For the love of family, art

HARARE - Zimbabwe's top female musicians have admitted that striking a balance between family time and work is no walk in the park.

The music stars told the Daily News on Sunday they have found it difficult to successfully juggle between obligatory household and family chores, which society expects them to undertake, and entertaining their fans.

Urban grooves songstress Pauline Gundidza, former wife to fellow urban groover and controversial former Big Brother Africa contestant Rockford Josphats, has two children Sky, 8, and Minana, 3.

The Mafriq lead singer says being a single mother has not made it easy for her.

“You know what; it is really a hustle,” said Pauline.

“I assume the role of ‘father’ and ‘mother’ to my children and sometimes you actually feel bad that you are not spending enough time with the children.

“It is really challenging. You are the breadwinner and have to spend all those hours producing music and entertaining fans to fend for the kids. You would want to be an inspiration and sometimes you have to sacrifice even public holidays and be at work.”

Veteran gospel musician Olivia Charamba says her children will always be a priority but she admits that work pressure sometimes come in the way.

“I have five children, three girls and two boys. I feel it is important to prioritise them because children grow up and at some point in time they will move out of the family home,” said Olivia who is married to the equally iconic singer Charles Charamba.

“If you never prioritise time to be with them (children) you might end up regretting a lot of things you would have done to make their lives better.

“I spend a lot of time with my children; I sometimes take them to school, go to church together on Sundays with them and some of our weekend shows. As female musicians we should pray to God so that we do not only focus on our jobs and forget our families.”

Jazz songstress Dudu Manhenga, a mother of four, three boys and one girl, says she now largely works at home to spend more time with her family.

“There are numerous other responsibilities that come with being a mum. Both the community and your family look up to you,” said Dudu who has been married to drummer Blessing Muparutsa for the past 14 years.

“It is difficult because I don’t spend adequate time with my children like what a  mother should do. There is a lot of pressure and I am very privileged to have helpful people around. I have since started working from home and the kids finish school and usually find me home.”

Gospel musician Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave claims she exploits the natural ability to manage numerous duties that women have, to manage her time.

“Women are blessed beings; they can perform numerous roles at a particular time and I usually manage. I have the support of my husband and our maid who make sure the kids are safe whenever duty calls,” said the Makomborero hit-maker.

“I have three children, two boys and a girl. I believe it is a matter of planning and making sure you balance time. I create time to be with the special people in my life, my husband and my kids,” added Fungisai.

Former 2BG lead vocalist Diana Samkange believes only women like her who are both performers and mothers have to carefully plan how to manage their time.

“It is a matter of being organised because if not, you will face difficult choice of quitting the other. The worst thing that can ever happen then is to quit being a mother,” said Diana who is now an afro-jazz singer. - Tarisai Machakaire

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