Chanter Freeman recounts COVID-19 robbery. ZIM dancehall superstar Freeman has likened the Covid-19 pandemic to ‘armed’ robbery which claimed people’s lives and stalled their progress. The HKD boss said the past 18 months have been traumatic and unbearable to the creative sector members who lost their source of income.
He opened up to H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle ahead of the release of his 10th album aptly named . The much-anticipated album will be unveiled tomorrow on various social media platforms with an exclusive release party on cards.
The tracks list comprises Zvichanaka, Huhwi, Wairesi (Wireless), Don’t Do It, Gomba, Dare RemaGallies, Kusanganisa, Chimhanya featuring Tocky Vibes and Darular and of course the title track Robbery. Explaining the title of the album, the HKD boss said:
“The title was inspired by the Covid-19 which robbed us of our earnings, loved ones and stalled progress in every field. “The past 18 months or so have been very difficult for some of us who relied on live shows for survival.
“It was never easy for most of my peers to be able to bring food on the table and all the bad things which occurred for the greater part of the Covid-19 induced lockdown can be likened to robbery.” Freeman, who has since diversified in other fields like fashion, said the welfare of his band members gave him sleepless nights.
“It was a tough period as a band leader because were required to provide for the rest of the group as they look up to the band leader.
“However, we are grateful with the relaxation of the Covid-19 regulations which allows us to work even though we are not where we want. “Other sectors have been opened and I don’t think I will struggle again if the more virulent wave is to return.
“I have learnt to invest in other fields like fashion after months of inactivity due to a ban on public gatherings that we there before its relaxation,” he said. The former footie star who has since established himself as a singer said he still misses the live audience.
“We are going to host a release party where a few people have been invited while another launch has been set for late November in Bindura my home time. “It is my hope that the regulations will be further release so that I promote this album countrywide.
“It has always been my wish to reach out to my fans who have always followed my music and I will continue doing my best,” added Freeman who also assured his fans of new videos off the album before year-end.
The affable crooner, said who has been releasing singles for the greater part of the lockdown, said his 10th album was a bit special was a bit special album as compared to the previous albums.
“This particular album consists of ten tracks and Daruler and Tocky Vibes featured in one of the songs. “I worked with Cymplex, Rodney, Trim and Sunshine Studios. I can safely say 95 percent of the tracks were done by myself without many artistes featuring.
“My inspiration didn’t come from one angle but from our everyday lives,” he said. Besides the title track, Freeman singled another song titled Zvichanaka, which comforts people in these trying times of Covid-19.
“The song Zvichanaka highlights the way we hustle, the way we try to be better people as ghetto youths and as Zimbabweans as a whole hoping how things are going to be better,” he said.
He also said the other meaning of the track title track when it comes to love matters. “I’m also particular when it comes to love songs which explains the main track Robbery where I will be singing about how men try to wins a women’s heart,” said an ecstatic HKD boss.
Besides Robbery, Freeman boasts of a rich catalogue of other albums namely Tapinda Tapinda, Last Man Standing, Vabeliever, New Chapter, Varidzi Vezvinhu, Mangoma Hobho, Mukuru Wekambani, Gango and an EP titled Kusuka. Over the years, he has released a series of popular singles among them Joina City, Shaina and among others.
Source – H-Metro