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Matiparadza: A Song For Tapiwa Makore

Morren Nengomasha

By Ronnie Chisamba

Gospel-jazz songbird Morren Nengomasha (27) has penned and released her latest single offering, Matiparadza, a tribute to the late Tapiwa Makore – a 7-year-old Murehwa boy who was a victim of a gruesome ritual murder on the 18th of last month.

The song blends gospel, jazz and Shona rhetorical prose to tell the sombre loss of a young life. Tah Mushona features the song which was produced by Psaltz at Goldmint Studios International.

The official launch of the track on social media platforms comes ahead of the planned protest against ritual killings march by musicians and artists under the auspices of the Artists Of Hope Movement – a group that brings musicians and artists from all walks of life together.

Friday this week is the day that has been chosen for the march. The first of its kind, the legal event will be held in the capital.

A menace to humanity and social development, ritual killings are fast becoming a growing problem in the country. On 14 May 2017 a 3-year-old girl, Makatendeka Loveness Takawira was killed and her body was discovered mutilated in a suspected case of ritual killing.

Tafadzwa Shamba and Tapiwa Makore (senior) – an uncle and namesake to the deceased – have since been arrested for Tapiwa’s horrific murder.

Musicians and artists believe the protest march will go a long way towards educating people about the ills of ritual murders. Stiffer penalties for perpetrators of the heinous crime will also be advocated for during the Friday march.

Born in Harare, Morren launched her music career in 2017. Released the same year, her debut 9-track album, Kamunamatiro, was a hit. The gospel-jazz artist is against ritual killings.

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