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Chipanga eyes political rallies

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CONTROVERISAL sungura musician, Hosiah Chipanga, has shifted focus, preferring to perform at political rallies, which he said promised better prospects, since political parties often paid handsomely.

BY NUNURAI JENA

In a wide-ranging interview with NewsDay in Chinhoyi, where he rocked fans at a Zimbabwe People First rally, Chipanga said he was prepared to perform at all political rallies, including Zanu PF’s, as long as they paid for his services.

“Very few people are attending live shows nowadays, mainly because of the harsh economic environment that has eroded people’s disposable incomes,” he said.

“I can sing for any party, including Zanu PF, as long as they pay me, but unfortunately some parties refuse to pay after the show.”

Of late, the musician alleged that national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation had not been playing his music because he was critical of the administrative short-comings of President Robert Mugabe’s government.

Chipanga, who recently released a new album, Gamba, dedicated to the late decorated former Zimbabwe National Army commander, Solomon Mujuru, took a dig at Mugabe, whom he said should hand over power to a younger generation.

“Zanu PF needs to be reformed and should allow the younger generation to take over. The father should be led by the children when they are old enough,” he said.

Chipanga said Mugabe must take a cue from him, as he abandoned his political party projects, as he looks up to the younger generation to lead the country.

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