Teen musician tackles child abuse

WITH cases of child abuse on the rise in the country, Chitungwiza-based teen gospel musician Theresa Jackson has released a single accompanied with a video titled Sei Muchidaro? in which she denounces perpetrators of child abuse.

Report by Jairos Saunyama Own Correspondent

Jackson (14), who is the daughter of popular actor Charles Jackson who played the role of Dhazimata in the popular drama Timmy NaBonzo —  is well known for tackling social and health issues. She did another successful song in which she addressed the issue of cholera two years ago.

The video Sei Muchindidaro? is a sorrowful and emotional one that easily draws tears from the audience. It narrates the ordeal of orphans who are being abused by their foster parents.

The soft spoken gospel musician, who is a Form One student at St Mary’s Secondary School, said she wrote the song driven by the rising rate of child abuse in the country.

“I have both parents, but I have seen unfortunate kids being ill-treated by their step fathers or mothers which is a bad thing,” she said

“Children are being abused everyday and perpetrators are getting away with it. I believe this song will do a lot in educating and informing people about child abuse.”

Jackson started her gospel musical career three years ago and has become one of the youngest musicians in the country after Munyaradzi Munodawafa who ventured into music at the age of 10 and Munashe Tanjani (Spiderman) a dancehall youth musician aged 13.

She attended Tangenhamo Primary School before going for secondary education at St Mary’s in Chitungwiza.

She was only eight when her first song titled Cholera was produced by Tonderai Diza aka “Tony Fresh”.

She then joined Monolio Studios in 2010 where she recorded her first eight-track album titled Mwari Vanoshamisa.  The first track, Calvary, was well received at local national radio stations.

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