Kwekwe artist loses US$11k in 9 months



KWEKWE– The music industry in Zimbabwe is generally considered to be a tasking-yet-thankless business as most artists are struggling to eke out a living in an economy which was literally sent to the gallows by a striking dearth in foreign currency reserves and years of utter misgovernance on the part of the preceding government then led by deposed dictator Robert Mugabe.

To evade the typical destitution associated with, especially artists in the bloated Zimdancehall genre, Kwekwe born-and-bred serial hit-maker, Tiny Trigger (real name Pardon Kalisa) decided to venture into money-spinning ventures within the central business district of the gold-rich Midlands mining town. However, the Ndinowanzo KuStika singer has reportedly lost a whooping $11 000 to robbers on two separate incidences in just nine months.

Speaking to our Leisure and Lifestyle staffers in an exclusive interview this week, Trigger said he was attacked on two separate occasions by armed robbers at his residence in the populous Amaveni neighbourhood.

“This is not the first time that I have been robbed, my brother”, Trigger told this reporter in an interview.

“When they first came, they robbed me of $7 000 and that was last year. They then came, again, last month and violently pounced on our residence before asking for where I kept the money. They were fully armed and the only option that I was left with was to oblige for the safety of our family. They then got away with $4 000 and I reported the matter to Kwekwe police”, he said.

Trigger also revealed that he was back in the studio, working on a new album which will also carry a song ‘that will tell my story’.

“I am working on an album that will tell my story. I think I will have one or two pieces that will tell the story of my life as an artist. You know, as artists, we also wish to see our families benefiting from the sweat of our works and it is a pity that there are some people who are bent on reaping what they never sweated for”, he said.

Added Trigger:

“They laugh at us when we do not have money and they also rob from us when we make it in life. How many artists have you seen being reffered to as marombe eMagitare? But when these same marombe are trying to escape from the shackles of poverty, they rob from the same marombe. It’s a pity”.