Female musician promotes feminism through music

by Fiona Mpofu                     

Luzibo Tabona Moyo, stage name Luchi Shiki recently released a song titled Imbokodo, which according to the singer is a catalyst for feminist topics to be openly discussed in society. 

Luzibo is a 22-year-old musician, painter, dancer and a choreographer, who is currently being mentored by Black umfolosi and Dynasty says she is passionate when it comes to music and wants to study musicology. 

“The type of music I do is a mixture of soul, RnB and African elements so I am one of the pioneers of a genre called Ndaramo where we mix old and new, so it's Ndaramo trap,” the musician said. It’s a mixture of African elements like mbira, marimba and hosho, incorporated with neo-soul style of piano playing and guitar playing,” she added.

Luzibo highlights that women in African societies are scared to address the topic of feminism for fear of being labelled as rude and disrespectful towards their male counter parts.

“Men don’t want to feel intimidated but that’s the point, we are not saying that we want to be men, No, we love being women but we want our femininity and our womanhood to be respected,” said Luchi. 

Luzibo adds that she feels feminism is being misinterpreted as feminists are being associated with women who hate men and females who consider themselves more superior than man. 

Moyo said; “That’s not what feminism is about, feminism is understanding that our similarities and differences as males and females make us equal. Just because I am feminine and you are masculine doesn’t mean that we are competing. No, you play your role as a man and I play my role as a woman but that doesn’t mean that  one gender is superior than the other.”

Talking to this publication, she added that when raising the male child, parents should stop instilling the idea of superiority and telling them that they are dominant as this mentality gives men the idea that they have the right to harass and abuse women. 

“So when a woman is being outspoken or sharing her thoughts or views men feel threatened and ask why ungiphikisa (why are you arguing) and it ends up becoming physical which is not how things are supposed to be,” added Moyo. 

She adds that women should stop normalising abuse and consider that speaking out can save someone in the same situation because what people get every day is a gift from God to change their tittle from victim to survivor. 

“Women should speak out, every story matters.  They should not be silent because it would be sad for one to live their life as a victim when they could be a survivor. They need to rise above that pain ,” said Tabona.  

Luzibo goes on to mention that the greatest challenge that female artists in Bulawayo face is the lack of support from fellow citizens, as they tend to compare their content to that of singers from out of Zimbabwe.