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Expatriate Zimbabwean Musician Viomak Sings Anti-Mugabe Gospel

As Zimbabwe’s political and economic crisis deepens, more and more of the country's musicians are channeling their energies into protests against the government of President Robert Mugabe rather than merely trying to entertain.

Canadian-based Viomak - she declines to give her real name - recently released her first CD of unconventional gospel songs in which she indicts Mr. Mugabe, his ministers and his associates for having in her opinion turned a blind eye to national distress.

Having released the CD, called "Diaspora Classics Volume One," Viomak now intends to re-record it in South Africa with Zimbabwean musicians and traditional instruments including drums and hotsho rattles to better reflect the Zimbabwean spirit.

Reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe spoke with Viomak about the political-religious message of her haunting gospel songs.

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