29 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Sniper Speaks Against Gender-Based Violence

Photo: Sniper Storm/Facebook
Musician Donald Chirisa

True to his other name 'Gweta Rinomirira Vakadzi', Sniper Storm spoke passionately against gender-based violence at the launch of the commemoration of 16 days against gender-based violence held in Harare over the weekend.

The musician who was performing at the event touched on several issues pertaining to gender based violence.

"I am passionate about issues of gender-based violence and I will continue to sing against ill treating women.

"Since my formative years I have been saying let's stop this habit of exchanging blows in the home," said Sniper.

The musician later burst into his gender related songs much to the delight of the audience who included Ministers Olivia Muchena and Oppah Muchinguri.

The crowd went haywire when Sniper performed his first hit Kubhinya.

"Kubhinya kuginyabvura,

usaite musikana wekumanikidza,

vasikana vakakuona vanozotiza

kubhururuka vachienda kungehwiza," Sniper chanted.

Sniper also performed songs such as "Musikana Haarohwe", and "Love Yemusoja".

Sniper was inspired to sing about the evils of domestic violence because his parents divorced when he was very young and had to be raised by his grandmother.

Born in 1979, Donald Chirisa Better known to many as Sniper Storm, he has been a musician since his high school days at Seke 4 High in Chitungwiza.

"It was, however, in 2000 when he made his grand entrance on the music circles with his single, "Dem Wanna Know Me".

He also featured on David Chifunyise's remix of the hit, "Tauya Naye".

Since then he has never looked back and has been produced hit after hit.

Some of his famous songs include "One Room", "Bhinya, Muno" (hazvisi bho), "Mai Chisamba", "Ndakabata Mic", "Gede", "Kechi One" and just to mention a few.

Sniper has featured on many projects since, Including Extra Large's "Roja Dance", "Aiwa Mukoma" and "Wonde".

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