Zim Rapper MC Chita Survives Hurricane Sandy

Prominent Zimbabwean rapper Chitarisiro ‘MC Chita’ Chiketa who recently moved to Jamaica, had his first hurricane experience last week. This is his story.

When one thinks of a hurricane, the images of New Orleans in August 2005, during and after the wake of Hurricane Katrina pop into mind. Images of people stranded on roof-tops, arms raised to the heavens, praying for their rescue, trees being uprooted from their positions, tossed around in 120 km winds, and of course the floods. With thoughts like these running through one’s head, hearing that a hurricane is approaching only one thing comes to mind, ‘prepare.’

So when it was announced that Hurricane Sandy was paying our new place of residence a visit, the Mrs and I did just that… Prepare. We made sure we got to the supermarket as soon as we could, joined the cues with all the other concerned citizens of the island, bought the essentials (water, canned foods, etc) and went home to make our place hurricane proof – well at least try to. We moved everything we couldn’t pick up between the two of us inside the house, closed all the windows, then hunkered down and prepared for the worst.

It came to the attention of our friends that unlike most places in Jamaica, we had a backup power system (in laymen’s terms, a generator). So when most of Jamaica had been shut down, our house soon became the venue for a small ‘hurricane party’. People came bearing food and liquor, and joined us as we waited for the impending Armageddon.

The first thing you notice about the difference between a hurricane and a regular thunder storm is the rain. It comes in from any and all directions. Umbrellas and raincoats are totally redundant, a mere token if you will. The following thing is the wind. Sometimes it blows so hard, one actually wonders how much more the trees outside can take. It howls loudly in several different octaves, threatening to pick up something and toss it through the window. Yet, for all its bolstering and posing, the Hurricane experience, at least from the safety of home, was quite uneventful.

However, as much as we hardly felt any of the effects of the Hurricane, (our largest casualty of the event was our loss of our internet connection for a few days) the rest of the country was not so lucky. There was at least one reported death, and a lot of property damage caused by the Hurricane.

Though it wasn’t as bad as Katrina, Hurricane Sandy is nothing to stick ones nose out at. There were several differences to what happened in New Orleans, and what happened here in Jamaica. Firstly, there is the question of the levees. Secondly, one thing which was a problem with the New Orleans epidemic was lack of preparation. You only have to look at what happened in Jamaica on September 13th1988, to see just what a lack of preparation and resources can do to a country when a Hurricane hits. The last difference between Hurricane Sandy compared to Katrina (New Orleans 2005) and Gilbert (Jamaica 1988), is that where as the latter were ‘category 5’ hurricanes, Sandy was a ‘category 1’.

Oh Sandy…

MC Chita is a critically acclaimed Zimbabwean rapper who has released 4 albums and has collaborated with some of the biggest heavyweight hitters in the local game. He recently moved to Jamaica where he is still working on his music.