IT was a merry time at the Italian Sports Club in Harare on Wednesday as local entertainer Peace Ndlovu, popularly known as BaShupi, treated more than a hundred children with special needs to music and dance that drew loud cheering and smiles.
He graced the sporting event that was hosted by Vimbai Nashe Learning Institute meant for children with intellectual disability and performed old skool gospel tracks with a fusion of his own songs which left behind a trail of cheers from the teachers, parents and children.
In an interview with BaShupi, he said he was honoured to part of the event, connecting with the children and being able to put smiles on their faces.
“These children do not get to watch many live shows so coming here is a good thing as I spent some time and connected with them.
“We had a special time, with no pressure, no noise and they felt at ease in their own space so I really feel honoured to be here with them”, said BaShupi.
Schools that were present included Gateway, Mufakose, Homefields and Vimbai Nashe Learning Institute.
In between his performance, musical games were played and saw many youngsters doing some intricate breakdance moves and awarded them with CDs of his compilation songs.
Another interesting highlight of the event was an exuberant performance by a student with intellectual disability from Vimbainashe who sang the most popular song in town Tsviriyo which brought all the students to their feet.
After identifying potential talent in the children, BaShupi promised the organisers of the event to help groom them.
Event organiser Sylvia Musasiwa, who is the head and founder of Vimbai Nashe Learning Centre, said such events boosted the egos of children with intellectual disability so they could freely express themselves.