Music stars give villagers a treat

HARARE - The usually sleepy communal area of Hokonyo Village came alive on Sunday night when music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, dendera star Suluman Chimbetu and the red-hot Jah Prayzah gave villagers a rare treat.

It was quite a historical moment for the communal area tucked 22 kilometres away from Chivhu town centre.

Not surprisingly, hundreds of villagers left their plantations whilst traditional leaders left their courts to come and witness Zimbabwe’s leading music trio.

Backed by the Black Spirits, age was not a concern for Mtukudzi who was his usually bubbly self as he belted out tune after tune with revellers singing along.

Chimbetu soon joined on stage when Tuku performed his late son Sam’s Chii Chanetsa, a remix of Tozeza Baba.

Chimbetu and Orchestra Dendera Kings later took to the stage and delighted the locals with a well-choreographed presentation.

Jah Prayzah was not to be outdone. Although he arrived late for the concert, he soon made up for lost time

The trio’s visit to Hokonyo Village was made possible by the Impala Group on the occasion of the launch of the Alfred Dondo Foundation which immediately adopted 35 underprivileged children.

Impala Group chief executive officer Thompson Dondo said the foundation was a fulfilment of a promise he made to his late brother Alfred.

Music icon Mtukudzi planted three trees symbolising the three companies that the Dondo brothers started together.

“Mtukudzi is an icon, my late brother also loved him very much that he even wanted him to play at my wedding in 2007 but we didn’t manage.

“Mtukudzi has worked with us previously as our brand ambassador and we continue to partner each other in various projects. We saw it fit that he plants these trees because he is a living legend who has had a long successful life, the kind which we wish for this foundation,” said Dondo.

On the foundation he said: “My brother and I discussed this when we formed these companies. We said we would help underprivileged children from our area using funds from the companies. Although he is not here to see the realisation of his dream, we remember him and honour him today through this foundation.”

“We will be buying uniforms, clothes, paying school fees and buying groceries for the children’s homes until they finish or reach whatever level of education that their mental capacities will have allowed them to.

Dondo said he will work hard to bring in partners to grow the foundation so that they help more children.

Comments (2)

Very noble gesture indeed by the artists and Impala -Tuku is an icon

donga - 4 January 2016

tuku and Thompson you have a noble cause

george - 5 January 2016

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