Artistes warm up to charity concert

HARARE - Musicians, who will perform for free at the Soap and Shirt Donation Winter Festival (SSDWF) to be held at Belgravia Sports Club on Saturday, regard the concert as an ideal opportunity for them to give back to society.

The unique charity festival, to raise essential goods for victims of the Tokwe-Mukorsi and Tsholotsho floods, will feature Suluman Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah, Peter Moyo, Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave, gospel music stars Charles and Olivia Charamba as well as dancehall artistes Dadza D and Sniper Storm.

Music fans will only be allowed to enter the concert venue after donating items like soap, sanitary pads, T-shirts or anything that can be used by those in need hence soap and shirt concert.

Zora star Leonard Zhakata told the Daily News yesterday that he was delighted to perform for free in the gig being organised by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) in conjunction with the Women’s Trust (TWT) and Batanai HIV and Aids Organisation (Bhaso).

“I always feel very good whenever I perform for free in charity concerts because we believe as a band that God will reward us abundantly in the end,” said Zhakata.

“I am very committed to important charity concerts like the one set for Saturday. I am prepared to perform for free and use my own money to pay my band members their weekly allowances.”

The Mugove singer added that Zimbabweans in general should come in their thousands with various goods that will be of use to suffering flood victims.

“Zimbabweans should team up with us musicians so that we can help our relatives who fell victim to the floods.”

National Arts Award (Nama) winner Jah Prayzah said artistes have a duty to participate in charity initiatives.

“It is a great honour for us to participate in charity concerts because as artistes we have a moral responsibility to help people in need who in the majority of cases are also our fans.

My band has no problem performing for free because they understand the value of giving back to the community.”

For Suluman’s Orchestra Dendera Kings, teaming up with other artistes for the purposes of helping less fortunate members of society is a source of pride and satisfaction.

“We are going to play our part through performing for free and we encourage fans to really support the initiative by donating essential items on Saturday,” said, the Orchestra Dendera Kings publicist Joe Nyamungoma.

ZimRights director Okay Machisa has encouraged Zimbabweans to respond positively to the initiative.

“Entrance to the event will require the public to bring used or new soap and new or used clothes. Men who bring sanitary pads will get a free drink in the venue,” said Machisa.

“We believe the SSDWF will allow every Zimbabwean from all walks of life to take responsibility and make a positive difference to flood victims in Masvingo, Matabeleland North and Mashonaland Central provinces who were heavily struck by merciless floods."

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