Windhoek – Limpopo-born musician Makhadzi has released a solemn song titled “Muvhili Wanga”, a dedication to 15-year-old Lufuno Mavhunga, who took her on life last week and was laid to rest on April 17.
The tribute to Lufuno reached 100,000 YouTube views in less than 24 hours after its release on April 16, and at the time of writing the number of hits had surpassed 250,000.
Lufuno, a pupil at Mbilwi Secondary School in Thohoyandou, took her own life after reportedly being subjected to incessant bullying.
Makhadzi is a victim of bullying herself.
“Muvhili Wanga”, which means “My Body”, was produced by Prince Benza, who also features on the single that addresses the issue of bullying. In it, Makhadzi speaks about her own experiences when she was continuously trolled on social media and to her face because of the way she looks.
The 24-year-old “Kokovhaa” hit-maker said she hoped the song would create awareness about the scourge of bullying.
“I recorded ‘Muvhili Wanga’ earlier this year. I didn’t know when to drop it. I sometimes feel like I was supposed to drop it before we lost our Lufuno, maybe I would have saved her life. I was singing about my life and how people always make fun of me on social media.
“Please play it (for) your kids, they must know from today that we are beautiful in different ways. This song is a song of #stop bullying awareness, it is dedicated to Lufuno, one student who lost her life because she was called names and beaten at school. RIP Lufuno!” Makhadzi said on social media.