Musician receives death threats, cancels concert
On 1 May 2006, prominent Zimbabwean musician Hosiah Chipanga was forced to pull out of the Workers Day celebrations organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), following anonymous death threats received on his mobile phone, reports the Media Institute of Southern Africa
Chipanga, whose compositions are mostly social, economic and political commentaries on the hardships being experienced by Zimbabweans, was billed to perform at the ZCTU-organised activities at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare.He told the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe that he started receiving the calls on 29 and 30 April, about two days before the event. “The anonymous callers would ask me if I still valued my life. I then decided against proceeding with the performance for my own personal security,” he said.
A member of the Apostolic Faith, Chipanga, however, said no amount of threats would deter him from composing songs that express the truth about the state of affairs in Zimbabwe.
Wellington Chibhebhe, the ZCTU secretary-general, confirmed to MISA-Zimbabwe that Chipanga had told him that he could no longer perform at the event in light of the threats he was receiving.
In 2005, ZimOnline reported that Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agents had warned Chipanga to refrain from singing anti-President Robert Mugabe songs during a musical gala to honour Zimbabwe’s fallen heroes, held in the Midlands city of Kwekwe on 5 August.
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‘Musician receives death threats’