Pilato’s Childish Gambino cover dominates Social Media

Controversial Zambian hip hop recording satirist Fumba Chama, known professionally as Pilato, has dropped another hit cover production depicting Zambia’s social political state of affairs and plummeting democracy, just two months after returning from exile.

In May 2015, Pilato faced arrest after releasing “aLungu Anabwela” a cover of Nashil Pitchen Kazembe’s aPhiri Anabwela, as the state perceived the song a direct assault on Zambia’s newly elected President Edgar Lungu, whose alcoholism had been a subject of public discussion.

The case was however dropped and the Ndola based singer was released after spending days in remand prison. He apologised to the ruling party and the President for the ‘malicious’ song, but vowed to continue representing the voiceless through his music.

Indeed, not long after, Pilato released the naughty hit “Koswe Mumpoto” which attracted direct threats on his life from ruling party cadres; forcing him into self imposed exile to South Africa.

But last week, the controversial singer who is back in the country, facing trial for taking part in a public Fire Tender procurement protest, released yet another creative cover hit. It is titled “This is Zambia” a remake of the song “This is America” which was originally done by Childish Gambino, an American actor, comedian, writer, director, record producer, singer, songwriter, rapper and DJ.

The video, shared on the News Diggers video channel, was shot in a wear house, just like the original, but the lyrics are localised to depict the social political meltdown of Africa’s cream of democracy.

This is Zambia
Ni same na mafia
Ama taxes higher
Ama salary maya
To survive mu Zambia
kusanguka cadre
Are you Lozi or Tonga
They will call you tribal
Please give the Bible
Ni corruption nation
But Christian nation

Give us beer yeye
we love beer yeye
Give us beer yeye
Give us iwee give us…

This is Zambia
The home copper
But you see how we live now?
But you see how we suffer now?
This is Zambia
Education is not the key to success
But you political party – Yeh!

This is Zambia
Avic International
Run by China
This is silly
Who sold a school?
Now that’s a fool
Scandal pa scandal
Scandal pa scandal
Scandal pa scandal – Uuum Iwe!

This is Zambia
Nga baiba yapena economy
They call for prayer
Horabarakataba…!
Ama pastor for hire

This is Zambia
Land of graduates
Scared of co-boys
This is Zambia
Ngati Boma igula
Mitengo ni higher
Kugulisa ni lower

Nibamambala yeh!
Batibela yeh!
Wafunsa walakwa yeh!

Zambia! We have been a avicted by Avic International, ba youth bikeni ubwalwa panshi sakamaneni icalo cenu.
Zambia! Abakwata amano baletina abashakwata. Zambia! lesa atupela Copper but abalesekelamo teifwe, Zambia!

         

Joseph Mwenda

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Joseph Mwenda is experienced in political news writing, photography and video editing.

Email: joseph [at] diggers [dot] news

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