With a musical career spanning over two decades, breaking the record as the first Zim dancehall artistes to release a complete hardcore dancehall album in 2009, Donald “Sniper Storm” Chirisa has always referred to his fans as Masoja and himself as “The General”.
His smash hit Love Yemusoja released in 2013 which landed him an accolade for Song of the Year at the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (Nama), gained him more popularity across the country especially with the soldiers who by then seemed to be his fan base.
As the years unfolded, Sniper Storm’s last album Silver Bullet released in 2014, almost led to his musical career catastrophe.
Another low profile artiste though started his musical career in 2007 introducing himself as Musoja.
Jah Prayzah, who is undoubtedly the man of the moment in the local music scene, took over the robes from Sniper Storm and was officially recognised as Musoja soon after releasing his 2014 Kumbumura Mhute album.
As both artistes ironically referred to themselves as Musoja, the only factor which can suggest who the real Musoja is, is the ambassadorial role which was given to the Kutonga Kwaro hit-maker by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces in 2014.
The launches of the albums he released afterwards which include Jerusarema, Mdara Vachauya which were officiated by the then Vice-resident of Zimbabwe Cde E D Mnangagwa and recently Kutonga Kwaro, are somehow military or rather politically inspired with his recent offering containing almost 80 percent lyrical content related to the historical political events which led to a political u-turn which saw the then President Robert Mugabe resigning.
Did the ZDF ambassadorial deal clinched by Jah Prayzah lead to Sniper Storm’s musical career’s demise?
Sniper Storm’s music became irrelevant after 2014, the same year Jah Prayzah scooped the deal which “The General” was eyeing. He explains why his music became unpopular post 2014.
“Since 2015 I started promoting young artistes under my recording stable Mbare Barracks. A soldier dies in the battle of the war, therefore I will also die in the music industry,” said Sniper Storm.
Jah Prayzah’s manager Keen Mushapaidze admitted Sniper Storm was the first to be called Musoja in the music industry but he said Jah is the “Real Musoja” as he is an ambassador of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
“Sniper is a veteran musician and I won’t be lying if I admit Jah Prayzah adopted the Musoja title from him because everyone knows he is The General. However, Jah Prayzah is the real Musoja proven by his ZDF endorsement deal,” he said.