Zimbabwe protest singer cum activist Viomak has officially released two songs from her soon to be officially released eight track music album called Child Abuse.The child sexual abuse album which is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe will see Viomak spreading her musical and activism wings to focus on the social issues gripping her country in addition to the political crisis which she has documented artistically since 2005 when she produced her first anti Mugabe album Happy 82nd birthday President R.G Mugabe (Emotions of the emotionless).Since then Viomak has produced an anti Mugabe music album yearly on 21 February to mark the octogenarian’s birthday.
Well known for producing hard hitting protest music, with 6 protest music albums under her belt,Viomak who has remained a consistent socio –political singer is convinced that the child abuse album will receive radio airplay in Zimbabwe. Like the few other protest musicians, her anti Mugabe music is also banned in Zimbabwe as it is against Mugabe’s repressive laws that have seen freedom of expression become a criminal offence.
The two songs released so far are ‘Kubata mwana Chibharo’ (Raping a child) and ‘Chibhebhenenga’ (Unstable person).The song ‘Kubata mwana Chibharo’ is a cry against child rapists.Viomak asks why people rape children and denounces the inhuman behaviour.In the song ‘Chibhebhenenga’ she imitates the suffering of children whose parents are not available and the children are constantly raped by those taking care of them.The children are asking their mothers to come back and save them from such paedophiles.Viomak goes on to ask God and Zimbabweans to take care of children.With screams of children in the background the songs are as heartbreaking as hearing children screaming alongside the music.
“Zimbabwe is seeing a high increase in child rape cases with many men who are raping children thinking that sleeping with a virgin cures AIDS.The song Chibhebhenenga among other issues ,despises the myth and teaches that virgins do not cure AIDS” .Explained Viomak.
Viomak who is also a freedom of expression campaigner is on record for being the only Zimbabwean woman protest singer whose artistic activism has also seen her produce the single song Chinja Maitiro (Change your ways) that she used as a campaign tool to have Zimbabwe MDC government leaders declare their personal assets to monitor corruption. After about a year and a half campaigning for the cause, Viomak confirmed that media reports last week revealed that twenty five leaders had agreed to declare their assets.
According to Viomak,the new production, Child Abuse was inspired by the desperate need to raise awareness on child abuse issues especially sexual child abuse issues and campaign against such issues through music.She said some proceeds from the music sales will directly benefit victims of child rape.
The production of the eight track album was done in Zimbabwe and Britain.Composed by Viomak ,she sung all the songs alone as in all her other albums released so far.
The other songs on the long awaited for album are Paedophile in which Viomak sings asking paedophiles what they really see in children and what their problem is. She then advises children not to play around paedophiles who can be anyone from biological parents to respected members of society like church priests as in the case of some Roman Catholic priests who are on recording for sodomising young boys.
The song ‘Kacheche’ (Young child) advises child rape victims to report to anyone who can help if they are raped.For example if a parent refuses that the child reports when raped, the child should report to someone else and so on until the culprit is known and arrested.
“It is very common in Zimbabwe to have children who report rape to a parent and the parent silences the child.In many reported cases it is mainly mothers who silence the child in order to protect their marriages in cases where the child is raped by the father or by a close relative ” Said Viomak.
The song ‘Nangisa mberi’ (Look ahead) Advises all those whose children have been sexually abused to remain positive and look ahead to a brighter future ,as constantly crying about it without doing anything about it will worsen the pain. The song encourages such victims to remain hopeful and look forward to a great future despite the pain and gives a positive outlook to women who regret why they ever married a child rapist. Such women are encouraged to look ahead, remain positive and plan a new life away from the child rapist.
The song ‘Ngwarirai amai’ (Mother be alert) is an advisory song that is about a woman who left for another country in search of greener pastures leaving her young daughter in the care of the father or guardian and when she returned home she found out that the father or guardian had impregnated his/her daughter leading to the birth of a child.In the song Viomak is advising other women to be extra careful when it comes to who they leave their children with at home.
Many children are sexually abused by trusted people and in another song ‘Zinyoka Mumba’ Viomak sings that the snake is in the house meaning the child abuser is in the house so people should always be on the look out for child rapists as some of them are living with us.
“Many times people look afar for child rapists and yet the paedophile will be right in the house or some very close people around us.” Added Viomak.
The last song ‘Mutongo uyu’ (The jail sentence) is a request for Government leaders to increase the jail terms for child rapists and to also castrate them if need be as she thinks that the problem will be solved by putting in place deterrent measures.
If the two songs that have already been released are a taste of what is to come then the album will definitely go places and chances are it will be as popular as the other music genres in Zimbabwe as it touches on the core of the societal problems bedevilling the country.