Sunday, 18 January 2015

Mixed feelings over Carl Joshua Ncube's ‘Jesus’ joke

Brenda Phiri Entertainment Reporter
Renowned comedian Carl Joshua Ncube does not shy away from controversy and he is the first to admit it. No one is safe from his satire. He makes fun of politicians, men of the cloth, fellow celebrities and business people. Even Jesus Christ is not spared.

Ncube, who was a guest performer at Tendai “Tehn Diamond” Nguni’s birthday celebrations last weekend, attracted mixed feelings when he threw in a controversial joke at the end of his act.

“Now, Jesus was one of those guys who was easy-going.
Carl Joshua Ncube
“Remember at that wedding when they ran out of wine and Mary came to Jesus saying ‘Jesus we have run out of wine,’ and he said ‘Woman, do not bother me before my appointed time. I don’t normally like to do this but umm, Pihwai madrinks vasikana. Pihwai ma drinks vasikana. Zveku heaven tozo- zviona mangwana,’” he said, mimicking the song “Madrinks” by Tehn Diamond and Junior Brown.

While most people in the crowd enjoyed the joke, there were a number of shocked faces in the audience.

“Artistes should not be censored but that is blasphemous, not funny.

“He is a good comedian but that Jesus joke was uncalled for. It seems Carl has now joined a breed of most international comedians that see nothing wrong in joking about religion,” said a patron identified as Mika.

Meanwhile, the “Be Amazing” birthday bash lived up to its billing with scores of fans braving the rains to support of the award-winning rapper.

Fans were treated to top-class performances by musicians Ammara Brown, Trae Yung, Marcques, Trevor Dongo and poets So Profound and Madzitateguru, among others.

The gig was also marked by surprises with the birthday boy showcasing his mbira playing prowess in a duet with Ammara.

It was his performance at the peak of the show that took the party a gear up.

Tehn Diamond dished out most of the hits he did with Junior Brown and when fans thought they had seen it all, he performed his own, much to the delight of the crowd.

True to his song “Grown Up Kid”, his music presented a youthful yet vibrant feel that many attributed to experience in the industry.

He performed some of the songs from the upcoming album, “The Perfect Tehn” that showcased his maturity in the genre.

It was clear that he has given his music a Zimbabwean identity by deriving his lyrics from the urban African traditions and lifestyle.

This is a shift from other hip-hop artistes who find it fashionable to sing about superficial lifestyles they do not lead.

Tehn Diamond’s band members and producer Take Fizzo should also be commended for their beats that sent the crowd dancing even before the musician started singing.

His act also incorporated upcoming artistes that are promising to shake up the hip-hop sector. Herald
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