Chivaviro donates album to albinism project

HARARE - Award-winning musician Togarepi Chivaviro has donated his eight-track hymnal album Tsitsi Dzake Ihuru (2016) which featured gospel artiste Kudzi Nyakudya to the Alive Albinism Initiative (AAI) which recently appointed him as its ambassador.

The Ebenezer hit-maker said AAI will pocket proceeds to be generated after selling the album.

“As their newly-appointed ambassador, I felt the need to be involved in their fundraising campaigns hence donating my hymnal album to them.

“I convinced Artisan Studios, our record company, to give the album to them as a way of giving back to the community,” Chivaviro told the Daily News.

The South Africa-based Chivaviro said the donation was part of efforts of trying to make AAI self-sufficient.

“I feel it is better to give them fishing hooks rather than the fish,” the artiste said.

The AAI appears to be following in the footsteps of the Albino Charity Organisation of Zimbabwe (Alcoz) founded by Loveness Mainato which ventured into music in an attempt to raise money to fund its operations.

Mainato formed Alcoz band which has recorded two albums to date — Ziva Wokuudza 1 and Ziva Wokuudza 2.

“The main purpose of the band is to spread awareness to the society about albinos.

“Music is the fastest and effective way of spreading the message. Society still needs to come to terms with albinism,” Mainato told the Daily News recently.

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