Gasa pushes to be police ambassador

HARARE - Sungura artiste Romeo Gasa, who now performs donning a police uniform on stage, says he is keen to be the official Zimbabwe Republic Police brand ambassador.

The former Chibuku Road to Fame winner, who recently launched his latest album titled Mupedza Nyaya, is keen to follow the footsteps of red-hot Jah Prayzah who is the Zimbabwe Defence Forces brand ambassador.

“I have been moving from one police office to the other in a bid to be formally appointed the brand ambassador for the police. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces has a brand ambassador so I will be very glad if the police endorse me as their brand ambassador,” the Chinhoyi-born Gasa told the Daily News.

The Extra Valembe leader, who now calls himself Chief Superintendent, said he was inspired by leading rhumba artistes to adopt the police uniform as his stage gear.

“Growing up I used to watch Congolese rhumba stars like Koffi Olomide and Sakis who at times went on stage in police uniforms and this obviously inspired me to go the same route,” he said.

Gasa has produced fairly successful albums that include Compressor, Rufaro Kwamuri, Simbi Hombe, Tichakunda, and Pin Code.

Apart from Gasa and Jah Prayzah, several other Zimbabwean artistes have come up with stage names and gear-associated with various professions. “Captain” Suluman Chimbetu and “General” Sniper Storm associate themselves with the army while Zimdancehall “Doctor” Freeman, who held a birthday bash at Club Super Label on Friday night, sometimes impersonates a doctor on stage.

Award-winning Zimdancehall artiste Lady Squanda sometimes dresses like a nurse on stage in keeping with her nickname — the Dancehall nurse.

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