Desmond Tambawoga Chideme|
May 11, 1980
|Organization||Tazoita Cash Records|
|Known for||Music, Urban Grooves|
|Spouse(s)||Olinda Nyaradzo Chapel|
Known as Stunner to most of his fans, he is one of the pioneers of the Urban Grooves music revolution in Zimbabwe. He rose to fame during the early 2000s when the urban grooves music was beginning to take dominance in the entertainment circles. His music career is one of varying degrees of success as well as diverse controversies.
Stunner was born Desmond Tambawoga Chideme on May 11, 1980 in Gweru and he is a father to a daughter named Celeste Chideme. He grew up in the Glen Norah suburb of Harare and started off in the music business as a choreographer before he began recording his own music. He is traditionally married to Olinda Chapel, having paid the bride price in April 2016.
Stunner attended Prince Edward School in Harare.
Stunner belongs to the earliest crop of local musicians who invented the genre now called the "Urban Grooves". He did so together with his contemporaries such as Roki, Leonard Mapfumo, Jamal, Betty Makaya, Maskiri and Extra Large. His rise to fame coinicided with the growing popularity which the genre was enjoying during this period. There was generally good coverage of the genre by local radio stations such as Power FM and Star FM which were operating under the 75% local content initiative which was crafted by the then head of the Ministry of Information and Publicity Jonathan Moyo. His popularity began to gather momentum when some of his songs began to top the billboard in local competitions such as the Power FM top 20 show which was held every Saturday afternoon. He also performed at a number of national events such as Heroes celebrations, Unity Day galas among other events.
Stunner has achieved considerable success in his music career. In June 2011, he released the single ‘Godo’ to universal acclaim and sent expectations for his forthcoming fifth album through the roof. In just over two months of being posted on YouTube, the video had drawn over 20,000 views. In 2011, Stunner performed at high ranked international shows at Birmingham and at Sydenham in the United Kingdom. Stunner has also made a name for himself by performing at a number of shows in the local entertainment arena. He has had a number of successful shows especially at the Book Cafe in Harare where various artists stage their performances.
He made it into mainstream Zimbabwean music hits with hits such as "Team Hombe" and, "Dhafu Korera". He owns a Record label called "Tazoita Ca$h Records", which has signed artists such as Shastro, Junior Brown and MC Chita.
- Team Hombe
- Number one
- Ndaita Mbiri
Sex Tape ScandalPokello Nare was leaked to the public by an unknown source. The tape went viral on the Internet and a lot of insults were hurled at both Stunner and Pokello alike. The rapper claimed that he did not have anything to do with the leak and suggested the tape may have leaked when his phone got lost, he however remained very reluctant to put the blame on Pokello. His music career is also said to have taken a dip as a result of the scandal, several endorsement deals were also said to have been cancelled due to the incident, these nevertheless remained speculations. He still maintained endorsement deals with both Econet Wireless and Gtel Zimbabwe. The "Team Hombe" hitmaker also claimed that the scandal had also disturbed his social life as he had become a loner.
Drama With Pokello and The Big Brother Africa ShowStunner and ex girlfriend Pokello still made the headlines after their sex tape scandal when Pokello allegedly dumped Stunner live on television. Pokello was said to have entered the reality show while still involved with Stunner but things took an awkward twist when she got involved with fellow Ghanaian housemate Elikeem. When asked about her relationship at home, Pokello was quoted as having said
I’m feeling Elikem big time, all day, every day, it is what it is. I will wait for himand made no mention of Stunner. Although Pokello was to later on claim that they had sorted their issues out with Stunner prior to her revelations on TV, Stunner denied having made contact with Pokello on the issue. As a response to the break up, Stunner went on to release a single titled "Wadarireiko" in which he lamented the manner in which his relationship with Pokello had crumbled and how he wished things would be better.
Alleged Love AffairAfter the drama with Pokello Nare seemed to have settled, Stunner was also said to have successfully managed to replace Pokello by swooping on Miss Gweru 2013, Melissa Moyo. Melissa was previously involved with former Dynamos Football Club midfielder Archford Gutu. Speculation around the alleged fling was fueled by Stunner who uploaded pictures of him and Melissa being very cosy having quality time. Despite protestations from both Stunner and Melissa that their relationship was strictly professional as Melissa had been signed by "Tazoita Ca$h Records", events on the ground suggested otherwise. The "Tazoita Ca$h Records" boss went on to post
From the gym into her malicious arms..., Mukomana waMelissa.. In response, Melissa also went on to tweet
In June 2016, Stunner was involved in an accident along Jason Moyo Avenue. According to eye witnesses, Stunner lost control of his Toyota Lexus car and rammed into four vehicles parked along Jason Moyo Avenue in Harare, leaving one person injured.An eye witness said that,
"Stunner had stopped at the traffic lights at the corner Jason Moyo Avenue and Fourth Street and when touts realised that it was him they started cheering him and he took off at high speed and failed to control the car after overtaking another vehicle and rammed into four parked cars, injuring one person who was rushed to hospital in an ambulance"
After the accident Stunner sought refuge at a pharmacy. Two gentlemen who claimed to be the owners of the car from a local car sale later came to the scene with fellow musicians Ngoni Kambarami and EX-Q also arriving at the scene of the accident a few minutes later. However Stunner denied that he was speeding and said that,
"It is amazing that I am alive and escaping from an accident like this is a miracle. I was not speeding at all. I was just coming from Fourth Street traffic lights,I believe I lost control of my car when my front tyre burst. I swerved and hit four cars that were parked along Jason Moyo before the car stopped and faced the opposite direction. I heard some people are saying that I was driving in the wrong direction but that is not true."Stunner confirmed that he did not own the car when he said,
"I am very fit and strong as you can see. What pains me the most is that I was still paying for this vehicle. It is so sad that before I could even finish the balance, it is badly damaged. I am still to get the correct information about the injuries at the scene, but I pray there are no serious injuries."
Social Responsibility and Other Trades
Besides music, Stunner also happens to be a qualified auto mechanic and is also into cutting and design on a part time basis. Stunner also goes into schools and advising young children on various issues.
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- Maggie Mzumara, Stunner Bares All, The Financial Gazette, Published: August 9, 2013, Retrieved: July 2, 2014
- Melissa Mpofu, Pokello dumps Stunner for Elikem . . . apologises to West Africans, News Day, Published: July 24, 2013, Retrieved: July 2, 2014
- Adoration Bizure, Stunner swoops on Gutu’s ex-girlfriend Nehanda Radio, Published: October 9, 2013, Retrieved: July 2, 2014
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