THE music sector will this weekend go on overdrive with fundraising gigs lined up for victims of the Tokwe-Mukorsi floods.
In Harare, Dereck Mpofu, the Green Ambassador, hosts South African Zahara and an array of local artistes at 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale tomorrow.
The following day, Devine Assignments hosts an explosive show that will be headlined by Jah Prayzah, the Charambas, Machanic Manyeruke, Leonard Zhakata, Blessing Shumba, Mathius Mhere and Progress Chipfumo, among others at the City Sports Centre starting at 10am until Sunday morning.
In Masvingo, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) Humanitarian Ambassador Alick Macheso leads his Youth Advocate for the same organisation Tryson Chimbetu and Masvingo Unlimited at a gig scheduled for Mucheke Stadium on Saturday.
The show will also serve as a commemoration for World Red Cross Day themed My Red Cross Story with the Zimbabwean chapter being focused more on Tokwe-Mukorsi.
ZRCS spokesperson Takemore Mazuruse said the celebrations in Masvingo would be held in line with the assistance they are rendering to flood victims camped at Chingwizi in Nuanetsi Ranch, Mwenezi.
“All is set for the fundraising show to benefit the victims of the Tokwe-Mukorsi flood disaster with all performing artistes promising fireworks on the day,” Mazuruse said.
“Our organisation saw it ideal to stage such a show in the same area in view of the support we have given to the flood victims.”
Devine Assignments programmes director Lawrence Chinoperekwei described the gig on Saturday as aimed at affording every citizen a chance to participate in the cause.
He said in most cases people felt they were either too small or incapacitated to donate, but there were too many ways to donate.
“People can donate their time, resources, goods and services and of course money and that can be a donation that can change someone’s life,” said Chinoperekwei.
“We have partnered with different institutions that have donated their services like ZLG who have donated drinking water for artistes performing at the show, Harare City Council which donated the venue which is worth over $8 000, Savannah Tobacco and many others who we are still engaging.”
He said after the tour of Chingwizi, artistes made a needs assessment and they would decide on what they would do with the proceeds raised.
“The gig has received an overwhelming response from the local artistes and we are happy with their commitment,” said Chinoperekwei.
He urged different organisations and individuals to come forward with their donations to City Sports Centre on Saturday.
Chinoperekwei expressed gratitude to artistes that endured a long trip to Chingwizi last week.
He said their gesture was a positive sign towards creating a responsible society that does not wait for government to spearhead every project.
“It is the duty of every citizen to be responsible and by travelling to Chingwizi last week, artistes made the right stride that should be cherished,” he said.
“Some got to their homes just before sunrise a day after their departure and we are happy that such a culture is being emulated.”
He also thanked veteran gospel singer Machanic Manyeruke who donated a box of second-hand clothes.