Dancehall musicians are arguably making big strides in Zimbabwe and Donald Chirisa, affectionately known as Sniper Storm, has released another potentially-explosive album Salute the General.
Since making his breakthrough on the musical scene with his hit track Kubhinya, he has maintained consistency, releasing one good album after another.
His previous album, Ghetto Gospel, which carried tracks like Musikana Haarohwe, Kisimusi, Simukai vanhu vemughetto, could not scale to the heights set by Kubhinya, but this album could be the best release on the local showbiz scene this year.
“Salute the General is a package that reveals Sniper’s creativity and modern lyrical style in this genre.
“The album explores the very same topics that Sniper sings about that include child abuse, gender violence and the abuse of women.
“At the end of the day it is up to fans to appreciate his artistry and embrace him with his brand, the General,” said Robert Bhamu, Sniper’s manager.
Recorded and produced at Ice Reign Studios with some songs mastered at Sub Burn Faces studios owned by Bobo Markos, the album is an embodiment of the versatility that is in Sniper. The music indicates dancehall is growing to greater heights in Zimbabwe.
Songs on this album are on various “riddim- driven” beats such as the Duplate, Slit Personality, Guidance and Caribbean “riddims”.
Salute the General is a 16-track compilation that consists of hit tracks like Empress, which talks about the need to respect women who he describes as the backbone to success.
His creative lyrics on this song make it arguably one of the best songs on the album. Marambadoro is one of humorous songs that mainly speak about the repercussions likely to be faced by drunkards.
Pharaoh, Hatibroke, are two of the prominent tracks that have already been receiving commendable airplay on local stations.
The album will be officially launched end of July and is currently being marketed by Black Market Entertainment, a stable owned by Sniper.
“We are still negotiating with Kingston’s and Ministry of Styles at Joina City and several supermarkets to have the album available at these places,” said Bhamu.
He also added that this current project and his album will both be accompanied by video recordings.
Sniper has become one of the artists taking dancehall by storm and so far he has done curtain-raising performances for Jamaican American artist Sean Kingston, Capleton and Elphant Man.