Community project aims to uncover talent

BULAWAYO - Talent Explorer in Nguboyenja (Ten) has embarked on a community building project aimed at identifying art and sporting talent in the city’s high density suburbs.

The project which will see the exposure of such disciplines as street soccer, drumming and music is set to kick off at Nguboyenja shopping centre today.

Run by its founder Julian Tshuma and partner Othnell “Mangoma” Moyo, Ten, aims to empower talented youths in Makokoba, Mzilikazi, Nguboyenja and Sotshangane.

“We are a non-profit making organisation but we aim at audience and team building,” Tshuma said.

“The project is for community building in Makokoba and Mzilikazi because that is where there is a lot of unrecognised talent in terms of football, theatre, arts and music.

“Look at the likes of the late actress–cum-musician Beater Mangete, Raisedon Baya, the Ndlovu brothers (the late Adam Ndlovu, Madinda and Peter Ndlovu) they are all products from communities.”

For now, Tshuma said the event will include only sunset drumming and street soccer.

“The reason why it is termed sunset drumming is because it is an event that targets everyone in the community from infants to the most elderly as such the term is appropriate because most people who go to work and schools will be back home at the time.”

Ten collaborates with Mema arts, a drumming and traditional dance group directed by Bruce Ncube which has availed resources and equipment.

Today’s events are a dress rehearsal for the main event to be held in Nguboyenja suburb on April 10 and 11, which will take on board all the basic disciplines of arts as well as soccer.

“The April event will feature a number of disciplines including street soccer, drumming, road shows, theatre, music, khothama and other forms of arts. We hope that as time goes on we will be able to draw corporates into our projects and maybe get funding in the process.”

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