SOUTH AFRICA-based all-female musical group, Girls Out, successfully shot a video for their album released in August 2014 called Not on Women in Bulawayo’s Entumbane, Nkulumane and Pumula high-density suburbs last Friday.
Their manager Cruz Moyo told Southern Eye Lifestyle in an interview that the album seeks to fight against gender-based violence and child abuse and the video highlights this theme.
“The theme of the album is fight against women abuse. Much has been said about women and child abuse, but little has been done. The group came into the country before the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence commemorations, but was discouraged as there were no activities around the event. We did not see anyone campaigning or any artistes coming together to highlight this important event,” Moyo said.
“Girls Out is a member of People Opposing Women Abuse (a South African non-governmental organisation) that fight against gender-based violence.
“We work together with the organisation and are active in raising awareness that gender-based violence is a human rights violation.
“We came to be part of the commemorations, but were let down as people seem to overlook this issue.
“Women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of human rights,” he said.
The seven-track rhumba album was recorded at KB Studios in Johannesburg and features Marc Mulaya and Kacherena from the Democratic Republic of Congo on two tracks.
“We met Mulaya and Kacherena at KB Studios. They are musicians based in South Africa and their music and ours are similar.
“When they listened to our album being played in the studio, they asked if we could collaborate and this added a unique feel to the album,” Moyo said.
The five-member group’s music is protest in nature and is similar to that of Motswana sensation Magdalene Lesolebe, who is popularly known as Charma Gal.
They derive their thinking from a gender perspective since they exclude the roles of man, referring to them as subversive.
They complain of how they cook, do laundry and take care of men, who in turn abuse and hurt them.