By Mutsa Makuvaza
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s son and namesake this Wednesday visited the Mbare-based Chillspot Records run by prominent music DJ Fantan, and Zimbabweans got furious over the developments labelled Fantan a “repeat offender”after he defended Zanu-PF MP Tino Machakaire last week.
Fantan, real name Arnold Kamudyariwa, was last week hounded by social media fans after he stood on the side of Youth deputy Minister Tino Machakaire when the Wedza South MP was roundly criticized over suspicions he had purchased a US$700,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom from the UK.
However, Fantan seems to have stuck sticks into his ears as he today received President Mnangagwa’s son Emmerson at his flourishing studios.
“Emmerson Mnangangwa Jr visited the Mangoma depot, the ghetto buddies,” Fantan delighted on social media. “Such a humbling experience… we never thought would ever be visited by the First Son… Thank you so much… tadzidza zvakawanda (you’ve taught us a lot),” he said.
Immediately after, the comments section was blinking with insults and threats to unfollow the Chillspot Records label as social media police ganged up against the talented music producer.
Some tagged in Hopewell Chin’ono into the comments. A journalist by profession, Chin’ono has also turned into a fierce social media critic of anyone who hangs around Zanu-PF leaders, and led the assault against Fantan last week.
Chin’ono has also lashed out at Passion Java, Madam Boss, Mai TiTi, Jah Prayzah and many other artistes who hang around Government’s top brass.
Fantan last week attracted the anger of anti-ZanuPF activists including Chin’ono who labelled Fantan an “out of touch music producer”. This was after Fantan had said:
“Dear Honourable Machakaire, be strong mukuru, bcoz kune vanhu vanoda kusvibisa mazita evamwe pa social media just for clout. Garai muchiziva kuti ane bhora ndiye anomakwa, strongest soldiers get the hardest fight.
“Ndimi mbinga one isina noise kana show off asi murikurira muma streets zvekudaro. So zvinorwadza vavengi. Now vakufambisa mbiri yekuti makatenga hammer kkk havasikuziva kuti munobatsira hama,” Fantan poured out.
The criticism came crushing on Fantan’s social media platform like tones of bricks as his followers called him out for supporting “corrupt politicians.
Machakaire has previously funded Youths particularly in Zimdancehall. DJ Fantan, real name Arnold Kamudyariwa, runs Chillspot records which is one of the numerous beneficiaries of Machakaire’s benevolence. □