The much awaited music collaboration between urban grooves legend Roki and Congolese rhumba giant Koffi Olomide has already started receiving criticism.
Titled Patati Patata the song was released on YouTube on Wednesday and Koffi is heard giving praise to President Emmerson Mnangagwa declaring “ED Mnangagwa number one”.
Some have expressed displeasure over the song with critics declaring Roki had signed his career obituary by associating with the song.
Others argue that rhumba music lovers will enjoy it despite the name dropping stunt saying Koffi is known for singing for presidents and one point performed at the wedding of the late former president Robert Mugabe’s daughter Bona.
Roki is currently working with self styled prophet Passion Java who has not hidden his admiration and support of Mnangagwa.
Roki has been on a recovery path, reviving his waning music fortunes and his association with Java has always been under scrutiny.
Main opposition MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere viewed this as a plot by ruling elites to capture the industry for political mileage.
“So your “plan” is to capture artists, make them sing your praise and then you will suddenly become popular? It will not work! The people can see from their pockets that the country is going in the wrong direction. Rhumba propaganda won’t change this. We need new leaders!”
Outspoken journalist Hopewell Chin’ono could not resist taking a dig on the song.
“The song died before it was even heard It is probably the most expensive music production in Zimbabwe, but because one name was mentioned in this song, yatofa yakarodha. More importantly, it shows you how citizens hate tyranny and Corruption. Folks are suffering,” he also tweeted.
The video got 30 thousand views in the first hour of release.