ITa��S treasonous to talk about Zim Dancehall without mentioning the genrea��s long serving stallion Sniper Storm.
With his musical career starting in the year 1999, The Musoja, as he is affectionately known to his fans has contributed a lot to the genre from its infant stage to date.
Despite Dancehall being detested back then, Sniper Storm is one artiste who has earned his stripes and deserves to be part of the genrea��s Hall of Fame if ever his musical contribution is to be celebrated.
He is the first Zim Dancehall artiste to release a hard-core album in 2009 titled Ndakabata Mike.
Songs from his album proved to be hits as they topped charts on different local radio stations, crowning him as one of the best artistes alongside the likes of Decibel, Extra Large, Mapfumo, Ex Q, Stunner and Roki who were the major players for the then top musical genre, Urban Grooves.
With his loyalty to the game, Sniper revealed with the help of other Dancehall pioneers like King Labash, Trina, the reigning king of Zim Dancehall Winky D, they managed to uplift the standards of the genre until it gained recognition.
a�?Back then Zim Dancehall was viewed as a genre which promotes repugnant practices in society like drug abuse and unprotected sex among other things. This crippled us because radio stations did not give us enough airplay like other artistes from other genres because of such factors,a�? said Sniper.
However, as the genre gained recognition in the country, Sniper became the first Zim Dancehall artiste to win big at the countrya��s prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (Nama).
His 2013 album Love Yemusoja scooped the Song of the Year award at the Namas in 2013 surpassing Jah Prayzah and Knox for the top accolade.
a�?That was the beginning of a new era and I was honoured to win the accolade as it became a sign that our struggle was now seen and recognised, today the likes of Souljah Love, Seh Calaz and Killer T are enjoying what we worked for,a�? he said.
With his other album Silver Bullet released in 2015 and a couple of singles he has released to date like Tsvigiri Muhuchi, Sniper managed to maintain his reputation and status in the music fraternity with help from shows he is doing in different parts of the country.
Sniper is set to re-unite with his Bulawayo fans as he is billed for a show at Royal Hotel on Saturday supported by local dance crew Whin Quins. He last performed in Bulawayo two years ago.