Seh Calaz sent a birthday message to Chamisa, who leads the newly-formed Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC party, and claimed that the 44-year-old politician is the one tasked with bringing salvation to Zimbabwe.
Speaking amid worsening political, economic and humanitarian crises in the Southern African country, the “Mabhanditi” hitmaker said:
I would like to wish @nelsonchamjsa, Happy Birthday to the man with the task of securing a future for our generation and that of our children. May the Lord bless you with wisdom and patience and a long memory that will always remember how our generation suffered.#Shotreipapo.
Others said Calaz should work and feed his own family than wait on Chamisa to fix things in their families. Another one said:
musicians with waning carriers now using CCC to boost their music carrier. Winky akatomuka nazvo, Makalima akati handingasariri, nanaCalaz varipowo kuzama kurarama. [Winky D, Sanii Makhalima, Seh Calaz are reviving their careers by praising the Chamisa-led CCC.]
Others backed Calaz saying everyone, including artistes, could be better off in an enabling environment – where the economy is not inflationary, where taxes are not high.
Barely five months ago, Seh Calaz received overwhelming backlash on social media after wishing President Emmerson Mnangagwa a happy birthday.
As Mnangagwa turned 79 on 15 September 2021, Calaz took to social media to wish him a happy birthday in a social media post that attracted over 13 000 reactions. He wrote:
Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa Happy Birthday Your Excellency Mr President.,Road manake mukurova munandi mukuru wangu, mukuru we Zimbabwe haa zvaizvezvi, tikatakura zvimoko hazvichanzwa simbi dzichirira mumota.Ndinovimba Tsamba Yangu yakasvika isina kurohwa dilution ikawanzwa mvura kuti ishaye taste🙏🇿🇼More life chibaba👏Respecf👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿 (Happy birthday President ED Mnangagwa, thank you for the work you are doing on our roads, driving has become smooth).
But this did not go well with many of his fans who criticised him for singing Mnangagwa praises. While some argued that fixing roads does not improve the economy, some blasted him for “bootlicking” to gain favours. Calaz remained unfazed. He responded back then:
Ndaona ndamutsa zvipoko zvepa social media zvakangwarira kuda kutsoma vanhu but haaa ini kana hamuhwinhi, Go and Register to Vote Siyanai Neni. CHEKUTANGA: Ed sandiye president wemuno here and isn’t i my right to say happy birthday to him? and nekutozowedzera zvandonzwa kuda kuwedzera?
In Zimbabwe, artistes, save for a few musicians such as Thomas Mapfumo, have been avoiding publicly and or directly commenting or singing on political matters for fear of being victimised.