Jiti musician Baba Harare, whose real name is Braveman Chizvino, has described ZANU PF sympathiser and preacher Passion Java, born Panganai Java, as a social media bully. Baba Harare and Java have been exchanging jibes on social media and their “tiff” reportedly escalated after the former urged youths to register to vote. Java also mocked Baba Harare, describing the musician as a spent force.
Speaking in an interview with NewsDay, Baba Harare said he was not fighting Java to get likes and loves on social media platforms. He said: Java is a bully. I do not like bullies, particularly on social media. I don’t think Java needs a reason to start antagonising anyone. We might have bumped into each other on a few occasions, but I don’t know Java personally. I believe a person should not be silent when insulted by a bully. My responses to him were meant to stand up against the shenanigans of bullies.
Standing up against a bully is out of principle. My true fans understand this and, in fact, they have rallied behind me. We are encouraged as artistes that when someone is being unreasonably cruel, we should be quiet. I, however, don’t subscribe to that because sometimes addressing issues is necessary.
Java, like any bully, needs to be addressed. It is evident in the reaction to my retaliation to his nonsense that people are fed up with him. I think he is a very bad role model to society and his skewed perception of the world is damaging. So, when virtual paths are crossed, I had to tell him. Baba Harare recently released his seventh album titled Zimbabwean Giant.
The songs on the album are Haubvire, which features Jah Prayzah, Wandibaya Moyo, Ndauya featuring dancehall singer Freeman and Dan Lu P, Madhunamutuna, Munotichengeta featuring gospel singer Munyaradzi Munodawafa, Akanaka, Poto Inopisa featuring Mai Titi, Terera Mitemo featuring dancehall chanter Blot and Wazonditenderedza Pfungwa featuring urban groover ExQ.