The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Young Celebs and Their Wheels

OWNING a car these days isn't a big deal and now people ask what sort of car it is. For some obscure reason, young musicians' have developed a penchant to flaunt their cars and whatever money they get from staging shows it is almost always that they rush to buy cars thanks to dollarisation.

Gone are the times when nothing would come out of the music industry.

Their cars may not be posh or top-of-the-range but at least they paid for them with their hard-earned cash

We will give some celebrities a break considering that people have different areas of interest and while some may decide to spend in automobiles, others are investing in other areas like property, family education and so on.

Anyway, back to the car business, some of our young musicians have been turning heads with their wheels

Sniper Storm aka The General confessed to be a sucker for German cars. The proud owner of a VW Golf Four said his car was simple but it's no way near cheap.

"My car is high maintenance but I can live with it since it's a classy ride. My dream car, however, is a Range Rover Sport," he said.

ExQ drives around in a Mercedes A180 and he seems not to be fussy about cars while gospel singer Sabastian Magacha owns a Toyota Hilux Surf.

Young contemporary crooner Mukudzei Mukombe better known as Jah Prayzah said he is a proud owner of a Toyota Progress. He was, however, quick to point out that material things were secondary on his priority list because taking care of his family comes above everything.

"I like my car because it is an imitation of the Mercedes-Benz model. I am a big fan of the Mercedes-Benz but right now my focus is on fending for my family and my son Mukudzei Junior," he said.

Ninja President Winky D is one person who is not crazy about the flashy life and according to his manager, Jonathan Banda, that is not changing any time soon. The dancehall star is a proud owner of a Nissan Liberty that he bought not only for himself but the band as a whole.

"Winky D has always been a humble guy from the start and by buying the Liberty he had his band in mind. When we travel we travel with our instruments and that car is big enough to carry all of us. Our religion as Rastafarais encourages us to think of others. With that in mind he has been quietly channeling his money to projects that will benefit the youths from his ghetto," he said.

The manager added that the only way the Big Man is going to own a flashy car is when it comes from a donor as he would rather help his community than spend on material things.

Dianna Samkange, the former first lady of 2BG, has an eye for the finer things in life.

The songstress is looking into getting her hands on an Audi Q7 before the year ends because she said that is the kind of car that defines her.

"I drive a simple and reliable Nissan Liberty and I like it because it has never let me down. I have gone places with it but my car of choice is an Audi Q7 and if God allows I will own one before end of this year," she said.

But other divas in the likes of Plaxedes Wenyika and Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave say they love their cars big.

Plaxedes rolls in a Mercedes S Class, the latest Maybach shape, while Fungisai cruises in a Mercedes S class 2000 edition.

Celebrated car spinner-cum-Afrotonic "fusion of reggae and calispo" musician Fuzzy L real name Manzul Fazilahmed is not only big on wheels but the accessories that come with it.

"I own two red rides, the first one a BMW 325 Box Gushesh that I use for spinning and racing. My other Nissan Sentra is special because of its mad sound system that cost twice as much as the car. The sound system, the Rockford Forsgate, was built in South Africa for the speed and sound magazine," he said.

Extra Large are big fans of big boy toys with each of them owning a mean machine. Snagga Jim (Jimmy Mangezi) is not just bragging and calling an ordinary car he actually owns a Jaguar X200. The car, which he bought last year, is an upgrade from his BMW 3 series.

"I have a soft spot for BMWs but this time around I opted for this baby right here.

"Not only this but a Nissan Funga that I co-own with my partner Norman Manwere "Likkle N". Before the year ends, I will be going back to BMW, but it is going to be a 5 series., he said.

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