FREEMAN HUMBLED . . . artiste named in controversial Big Five list

THE controversial Big Five list of Zimbabwean musicians on social media has triggered mixed reactions from a cross section of fans.

The Big Five list, in no particular order, includes Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah, Winky D, Janet Manyowa and Freeman.

Some think the Charambas deserve a place on the list.

Others are of the view that the list is worthless if it excludes Chimurenga maestro Thomas Mapfumo.

However, Zimdancehall chanter, Freeman, says he was inspired to know that he was being acknowledged as one of the Big Five musicians.

He also believes he deserves to be recognised among the top musicians in Zimbabwe.

“I feel so humbled,” he said.

“I also appreciate that I am being noticed within the music industry.

 “It’s so encouraging when you notice that there are people appreciating your work when you are still alive.

“I think I deserve the recognition. There are artistes who got into the music industry way back, but they are nowhere to be seen.

“I can’t mention names.

“I started music 11 years ago in 2011 and I am still relevant. So, it’s fair to say I deserve to be part of this list,” he said.

Freeman said his mission was to go international.

“I want to be an international artiste,” he said.

 “My wish is to be known in countries like Namibia, Tanzania or in every African country and even beyond.”

Freeman shot to stardom with the song Joina City in 2011.

His dream was to emulate Winky D’s journey when he entered the music scene. But for now, the sky is the limit for Freeman.