TALENTED and gifted artistes from Hatcliffe are limited to performing in local bars because they lack exposure.
Report by Vimbai Marufu
Apostle Ezra Nyabani from the Good Shepherd Church and Layton Marisa, both from Hatcliffe, hosted a musical talent search which was meant to showcase the untapped talent in the community and to pave way for them to go beyond the borders of Hatcliffe.
ve talent and this platform will enable them to come of their shells to fight the sting of poverty and develop their musical talents,” said Marisa.
The event, which was held at Hatcliffe Community Hall saw many young children and youth from the ages of 15 to 35 from all walks of life performing, with most of them living in urban deprivation. Nyabani said this musical search was one means of making these youths rise above their desperate levels of poverty, hence the search covered all music genres from hip-hop to Sungura.
“This programme aims to support youth development and the impact it has is profound, significantly improving the standards and quality of musical delivery and living for the youth,” said Nyabani.
The event organisers teamed up with Sepp Studios a local recording company which will assist the musicians to record their albums.
The National Youth Council also said they would assist by providing musical facilities for the community and link them with promoters.
From all the artistes who performed, the message behind the different genres of music was the same – poverty alleviation.
One aspiring musician — a 16-year-old boy who introduced himself as One Dollar (Emmanuel Kagwere) who gave a reggae performance — said his music was inspired by the struggle his family faces.
One Dollar said he stopped going to school when he was in Grade Six because of financial constraints, hence his music is about children who waste education opportunities they get. He hopes that one day his music will make the world a better place.
Another young sungura musician, Langton Mugoni (21), sent the crowd into a frenzy with his band Ochestra Raramo. He said he only performed in Hatcliffe and wished promoters could recognise them.
“I have been working on an album, but I don’t have the financial input to have it recorded and hope that from this event, promoters out there will also recognise our talent as well,” said Langton.
Marisa said it was his wish to develop the lives of the people and turn Hatcliffe into a self-reliant and a condusive location.