Ex-deputy minister Chasi ventures into Zimdancehall

HARARE - Former Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs deputy minister Fortune Chasi has recorded duets with Zimdancehall artistes Killer T and Guspy Warrior.

The Mazowe South legislator collaborated with Guspy Warrior on a track called Life Haizi Easy

before teaming up with Killer T on a song called Zimbabwe Ino.

Chasi told the Daily News that he has always been a huge fan of the Zimdancehall genre.

“I am just beginning. I have interest in Zimdancehall as a genre because vanonakidza vakomana vacho. It’s just that the music has been associated with young people, but they also sing for the mature. If you listen to Killer T’s latest album Ngoma Ndaimba you will find that it is pregnant with meaning,” he said.

He added that he did two songs with Zimdancehall star Killer T.

“Zimbabwe Ino is my second song with Killer T. We worked on the song with him (Killer T) for a month, and it was released last week. We were working on it the whole of last month. I recorded one with Guspy last year but I hadn’t released it yet. I was too busy with government business, school, and work. It was just talking about the youths, about the challenges they face everyday,” Chasi.

The parliamentarian said his music seeks to avail advice to troubled youths.

“It started off as friendship with the boys in the ghetto after I had discovered that some needed help as they are affected by drugs. I grew up in the ghetto myself, so I know the struggle. A lot of them are also not able to record as they don’t have money.

“That’s where I came in. Some are opening studios, so I help them with microphones and laptops. Some just need business ideas, on how to invest, I teach them to bank their money in the event that they need to borrow money, and they can do so. I also teach them on life skills and some have stopped taking drugs.

“They would come to my house and I would also go to the ghetto. Right now I am on my way to Mbare to meet with the boys. I also want to look for Ras Pombi. He is young; I want to encourage him to pursue school,” he said.

Chasi, who was guest of honour at the launch of music legend Thomas Mapfumo’s Danger Zone early this year, is an uncle to rising musician Rudo Chasi.

“She is my late brother’s daughter, which automatically makes her mine. She is also a qualified lawyer and is pursuing a masters degree in intellectual property rights at Africa University.

“I know she is gifted, I don’t mind her singing even at night clubs. I know people have a perception that girls who come home late are of loose morals, but I don’t think like that. I believe in her,” he said.

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