MDC Women Launch 10 Track Album

The group comprises 32 women who are identified as Chinja Gospel Train. The album is expected to be launched at Mucheke Stadium on May 17.

The leader of the group, Tariro Muchemwa said their songs were meant to always remind Tsvangirai of the people who fought alongside with him and also to urge him not to give up as the current political arrangement was still far from perfect.

“There are a lot of people who died during the past 10 years in our struggle to remove Zanu PF from power. Women were greatly affectedduring the elections and most of the women in the country were tortured, raped and beaten. It is therefore against this background that we want to remind our president Mr Tsvangirai that women must not be forgotten because most politicians suffer with women during the struggle but the women usually fail to enjoy the fruits of their sweat," she said.

“We are however, not saying that only women must be remembered but families who lost their beloved ones in the struggle like the Chiminyas, Jongwe family, Matongo and Tandares among others must not be forgotten. Our message to our president is very clear and we wish him to know that the struggle is not yet over hence he must treat …Mugabe with caution,” said Muchemwa.

A popular young musician who made his name when he was below 10 years, in the late 1990s, Munyaradzi Munodawafa has since pledged to offer the women with all the assistance they might need for their album to get to every corner of the country. Munodawafa said he will also assist the women in staging live shows very soon.

“I discovered that the message in the songs are very meaningful to the extent that every Zimbabwean deserve to hear the songs so I will help these women to spread the message to the people. I will have my first show with this group on 17 May when the Prime Minister will be coming to Masvingo,” said Munodawafa.

The album was produced by Mapro productions in Masvingo.

Jeffryson Chitando Member of Parliament  (MDC-T) for Masvingo Central constituency who helped the women to realize their dream said he will make sure that the album will reach all targeted audience. “We shall market this project vigorously. If it means to add more people in the band, whether men or women to make the message known fast and better, nothing will stop us from doing that,” said Chitando.

The songs on the album are Takasangana nezvakawanda, Kana Motonga, New Zimbabwe, Teererai, Akapakata, Vana Vangu, Mutumwa, Zvishoma nezvishoma, Tinotenda baba and Paagere.