10 Feb 2017 – MASVINGO – Artists in Masvingo have joined forces and produced a song aimed at complementing efforts to fight child marriages within their communities.
Title ‘Achiri mwana’, the piece is a theme song for MyAge Zimbabwe Trust’s project called “Girls Choose” which is aimed at ending child marriages.
Achiri Mwana features Teddy Alchemy, Baba Rah, Junior O, HD, Scatter, Cee Jay and a poet; Promise Mudavanhu.
MyAge Zimbabwe director, Onward Gibson Chironda applauded the artists for their work.
“We thank them for their collective efforts towards the Girls Choose project which is an advocacy to end child marriages in communities.
“MyAge uses innovative and youth friendly ways to engage with young people and music is the other way. I commend the efforts that were put by the artists to come up with such a good project,” said Chironda.
Baba Rah (real name Ngoni Chinovava) composed the song and directed the video.
“We worked on this production as local artists as a way of trying to bring up a powerful voice against child marriages.
“Artists are social icons so if they work together on such issues society responds positively,” Baba Rah said.
These artists are also ambassadors of the Girls Choose project.
Previously girls could get married at the age of 16 while boys could marry at 18 but the Constitutional court ruled against that on January 20 2016.
The Zimbabwe Constitutional Court ruled that Section 22 of the Marriage Act is unconstitutional and therefore no person male or female may enter into any marriage including an unregistered customary law union including one arising out of religious rites before attaining the age of 18 years.entertainment