Chivhayo said.
“After I gave Pasuwa money, a WhatsApp message circulated saying let’s forward this message to Sir Wicknell to say thank you because after paying Pasuwa his salary, he then donated $20 000 to Seh Calaz, saying thank you. Already that was false because I’ve never spoken to Seh Calaz, I don’t even have his number.”