Sniper Storm is a popular Zimdancehall artist. Storm's most popular songs include Kwarira Mukati, Luv Yemsoja, Hapana Hapana. He is one of the pioneering artists of the genre having started his career as far back as 1999.
July 5, 1978|
|Occupation(s)||Zimdancehall Artist, Songwriter|
|Years active||1999 to present|
Born Donald Chirisa on 7 July 1979 in Waterfalls, Harare. Sniper's parents divorced while he was still very young, prompting his grandmother to raise him.
Sniper attended Seke 4 High School in Chitungwiza.
Sniper started his musical career during his high school days at Seke 4 High in Chitungwiza.
Full Time Music Career
It was however in 1999 that he started to seriously concentrate on music through participating in emceeing battles and similar platforms. He participated in a similar emceeing contest in the same year battling it out with the then legends Major E, Daddy D and Booker T at Live Wire Nightclub.
After what he called "a crowd shocking performance", Sniper realized that his full potential was in music and after writing more songs, started performing in clubs. His first single was recorded by legendary Delani Makhalima at Shamiso Entertainment Studios. In the year 2000 he recorded Dem Wanna Know Me a single featured on the Gone Platinum Compilation CD by Mo Vip studios.
He also then featured on David Chifunyise’s remix of the hit, Tauya Naye which was on the ground breaking compilation CD album "The Future" by Shamiso Records , which was his second studio recording. The same year, as more local artists emerged, Sniper went on to join Galaxy Records a stable founded by then hottest producer Delani Makhalima in 2002 who had left Shamiso Records.
Sniper rose to prominence with the humorous, Gede which enjoyed extensive airplay on radio. He then released his debut album "Ndakabata mic" in 2009, with the title track making Sniper a household name in the dancehall industry.
- Silver Bullet 2014
- Love Yemusoja (2013
- Ndakabata mic (2009)
- Doen Feng.
In 2009, Sniper and Winky D performed at the Zimfest music festival in the United Kingdom. The two courted controversy after allegedly singing a racist song which appeared to attack white people. They were taken off stage immediately, and were banned to peform at the festival again.
Feud with Winky D
In 2010, at the Mavado show at the Harare International Conference Centre, he went to the stage where Winky D was preforming and grabbed the mic from him after the latter allegedly performed over his allocated time. Winky D – who was using a live band was the supporting act who was given 45 minutes, Sniper and the rest having allocated 30 minutes but Winky D could not leave the stage when his time was off. even though the two apologized to each other, the rift is still seen when they perform at the same event, by not greeting each other and by failing to perform together. This slipt their fans into two camps with Sniper leading "Masoja" and Winky D "Maninja".
Death RumoursIn July 2016 a message circulated on social media alleging that Sniper Storm had died in a car accident. However, his manager Chido Musasiwa-Gutu dismissed the rumours saying,
We would like to advise all the Masoja fans that the General is alive and well. There have been such rumors before and totally uncalled for but for those that wish Sniper Dead his time will only be dictated by God and not by man. We will keep you advised on shows and upcoming new releases and hope that we will be together for a very long time.
'The General' Sniper Storm meets Lt General Philip Valerio Sibanda Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army.
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- Michael Chipato, Winky D, Sniper stir Zimfest Storm, NewZimbabwe, Published: September 7, 2009, Retrieved: July 7, 2014
- Winky D, Sniper say sorry for onstage clash, Nehanda Radio, Published:January 31, 2012, Retrieved: July 7, 2014
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