Usually, we have heard bad narratives about freeloaders.
Unlike a friendly houseguest, a freeloader does not care about what you have going on in your life, only their comfort.
They may even make complaints about the beer they’re drinking.
Freeloaders aren’t hard to spot. Their reputation, like Ginimbi’s, usually precedes them.
They don’t respect your wellbeing, only theirs. They don’t care if you had a hard day at work. They don’t care if your relationship is rocky because they are living the good life via you.
The prevalent sentiment is freeloaders stinks and folks don’t really like them that much.
But that may change soon, only if proud freeloaders could draw pearls of wisdom from “Fadza Mutengi”, a duet by Zimdancehalls’ faves, Poptain and Allanah’s latest.
The inescapable beer anthem which comes under a streak of NashTV’s #ColorVibes series – a visual program that seeks to present unfiltered artist experience – enacts a pragmatic etiquette for “MaPoachers”, a term commonly used in street slang to refer to freeloaders who come to a bar or club with little or no money only to bother other patrons for booze.
The song sees Poptain and the gorgeour Allanah enjoining freeloaders to go to the sheers of verbal, physical, emotional and psychological entertaining and placating their victims with humour, wit and even misrepresented facts to get them in a continuous generous mode.
While we are usually used to Poptain real name Ameen Jaleel Matanga’s mix of weighty social consciousness, effortless cadence and casual patois fluency with intricate wordplays, Fadza Mutengi has the makings of a club banger which could be thrashing in nightclubs, beer-halls and bars, only if they were not closed because of the “Rona.
A selfless creative who was underground for several years, Poptain could not bask in the glory of creating this song alone but rather shared it with his collaborator, Allanah, even if she is lesser-known. Asked how it was like working with the songbird, the “King of new school conscious” said the experience was magical as Allanah brought to the table some creative elements he lacks.
“It was real magical working with Allanah. I think if I have done the song alone, it would have been too hard or not easy on the ears but she slowed it down, put a groove to it and added some nice harmonies and ad-libs. It was nothing planned. It was just two energies in the studio and boom… a song came out,” said Poptain in a phone interview.
Indeed, the song is a head-bopping and clark-cranking joint that continues the time-honoured tradition of combining music and booze. And just like the best love songs can make a night more romantic and the sexiest songs can heighten an already intimate evening, this song is a surefire way to keep the party going.
The nation could be on some sort of lockdown level that still maintains that pubs and nightclubs remain shut, but our phones are not. So, check out the song and video, turn up the volume and get the latest jewels and etiquette for freeloading. Till we meet when the nightclubs are opened…