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Desmond Tambaoga Chideme|
May 11, 1980
|Organization||Tazoita Cash Records|
|Known for||Music, Urban Grooves|
Known as Stunner to most of his fans, Desmond Tambaoga Chideme 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 in May 11, 1980 and he is a single father to one 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.
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 has drawn over 20,000 views. In 2011, Stunner performed at a 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 arean/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
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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- , The Truth About: Stunner,NewZimbabwe, published:24 Aug 2011,retrieved:24 Dec 2014"
- 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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