Give Nare

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Give Nare
BornGive Swalu Nare
(1937-01-01)January 1, 1937
Buvuma, Gwanda
DiedApril 2016
Gwanda Provincial Hospital
Cause of deathStroke and Suspected heart attack
Resting placeBuvuma, Gwanda South
EducationManama Mission
  • Musician
Years active1970s -2017
Known forRevolutionary Music, LMG Choir

Give Swalu Nare was a revolutionary musician and songwriter. He was one of the founders of the Light Machine Gun (LMG) Choir which was set up by the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo to sing revolutionary songs.[1]He produced songs in many languages including Sotho, Venda, Ndebele and Shona. and LMG Choir, later on, became the Zipra official choir. [2]


Nare was born on 1 January 1937 at Buvuma in Gwanda. In June, 1972, Nare travelled to Botswana to join the war of liberation. After some years there, he crossed over to Zambia where he trained for infantry at Nampundu camp. In 1978 he was transferred to the JZ School to join a teachers’ choir called Jazz Choir. After singing for a while, he joined Radio ZAPU Choir under the leadership of Sifelani Maqethuka Dube. Nare later on left the choir to pursue his dream of forming his own choir. He then consulted fellow cadres in the struggle, Rose Madongo, Meteabo Sebata and Tsepile Ndebele and they formed the choir called Light Machine Gun (LMG).


Nare did his primary education at Buvuma in Gwanda and his secondary education at Manama Mission. After completing his secondary education, Nare had a stint as an untrained teacher at Buvuma (1963), Selonga, Nkalange and Malibeng (all in 1964). He attended Musume College in Mberengwa to train as a teacher and started teaching professionally from 1966.[3]

Post Independence

When Zimbabwe attained independence in 1980 the group performed alongside reggae icon Bob Marley and the Wailers. After independence LMG Choir was ignored by the government and not invited to perform at state functions.[1] As a result, Nare gained little recognition for his music and he got so little from it. [2] He went back to teaching and retired from the profession in 2001.


Nare died at Gwanda Provincial Hospital in April 2016 from a suspected heart attack. [2] Gwanda South legislator Ekem Moyo said:

His songs turned out to be the driving force of the struggle, which attracted the love of Father Zimbabwe, the then Zapu leader and commander-in-chief of the gallant Zipra forces. It’s totally unbelievable actually to people who were mentored in music by him. It’s sad today that after so much sacrifice, he got so little [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Light Machine Gun founder dies". Chronicle. Zimbabwe Papers. April 22, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Nqobani Ndhlovu (April 23, 2016). "Founder of Joshua Nkomo's LMG Choir dies". NewsDay. AMH. Retrieved June 22, 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  3. Bongani Ndlovu, [1], The Chronicle, Published: 26 April, 2016, Accessed: 22 April, 2020