Today I will try to tackle a broad and contentious topic of music in the message. Myself I like music so much, but I have come to understand that the standard that we set ourselves at times leads us into having a hypocritical nature on what we listen to.
Very often people confuse music with genre, and thus plunging us into a zone of ill-fated opinions which are then taken as doctrine as well as assumed interpretations of what Message music is.
Social identity is defined as the way that individuals label themselves as members of particular groups. These groups have certain behaviours and conduct which are considered to be adhered throughout the whole board.
One thing interesting though in my circles especially in Zimbabwe is that of people who do not want a certain genre just because they perceive it is worldly. Had their dislike be premised only on that and spread over every other genre, then I would agree with them.
What shocks me most here in Zimbabwe is that we do not even have what we call our own beat, or rhythm we can be identified with.
Zimbabwean believers can easily accept Rhumba, Reggae, Ragga, Soul, Blues, you name them but cannot accept what I call “chimurenga/jiti” kind OF #simudzira_chiyero by Hannah Chikosi or #chikepe.
That’s how timid we are that believers say they do not listen to Zimpraise whilst their phones are full of the South African equivalents.
Such kind of hypocrisy calls every fast song as worldly, emotional whilst every slow song is worship and spiritual.
Have you ever thought of the kind of music that was played for Elisha before he got into the Spirit? Was it a slow song or a fast jubilating song? Was the rhythm of the song the same as those the worshippers of Baal used or it was totally different?
Or, what really matters in a song? The beat, the spirit, the genre or the words? I do not know, you help me. What is message music?
A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with a brother at a wedding, and he had concerns over the kind of music that was being played. I wouldn’t but agree on everything that he would say until he didn’t provide solutions to the problem he was citing.
We have people who believe that COUNTRY is the only genre and these have fallen victim to many “love” songs which have lyrics which can be twisted to be gospel.
Some only play the organ, that is what they hear on TAPES! Some deny the drum, because as they argue, it brings in a lot of dancing, but you wonder why WMB would dance to the African drum at a bon-fire in Mozambique. I do not know?
Some do not believe in duets of brothers and sisters yet you see them enjoy Blessed Assurance. All I am asking is help.
What music can we qualify? Why do we wait for the Trinidadans to adopt “Bofu/Ndione” then we accept it. When “I know My Redeemer lives” was sung by Nicole Mullen no one accepted it, but when we had the West Indian rendition we embraced it.
I can go on and on and on of many songs that we waited for other “known” people to sing, so that we accept it.
Look at ‘Mazuva Ose’, a song which struggled at the beginning just because people felt it was coming from the denominations. Let alone the Zimbabwean masterpiece “You are Alpha and Omega”, good worship songs which when sung by a good heart, brings down HIS presence.
Many people always cry out “WE WANT ONLY BELIEVE SONGS ONLY”, but you sing one song, they do not even know it. They no longer have the songbook at their bookshelf. Yes! Practice them songs with your family at home and it will save song leader some breath.
Okay! Back to my story. Remember “I like good singing”. Not an over-trained voice that gets so high till the singer gets blue in the face.
What we do not have in Zimbabwe is our own brand of music and that has led to us shunning our local artistes and genres whilst favouring foreign genres, which to us will never be worldly? Is it so?
MUSIC CARRY SPIRITS, LETS BE ON THE WATCH.
Belt it out, AT LEAST I WILL DANCE TO IT, EVEN WORSHIP THROUGH IT. WHY NOT