Jeys responds to tribal slurs with call for unity

Jeys Marabini

Jeys Marabini

Bongani Ndlovu, Showbiz Correspondent
AFRO-Jazz musician Jeys Marabini has called on Zimbabweans who are from different tribes to  embrace each other in order to focus on development.

His call comes after he was reportedly subjected to tribal slurs, pelted and booed while on stage at the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

Jeys Marabini who was part of the entertainment during the inauguration, said his crime was t0 sing in isiNdebele.

He said a section of the crowd started saying hatinzwi Ndebele (we can’t understand isiNdebele).

“When we started singing, a section of the crowd responded by shouting that they did not understand Ndebele. They then started throwing cans, plastic bottles and other items at me and members of Kozekulunge Band,” posted Jeys Marabini on his Facebook page.

He said it was a sad that after demonstrating recently that Zimbabweans are united, some individuals were openly promoting tribalism.

“I stopped the band and told the rabble-rousers to stop promoting tribalism because Zimbabwe has many tribes. It was only then that the people who were shouting that they did not understand Ndebele and throwing objects stopped,” said Jeys Marabini.

He said he was saddened that after 37 years of independence Zimbabwe still had tribalists.

“It’s so painful that after 37 years of independence we still have tribalism challenges. I personally believe that music builds bridges and unites people,” said Jeys Marabini.

Other musicians came out in support of Jeys Marabini.

Renowned videographer Blaqs who was also at the inauguration said he witnessed Jeys Marabini’s ordeal and his heart sank.

“The inauguration was bittersweet for me. While I was happy for the change, I got a rude awakening when Jeys Marabini was booed for singing in isiNdebele.  Some things will never change,”  posted Blaqs on his Facebook page.


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  • zibulo

    we heard of this sad story on the hated Social media/whatsapp, the same platform said to ‘peddle lies”. Yet chronicle , herald, zbc/ztv were all there filming ,recording everything , and as a Captured News group, they were ‘careful” not to print it as it is. So if we still have suchj pople in charge of govt businesses hiding such shameful things, how do we get rid of them? Hidind does not and has never stopped blacks fighting for their freedom, yet under a black regime , state institutions still apply racism/tribalism. This paper and other family businesses will never chabge, their Maanagement must go. they are not good for a new Zimbabwe, in fact all govt businesses should be rid of all the Old Guard, otherwise we are wasting time and resources. they are irrelevant now. Jays why sound like yu never knew there is tribalism, who are the masjority civil service employees ekhaya kini, or in this region. Ubukholisa imali yeZANU and forgot reality

  • Doti yako Mrambinda

    Jays was stoned for his boring & uncreative music, not for singing in Ndebele.

    • zibulo

      …….and told atinzwe sindebere !!!! boring music my foot !!

  • Cry Baby

    I think we should desist from being very myopic and tribalistic. Jeys music is for the mature and relaxed environment. People went to the inauguration with one song in mind Kutonga kwaro gamba, even the other non=ndebele performers did not get any acknowledgement. Jeys music is not for rallies.

  • Guest

    I remember last year when a Bosso fan lifted a placard written “amashona yizinja”, Herald went for a full week criticizing Bosso fans regardless of their efforts they had done to discourage violence. Then today, a group of Shona speakers, not an individual, throws missiles at Jeys Marabini AND NOTHING IS SAID BY HERALD… PROPAGANDA IS STILL ALIVE

  • Doctor Do More

    This is just what is wrong with this country.What idiots go to a concert to hear lyrics. At a music festival you listen to the music. That was a serious tribal problem that if not ironed out will turn out in the “you keep your Harare I will keep my Bulawayo” Do we really want to go there?