VETERAN dancehall artiste Potato has revealed that he was sidelined for chanting in Shona back in the day.
He said the problem emanated from other chanters and promoters who felt Shona was not worthy in entertainment as they were biased towards Jamaican Patois or English.
“Back in the day, chanting in local languages was not appreciated, zvaitoshoresa.
“I remember at one show; my performance was cut short because I was chanting in Shona. “Ndakanzi honai zvaakuita, akuuraya dhanzi, which was not it.”
Popular for chanting on Andy Brown’s songs Zindoga and Mapurisa, as well other hit songs like Country Boy, Potato said despite being sidelined, he never gave up.
“I am someone who always preferred Shona and I stuck to it because that’s me and I’m proud of it. “Whenever I was sidelined for chanting in Shona, I never gave up, but continued until people started to appreciate it.
“Look at dancehall artistes today, they are all singing in Shona, which is good.” Despite being sidelined locally, Potato said he managed to win the attention of South African outfit Boom Shaka. “Boom Shaka came to Zimbabwe for a show and they liked my style of chanting in Shona.
“A few weeks later, they invited me to South Africa so we could work together. “I was there for six to eight months and then returned.
“One can never go wrong with their own language, it is when we try and imitate others were we get it wrong.”