JACOB Moyana may be loathed by some with even fellow musicians resenting him, but Sulumani Chimbetu appears to be offering a helping hand.

At least that is the thinking after watching Moyana's DVD released this week.

Sulu features on the DVD on the track Tichauyako (Munotidako).

The video starts off with Sulu calling Moyana with his trademark Chopper Nokia 5110.

Moyana receives the call in an office on a landline and is invited to come to Harare from his base in Beitbridge.

"Tichauyako kana muchitidako (we will come if you want us there)," he replies.

Sulu yesterday said he is happy to assist Moyana.

"We simply acted out what actually transpired for Moyana to come to Harare. We invited him on realisation of his immense talent so that he can also get exposure," Sulu said.

He said Moyana is a diverse musician who is steadily growing on the Harare scene hence required support.

Asked whether his support was an endorsement of Moyana's purported perversion in his lyrics, Sulu said the music was not vulgar.

"Moyana like any other artiste has his own expressionism and people do not have to misconstrue it," Sulu said.

Unfortunately, however, the video is not as creative as the music itself.

The scripting is rather too ordinary and the costume is monotonous.

Moyana's manager Kenneth Zimondi yesterday said they could have come up with a better product had they managed to secure funding for the project.

"There are some shooting sites we had to change and a lot of other compromises because of lack of funding. We were supposed to travel to a rural area to shoot the video for the track Nhamo, but we failed to get funding," Zimondi said.

Zimondi said they had to rush the project so that at least people can see Moyana as many have been duped by unscrupulous musicians who are using his name in booking shows.

"A lot of venue owners have lost money because they had never seen Jacob so some people would approach them and collect booking fees only for the people to disappear," he said.

He, however, said the response they have been getting from the public was encouraging.

"We released the DVD on Wednesday last week and sold till Friday when we had to travel to Chiredzi for shows, but the break dealt us a blow because when we came back we found the DVD pirated," Zimondi said.

"It is encouraging though; that some have been refusing to buy the pirated copies and we have been getting orders every day."


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