'Stop Drug Abuse' Concert set for Saturday

HARARE - Urban grooves star Leonard Mapfumo says musicians have a duty to discourage youths from abusing drugs.

The Maidei singer, who led a delegation of upcoming Zimbabwean musicians who toured China in September, made the remarks during a press conference held in Harare earlier this week to promote a “Stop Drug Abuse” Concert to be held in Mabvuku on Saturday.

“After our tour of China we realised that talent is being short-changed in Zimbabwe. There are these young people who are talented but there are issues of drugs that are affecting them.

“We decided to start the ‘Stop Drug Abuse’ campaign which will be launched on December 5 in Mabvuku. We will also take it to Highfield and universities. With the campaign we are trying to push for a drug-free Zimbabwe and we will have a clean-up campaign in Mabvuku on December 4.

“I believe as musicians, we are the ones that mould a culture. So far the culture we have been promoting is on drug and substance abuse. We have realised our mistakes as artistes and we want to correct that,” he said.

Mapfumo conceded that some music was unfortunately promoting drug abuse.

“There were so many songs produced in the last three years that were promoting drug abuse and we are hoping to change that. They say they are taking drugs because they do not have anything to do; they are not employed. The goal is to take them off the streets and have them realise that they could do better things with their lives.

“We have engaged the ministry of Health and other organisations to help us with drug-related material as we are not experts in that field,” he said.

Dreamstar communications official, Rumbidzai Matinanga said the aim was to show that success can come even without taking drugs.

“I travelled so many times with urban grooves artistes and Leonard was one of them. I saw some taking drugs but he never did and he is an equally successful artiste. The message we are putting across is you can be successful and be clean at the same time,” she said.

Matinanga added that 13 acts that participated in Dreamstar 2015 will spend a year in China to further promote their talent and promote the country.

Comments (1)

Music is influential, yes, but it's not the reason why young people are abusing drugs. When people have nothing to do, they will find ways to fill their time and drugs are part of that response. The real cause of drug abuse is a ded economy, and no matter how many songs you sing, as long as people have no jobs or other things to occupy themselves with, they will take drugs. It's that simple

goreracho - 6 December 2015

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