Producer tackles drug abuse

HARARE - Dancehall producer and musician Irah “Ziggy Zee” Manjengwa says his project, which assists talented young musicians in the ghetto to record their music, is underpinned by his desire to fight drug abuse.

The 26-year-old artiste told the Daily News that many youngsters are using high unemployment levels and poverty in the ghetto to justify indulgence in drugs.

“It is true that unemployment is a very big problem but drugs and crime are not solutions,” said the Kuwadzana Extension-based producer.

“Criticising youths engaged in drugs and crime without offering them a way out is pointless, that is why I have embarked on an initiative of assisting talented youths who are financially-challenged to record their music,” he said.

Ziggy Zee, who is a trained sound engineer, revealed that several artistes he has assisted are already receiving some airplay.

“Some of my products like Kudzai “De-vibe” Mahohoma, Lonrisha “Sister Mobby” Mafuname, Kudakwashe “Likke Faya” Manyumwa, Munyaradzi “Massive”Zulu and Alvina Magaya are slowly making names for themselves,” he said.

The young producer has already started holding concerts that showcase artistes under his stable.

“I thank God because he has blessed me with a public address system which we use during our shows. We also sell refreshments during these events to generate more income,” he said.

Ziggy Zee’s anti-drug project is taking shape at a time when several dancehall artistes like Guspy Warrior, Tobby, Seh Calaz, Princo Spice and Soul Jah Love have come up with songs that glorify the use of marijuana.

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