Artiste trades album for menstrual pads

MUTARE - South Africa-based female gospel artiste Samantha “Samm” Torindoh is accepting menstrual pads as payment for her just-released album titled My Morning.

The Mutare-born Samm, who lives with her husband in South Africa where she is a session musician on the gospel music circuit, told the Daily News in the eastern border city that she would donate the menstrual pads to street children.

“I pegged the album at five dollars and am accepting five pads for the CD,” Samm told the Daily News at her parents’ home in Mutare where she is promoting her maiden album.

Samm said numerous reports of girls using clothes, leaves and even cow-dung during menstruation motivated her to use her debut album produced by Clive “Mono” Mukundu as a way to help poor girls.

“It is important to remember that we are just coming out of cancer month. The prevention of cervical cancer can only happen when high levels of hygiene are maintained,” Samm said.

The young artiste, who is still in her early 20s, intends to make girls housed by Simukai Child Protection the first beneficiaries of her project.

The rookie musician credits Mono for making her album, which has isiZulu, Shona and English lyrics, a “perfect” album.

“I had what I wanted but as professionals Mono and his crew then guided me to arrive at the best sound,” she said.

Other potential hits are Tichaimba Mbiri, Ndofamba Nemi, Zuva Rangu, Munamato and Mambo Jesu which is a traditional high-energy church song.

Back in 2003 when she was in Form 3, Samm teamed up with her friends to record her first album which, however, was never released.

She kept her passion for music throughout her school years and even when she went to university to study for a degree in travel and tourism.

“We thought she was no longer taking music seriously after she went to university and subsequently moved to South Africa. We, however, were pleasantly surprised to hear news of her new project,” said her mother.

 

Comments (2)

...this so so touching and for a worthy cause may God bless you for this kind of support to the girlchild...

hamilton Salimo - 26 November 2014

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