Mcpotar takes animation to new heights

HARARE - Karoi-based artist Michael “Mcpotar” Mupotaringa is determined to put the spotlight on animation by marrying the art to poetry.

Mcpotar, a dental therapist by profession, developed a passion for the arts when he was in primary school.

“I became a dental therapist because the opportunity presented itself and also because my parents did not believe that the arts were a viable career option. My parents thought that I would never make it as an artist,” Mcpotar told the Daily News.

Mcpotar started animation two years ago with the help from Nafuna TV founder Nqobizitha “Enqore” Mlilo who is regarded as one of the best animators in Zimbabwe.

“I always used to admire Enqore’s work. I began to create short clips that I sent to him.

“It took him years to approve my work. After that I never looked back.”

Mcpotar, whose first animated work only started appearing on you tube last year, has become popular because of the way he has employed animation on poetry and on in hip hop videos.

The poet-cum-animator attracted wide publicity after he created a breath-taking animated short poem entitled “Beautiful Africa.”

Mcpotar later employed his animation skills on Ghanaian poet Kwame Aidoo‘s poem “The dance in our Speech.”

  The youthful poet is currently working on a piece by Vokal Da Poet which is expected to come out soon.

Vokal Da Poet is a popular poet who is a product of the Book Cafe’s House of Hunger Poetry Slam.

 

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