FRESHLYGROUND and ZA NEWS join forces to produce new music video: ‘Chicken to Change’ – a cheeky challenge to his Excellency, Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

FRESHLYGROUND have teamed up with the internet satirical show ZA NEWS to make their second music video for their new album ‘Radio Africa’. The decision to hook up with the puppets from ZA NEWS was taken after His Excellency Comrade RG Mugabe declined a cordial invitation to participate in the video. His doppelganger, however, leapt at the opportunity! And brought along a couple of friends… Zolani sings about what a noble supernova Mugabe was, a shiny star, but that somewhere along the line he lost his way. However, he still holds the key to the country’s future. Is it still possible to impress following generations? Is there room for change in his heart? There is still time!

“An iridescent example of honour for the coming generation… You promised always to open the doors for us… Indeed it is you and only you who sleeps with the key… You are chicken to change!”

ZA NEWS pushes the envelope further by introducing the latex puppet of Bob Mugabe (designed by award-winning cartoonist and show co-creator Zapiro) and by including some of their regular brilliant characters, who dance along with Freshlyground … and some chickens (real and stuffed!). The band is dressed in superbly awful Zim-style 80’s fashion, and have choreographed a slick and sublime ‘chicken’ dance. Zolani sings in a shebeen with Thabo and JZ, rides in a limo with Bob, and shakes it with Tannie Helen!!

Cape Town based Freshlyground have already achieved GOLD sales status with their latest album ‘Radio Africa’, which has spawned a Top10 radio hit in ‘Fire Is Low’. It’s been a phenomenal year for the band, with back-to-back international tours and sharing the stage with Shakira at the FIFA 2010 World Cup closing ceremony, among other World Cup events. Their single with Shakira “Waka Waka – This Time for Africa” continues to hold the number one spot in many charts across Europe, with all proceeds form the sale of this single going to benefit football related charities.

The music video was directed by ZA NEWS co-creator and Executive Producer Thierry Cassuto, and was produced by Both Worlds Pictures. It was filmed and post-produced in state-of-the-art High-Definition in Cape Town, with the help of Media Film Services, Premiere Post Production, HD Hub, Waterfront Studios and Black Ginger.

The video will premiere on Tonight with Trevor Noah on M-Net on the 1st September 2010 at 19:30. Behind-the-scenes footage will be released on Showbiz Report on Etv on 4th September 2010.

“I loved interacting with the puppets and puppeteers. There was also something so incredibly refreshing about dealing with the serious subject matter of the President’s resistance to change in such a light and colourful way. Hopefully it still gets the message across clearly.” Zolani Mahola

“Working with Freshlyground has been a fabulous experience for the entire ZA NEWS team. This video allows us to kick off our third season with a bang and reach out to a bigger public through great music. And who knows, it could even help Zim chickens to finally come home to roost for old Bob” said Thierry Cassuto, ZA NEWS co-creator.

“I’ve been doing cartoons of Mugabe for years,” added Zapiro. “Working with Freshlyground gave us the opportunity to finally add him to our cast of latex characters. Although I positively love this puppet, I truly hope we can retire him sooner rather than later…”


Freshlyground formed in early 2002, and is made up of seven talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. www.freshlyground.com


ZA NEWS is a daily satirical show available on the web on www.zanews.co.za and on television on Summit (DStv channel 412), and is proudly sponsored by kulula.com


For more information contact: Sarah Barnett / 079 508 7788 / media@freshlyground.com