Comrade Fatso is one of Zimbabwe’s trailblazing creatives and leading activists for freedom of expression. The artist, born as Samm Farai Monro, juggles being a poet, a comedian, an activist, an actor, a blogger, a new media publisher, a festival director and a creative director. Comrade Fatso is a leading Zimbabwean comedian and satirist having launched one of Harare’s premier stand up comedy events, the Bang Bang Comedy Club, as well as being the creator and one of the main actors in the hit satire show, Zambezi News. Zambezi News became a global sensation in 2015 making headlines on Amanpour (CNN), BBC Focus on Africa, Channel 4 (UK) & The Guardian (UK). Zambezi News is a witty and brave parody of the relentless propaganda churned out by the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.
Comrade Fatso is also regarded as one of the leading Zimbabwean spoken word artists. Comrade Fatso and his band, Chabvondoka, have toured globally having carried their revolutionary music to Europe, America, the Caribbean and Africa. Comrade Fatso currently runs Magamba Network, one of Zimbabwe’s most dynamic organizations that works on the cutting edge of culture, media, activism and innovation. Magamba’s award-winning projects include Shoko Festival, Zimbabwe’s biggest festival of urban culture; KalabashMedia.com, one of the country’s leading youth opinion blogs; Moto Republik, Southern Africa’s first creative hub; as well as Zambezi News. Through his trailblazing creative activism Comrade Fatso has reached millions across the country and beyond.