Chipanga’s latest album challenges the existing Zimbabwean Regime
By R. Mafirakureva
Hosiah Chipanga, Mutare Based controversial sungura artist released a four track packed political charged album titled ‘Gamba’ which challenges the existing Mugabe regime.
The four track album was dedicated to the respected late liberation war hero Solomon Mujuru as shown by the C.D emblazoned with Mujuru’s Face. Four tracks on the album which are Gamba, KwaMarange,Vendor and Baba Abraham fearlessly embark upon challenges Zimbabwe is currently experiencing.
The Kwachu kwachu hit maker has proven to be a fearless government critic who is ready to be the voice of the voiceless against the existing government through his musical talent.
On the title track ‘Gamba’, Chipanga questions about the mysterious death of Mujuru by fire that took place four years ago at Solomon’s farm in Beatrice. The song expresses mixed feelings on how Mujuru failed to cheat death caused by fire whilst he had escaped helicopter gunships, landmines and grenades during the liberation war.
The song vendor nails on high unemployment crisis faced in the country whereby every Zimbabwean citizen is resorting to vending in order to survive in the deteriorating economy. The song also criticizes the police who have abandoned their constitutional duty of fighting crime by engaging in corrupt activities through taking bribery from motorists.
KwaMarange attacks the State for mismanaging Marange diamonds and claims that people living near the diamond fields are poorer as they are denied jobs to work in the mines and some are even forced to move away from the area.
In Abraham track, Chipanga engages in a prayer seeking God’s intervention to restore Zimbabwe. The album has been denied airplay from different radio stations in the country although it is becoming popular through circulating on social media.
Chipanga began his musical journey in late 1970s and his first song Dai Ndakaziva was banned by the Rhodesian government because it was perceived to be anti-government. He became popular with his song Kwachu kwachu.