The Herald (Harare)

20 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Battle of Bling

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King of Bling Desmond 'Stunner' Chideme.

My Own Boss finals held over the weekend proved to be a battle ground of bling as the country's most stylish urban groove singers Enock "EXQ" Munhenga, Desmond "Stunner" Chideme and Mudiwa Mutandwa massaged their egos in front of a huge crowd.

Dressed in a nice jacket, a matching black trousers and a pair of glass shoes, Stunner was first to take to the stage and quickly 'anointed' himself as the true "boss of swag."

"I know I have been in the news for good and bad things but as you can see when it comes to fashion I am a trendsetter," Stunner said much to the delight of the audience.

Stunner then went to sing the self-praising song "Godo". His performance was good and after the show, there was a standing ovation for the youthful musician.

Not to be outdone, EXQ also took time to praise himself. He called himself, an authenticated love singer.

He was also flashy in his dressing, wearing sunglasses. He went on to sing his famous hit, "Mazirudo," and revellers drooled for more.

However, if the events of the night were to determine the true "King of Swag," then Mudiwa could have easily ascended to the throne.

Dressed in a lime green jacket and a pair of jeans, the musician started off boasting about his academic qualifications, describing himself the "best university student to graduate last year."

He then burst into his famous song "Taita Mari," joined by businessman Philip Chiyangwa.

The house went haywire as everyone joined him in the chorus

Fascinated by such polished acts, businessman Nigel Chanakira reviewed that he makes it a habit to buy autographed discs from urban groove singers to curb piracy and promote the art industry.

He said he was saddened that Zimbabwe has good singers but they had nothing to show for it.

"Zimbabwe has good singers but they have nothing to show for it.

"The art industry is not paying, so I have decided to make it a habit to buy autographed CDs from the owners of the music so that I can promote them," said Chanakira.

Investor Shingi Mutasa appealed to other investors to invest in the arts sector saying its one way to create employment for the youths.

"This industry has evolved over the years, and from the performance I saw today I think it's good to take the music industry seriously.

In other countries, music reward handsomely," said Mutasa.

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