'Zviri kumbofamba sei' star speaks out

HARARE - Given the plain mischief inherent in the raging “Unotoshaya kuti zvirikumbofamba sei” comic skits, it is hard to imagine that Richard Matimba — the man behind these hilarious jokes — has a very strong Christrian background.

Many people are likely to find it even harder to believe that Uncle Ritchie, as Matimba is popularly known, has two gospel albums under his belt.

Matimba’s Unotoshaya kuti zvirikumbofamba sei jokes have sent tongues wagging from Harare to Washington DC.

The gospel musician-turned — comedian told the Daily News on Sunday that the comic skit went viral after he shared it on a Whatsapp group made up of former St Annes Goto Scripture Union members.

“The clip is all over the world and has reached as far as the Netherlands, South Korea, United Kingdom and Washington DC,” said Uncle Ritchie.

“When I uploaded that clip on Reunion Fellowship — a Whatsapp group that I belong to with several former St Annes Goto schoolmates — I never thought it would go that viral.

“Most members of that group are in different countries and I am sure the humour of the clip accelerated its spread across the length and breadth of the world.”

Encouraged by his new-found popularity, Uncle Ritchie has now decided to commercialise the comic skits which include Mudeacon Bhebhe, Munamato wesadza, ZimAsset, Unoshaya kuti zviri kumbofambasei, Chegumi, Traffic Report, Usafurirwe naSatan and Circumcision.

“I have future plans to do videos for the skits that tackle topical issues ranging from health, religion and even politics.

“I have been unable to do so because of limited resources. This is a totally new concept which I intend to develop locally.

“I aim to produce 12 skits and have since established an administration team that will help me become a recognisable brand.”

The comedian added that he hopes to produce a documentary that will lump together all his work from drama, music and comic skits.

“I want to put together everything I have done in the arts sector.

“I want it to be entertaining and unique, and hopefully I will start working on it within the next two months.”

Matimba, a music teacher who has also made a name for himself as a keyboard player in the praise and worship team of the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Church‘s Belvedere Assembly, insists that he can cope with being in the limelight.

“I have very strong Christian values and background which helps to keep me in line.

“My dream has always been to become an internationally-acclaimed figure whose work appeals to various audiences, but in the process I won’t compromise my values,” said Uncle Ritchie.

“People who follow my skits will realise that I only focus on dishing out the humour. I do not make jokes that offend other people.”


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