Dudu calls for new mindset

HARARE - Jazz sensation Dudu Manhenga says the local arts industry is suffering much more from a deep-seated lack of appreciation by Zimbabweans than from the economic problems the country is going through.

Dudu, who has just returned from a tour of Italy, told the Daily News on the sidelines of Musica 2014 currently running in Zimbabwe,“In Europe for example, companies and individuals happily help artistes without thinking about the profit they will get.

“Out there (in Europe) the appreciation of music has grown in such a way that anyone is willing to put money into the arts and support artistes,” she said.

The Zimbabwean jazz star added that artistes in Europe benefit from various funding initiatives involving members of the public.

“Artistes in Europe can raise money through crowd funding in which they go online and ask people to contribute a dollar each. But it is different here. Imagine what people would say if they hear Dudu asking for money. Imagine the headlines that will come out?”

“With the help of the media we can make people and corporates appreciate the arts. It is by equipping them with knowledge on how other countries do it that will make a positive change in the arts industry,” she said.

Dudu also emphasised her desire to put into practice the lessons she learnt from her tour of Italy where she was amazed by the innovative way concerts are held there.

“The venue for every concert was so peculiar and particular. It got me thinking that we need to stop doing our concerts in closed rooms and go out. Imagine having a concert in front of the Great Zimbabwe. I remember having a concert at the beach in Italy, it was beautiful. Because we were at different places in terms of how we appreciate music, it was difficult but definitely we will try to implement what we learnt there,” she said.

Dudu, whose last major show was during the Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa) in May where she did an enthralling joint show with award-winning Ivorian singer Dobet Gnahoré, will feature in the Musica 2014 closing concert at the 7 Arts Theatre tomorrow.

Dudu will perform in a production dubbed “The Four Singers” alongside Amanda Tosoni, Davina Green and Patience Musa.

The high profile Musica 2014 closing concert, which began on October 18, will also feature the inimitable Victor Kunonga who is part of an exciting bill that includes internationally acclaimed Italian musicians Andrea Valeri, Enzo Favata and Puglia Jazz Factory.

The annual music showcase is organised by the Embassy of Italy in Harare as part of its cultural programme, which is designed to facilitate stronger relations, understanding and cooperation through arts and culture.

Comments (4)

Ko nyaya yake yokuvuraya yakazodii yakazongovhagwa neguyo

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 25 October 2014

i thought this inmate was supposed to be in prison for running over a motorcyclist????

Warden - 25 October 2014

While we appreciate the fact that you are trying to be innovative Dudu, your example is way off. Holding a concert in front of the Great Zimbabwe will make those walls fall down for God's sakes!!

Emru_Kunanti - 25 October 2014

Woow, its true fame and knowing people who know people is important in life, our folks are in jail for supporting the opposition, for POSA and AIPPA and this broad who killed someone is roaming free having tours in europe and all while our brothers and sisters languish in hell holes surviving on one meal a day, Lord have mercy on us

Jay - 31 October 2014

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