Monday 29 December 2014

Executed gangster ‘Git’ Zambra had a fledgling music career

Major drug trafficker was shot dead yesterday as he tried to flee gunmen – but had second career as songwriter

Published 05/05/2014 | 12:31

Christopher ‘Git’ Zambra had a second career as songwriter
Shot: Christopher Zambra
Firemen working to extinguish the fire engulfing the hitmen’s car, which they set alight before fleeing.
The burnt-out getaway car used by the killers and which was abandoned in nearby Ben Madigan Road. Picture: Doug O'Connor
Members of the gardai at the scene of a fatal shooting of Christopher Zambra on the Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

THE major drug trafficker who died in a garden as he tried to flee his attackers had a fledgling music career.

Christopher ‘Git’ Zambra was shot a number of times yesterday in what is being described as a well-executed gangland-hit.

Zambra (39), from Galtymore Road in Drimnagh, in Dublin’s south city, was a full-time drug dealer on the southside of the capital.

He was also a suspect for the murder of John ‘Champagne’ Carroll and went on trial twice for that crime – but was never convicted.

However, Zambra, who was a talented underage footballer who represented his country, had interests outside of making money from crime.

He had set up a slick website to promote himself as a musician, and had uploaded a number of songs there.

In the ‘about me’ section on christopherzambra.com, the gangland figure revealed that he played a number of instruments, and that his musical influences included Cat Stevens.

“I’m 38 years old and I’m from South Dublin,” he wrote.

“I’m a singer songwriter and musician. I play guitar piano and harmonica.

“I started off playing the guitar and progressed onto piano and harmonica, my musical influences are Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan.

“I’m also interested in other musical genres. I’m very family orientated and my family are a big source of inspiration for my music.”

The site also includes Zambra recording in a professional music studio.

However, the music section is relatively-sparse, containing just two songs from an album ‘Baby Face’ available.

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