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ORPHANED STREETS OF MBARE – THE RESURGENCE OF DRUGS AND CRIME-By Raynald Ngwarati M

It is surely going to be a long 6 months in Mbare without DJ Fantan (Arnold Kamudyariwa), DJ Levels (Tafadzwa Kadzimwe) and promoter Dhama (Simbarashe Chanachimwe). The three are incarcerated following breach of COVID-19 regulations, in which Harare Magistrate Mrs. Vongai Guwuriro had initially sentenced the three for 12 months, but suspended the other six on condition of good behaviour taking full consideration that the 3 pleaded guilty and did not waste the court’s time. Slapped with this punishment after hosting a New Year’s crossover celebrations attended by hundreds of people defying COVID-19 induced restrictions, risking and exposing hundreds of people to the virus which is in it’s second and deadly wave with figures of local transmissions and deaths drastically increasing daily.

Popular artist Mukudzeyi Mukombe (Jah Prayzah) raised his voice, wishing that the two could be given a lenient sentence. A brief flashback reflects on rampant criminal activities and consumption of drugs in the high density suburbs of Mbare. However, Fantan and Levels have played a fatherly role through Chill Spot records in discouraging consumption of drugs and committing crime among the youths, and they have been very successful. Revolutionarising the entertainment scene through championing Zim Dancehall which is arguably the most followed genre of music by Zimbabwean youths. Through signing young talented artists, some Mbare youths have abandoned crime and drugs, and have started making a living from music. According to iHarare

Meanwhile the mothers of Fantan and Levels also broke their silence and pleaded for the immediate release of their children. Fantan’s mother also revealed how Fantan and Levels have helped the community and helped their families.

Which reflects that the two have been very useful in reforming the community of Mbare through Zim Dancehall. However their absence from the music scene for six months might have repercussions on the behaviour of youths as they are robbed of father figures in Fantan and Levels. It is highly possible that the youths will resort back to drugs and crime during the half a year the two will be in Prison.

As such the streets of Mbare have been orphaned, being robbed of its two most influential social reformers. Their absence will surely mean a long gloomy chapter for the youths of Mbare with the risk of history repeating itself. We just wish and pray that the youths of Mbare stay away from crime and substance abuse for the next six months until they are re-united with their heroes.

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By Raynald Ngwarati M