Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Reporter
ARTISTES have a role to play in changing perceptions in society and today, musician Delukes will be releasing a song that seeks to fight ills of gender-based violence (GBV).
The song titled Wathint’umfazi is inspired by the need to respect the integrity and role of women as they, since time immemorial, have been pillars of society.
Every year, November 25 begins a journey of 16 days of activism against GBV. It is an international campaign meant to challenge violence against women and girls.
The campaign runs from November 25 – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to 10 December – Human Rights Day.
The artiste said the song that he hopes will be a banger, shows the value of women.
“Wathint’umfazi, wathint’imbokodo is an IsiNdebele/Zulu/isiXhosa adage meaning if you strike a woman, you strike a rock. It’s often used to mean that you can’t strike a woman and not face consequences.
“It’s my hope to use the song to empower women and also encourage men to play an active role in speaking out against GBV. I’m thrilled to have been able to lend a voice to the cause,” said DeLukes.
He said the song’s video features the talents of veteran television stars – Patrick Mabhena and Sithandazile Dube who play the role of parents. The visuals were captured by Phillip Corey Chipeta of Visuals by Corey, a Bulawayo-based video production company.
“Wathint’umfazi was recorded by Loud Records in Bulawayo Music with sensational songstress Mimmie Tarukwana on backing vocals, Gomez Dube on percussion, Mthabisi Moyo on guitar and DeLukes on lead vocals/mbira/hosho.”
Once released, the song will be available on various digital stores. – @mthabisi_mthire