The Herald (Harare)

13 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Zhakata Slams Domestic Violence

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Leonard Zhakata

Popular musician Leonard Zhakata has joined the bandwagon in the fight against gender based violence with a single titled "Murume Chaiye". Over the years, people have danced to songs such as Alick Macheso's "Baba VaSandi," and Snipers Storm's "Hubhinya," among others which talk about domestic violence.

And it is refreshing to see men who for long, have been seen as perpetrators of violence, taking the lead in the fight against gender based violence.

"Murume Chaiye" demystifies the popular notion that a real man should show masculine qualities when dealing with women.

The song also speaks against bashing wives.

"Women suffering at the hands of men should know that they are not alone in the fight against gender based violence. They should speak out not suffer in silence," said Zhakata.

In a career spanning over two decades, Zhakata is one of the few musicians who have managed to shy away from controversy.

He has managed to keep his personal life under wrap and is a role model to many people.

Born in 1968, Zhakata shot to fame as his danceable beats enthralled concert-goers across Zimbabwe.

He rose to prominence in the 1990s.

Zhakata's musical career started with the Maungwe Brothers.

Formed in the late 80s with his cousin, Thomas Makion, Maungwe Brothers released two albums before splitting to pursue solo careers.

Makion played back-up on Zhakata's smash 1994 solo album "Maruva Enyika", which spawned the huge hit "Mugove" and sold more than 120 000 copies.

Zhakata returned the favour by backing Makion on his solo album of the same year, "Makorokoto."

He is probably the greatest wordsmith in local music and his songs are saturated with lyrical depth.

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