THE old adage, like father like son, aptly coins the footsteps Taurai “Gringoldinho” Boora is following.
Being born to a talented Lazarus “Gringo” Boora who is arguably one of the country’s finest in the arts industry, Gringoldinho is fast catching up and hopes to do even better than his father.
Besides comedy, the 19-year-old has sets his eyes on music and dancing.
NewsDay caught up with the multi-talented young Gringo — translated into Brazilian style as Gringoldinho — last Friday, whose extremely funny, but polished acts left scores of villagers, government officials and several stakeholders calling for more during the official handover of a nursery by Nyaradzo Group at Rukweza High School near Nyazura.
No doubt his father established himself as an actor on the domestic scene, Taurai will have to prove that he is not basking in his father’s glory.
“I started acting in 2010 in Dzivarasekwa in Harare, but now I am staying in our home village here, Rukweza, where I am polishing my acts,” said Taurai, whose footwork could leave even nimble-footed dancer Franco “Slomo” Dhaka highly impressed.
“It’s now almost three months now since I retreated to Rukweza village. I am in charge of my father’s Maungwe Arts Club together with my younger brothers Onias and Solomon. Other group members are Gift Mabika and Carlos Chikunya.
“I am the leader of the group right now and we are acting in schools and at functions like these. I have already written four scripts now and I tell you once we record them, people are going to like them,” Gringoldinho said.
In one of the acts set to be released next year, he said he would be featuring his father.
The young man could not hide his intentions: “What I want is to establish myself. I want to be my own man. This will take me about four years. Besides acting, I want to go a step further from my father and venture into music.
“To date, I have penned down four jazz songs, but they are based on the scripts I have done,” he said.
Gringoldinho hogged the limelight when his father was said to have ordered him out of the arts industry.
According to Gringoldinho, his father was unhappy with the way he was being treated at Barura Express where he was a dancer.
“My father supports me. I am here to uplift the arts industry in my area and I will be back in Harare. What happened then is that he was unhappy with what I was getting at Barura Express. I am proud of my father for what he has achieved and he is so supportive in what I am doing,” he said.
The young Gringo was spotted at a mini musical gala that was held in his Rukweza and claims he could have joined Nicholas Zachariah who was so impressed by his footwork.
He said he chose to join Barura Express because he thought he would gel with the youthful outfit.