By ZBC Reporter
Eleven artists from various music genres have joined the fight against child abuse through a song titled: ‘Regai Dzive Shiri’.
The artistes include Minister Mahendere, Sulumani Chimbetu, Sandra Ndebele, Selmor Mtukudzi, Anita Jackson, Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave, Progress Chipfumo and Larry Gunda.
“This is our way of telling people around the world to stop child abuse,” Mahendere said.
Fungai Zvakavano Mashavave said: “This is my calling I want people to understand how it is important to protect the girl child.”
Said Larry Gunda: “I advise other musicians to also make it a point to communicate about things like child abuse in their music so that the message gets to everyone. We should protect our children.”
Edzai Kachirekwa, the project coordinator noted: “Based on my own life experiences I decided to come up with such a project as a way of raising awareness on issues of child abuse. At some point I was abused as a child and I know how it feels.”
The project is in line with the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa’s campaign against early marriages, with the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Honourable Evelyn Ndlovu who represented the First Lady at the launch imploring society to protect the girl child.
“I have been making campaigns against child marriages and we must condemn it. I want to warn perpetrators,” Hon Ndlovu said.
Penned by Minister Mahendere, the song is based on the life experiences of the project coordinator Edzai Kachirekwa, who was abused when he was a child.