Ichwane LeBhaca aka Zelule Mtshali

Ichwane LeBhaca sings for Zuma

POPULAR MASKANDI musician, Ichwane Lebhaca has joined political fray by releasing a song drumming support for President Jacob Zuma’s second term at the helm of the ANC.

Born Zelule Mtshali, in Ixopo, south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, Ichwane Lebhaca’s latest album, Inkunzi Yomthakathi released in August, is certainly going to set tongues wagging.

One of the tracks, titled Umsholozi, the song praises Zuma as “innocent leader acquitted by courts” and deserves a second chance in Mangaung.

“Today Msholozi is a president because he was acquitted in all charges against him, the lyrics of the song says.

“If I remember correctly, those that were persecuting him, pressing rape and corruption charges against him were humbled because the courts acquitted him. Cases were thrown out of courts. He is innocent. He is a good leader with integrity and deserves a second chance. As communists, we will meet Mangaung.”

Mtshali says in the song, he is exercising his democratic right to freedom of expression.

“I am an artist and a poet and have a right to express my opinion on matters and issues that are happening in the country. I am of the view that Msholozi deserves a second chance as the president of the ANC and the country.”

On another track, Irhubo Lkwabhaca, a 44-year-old musician heap praises to Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, though he resides under Prince Melizwe Dlamini of Nhlangwini Traditional Council.

Prince Dlamini is one of the chiefs who applied to the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and claims to be accorded the same status and powers as Zwelithini. The commission has not yet made its ruling.

“I don’t have anything against Dlamini. But we have one king.”

Ichwane burst onto the music scene in 2008 when he won the Nedbank talent search competition. In 2009, he released his first album “Ubuyile Umaqondana”. The album sold 15,000 copies and was nominated on four categories in the South African Traditional Music Awards, but won none.

source: http://www.sowetanlive.co.za