MUSICIANS Dereck Mpofu, Alexio Kawara and Pax Gomo have united to form an arts stable.
Named Pax Alexi and Dereck Arts (Pad Arts) the stable is aimed at promoting upcoming musicians at grassroots level.
The trio said the idea to form Pad Arts came after they attended the Star Brite talent show.
“After we attended Star Brite talent show we discovered that there is a lot of talent which must not be left lying idle. With the talent show (Star Brite) providing few winners, the rest are left underground,” said Mpofu.
“It is with such concerns that we decided to join hands as musicians to try and help some of the talented artistes who might have failed to make it not because they are not good but they lack resources.”
Mpofu said as part of the Pad Arts project, they have identified 10 talented upcoming artistes who are going to be working with them under a program called Gifted.
“We are going to take 10 of the identified artistes into boot camp from July 20 to 26 at Lake Chivero for vocal coaching and technique, performance and song writing training,” he said.
Mpofu said after the boot camp the artistes will be taken for recording for some songs composed by the trio and Minister of Youth , Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Francis Nhema who is the patron of the organisation. “We have partnered with CBZ Bank who is going to be our major partners as seek to promote the hidden talent.” Mpofu said.
Kawara who is not new to promoting of youths as he is also involved in another social responsibility initiative called Tose that aims to assist disadvantaged school-going children said the aim of the project is to make upcoming artistes discover their talent earlier.
“With this project, we want to create a new calibre of artistes who will conquer the showbiz scene at an earlier stage unlike what proves to be a norm in Zimbabwe that it takes ages for artistes to enjoy the fruits of their,” Kawara said.
Gomo also echoed Mpofu and Kawara’s sentiments urging local citizens and corporates to support the local arts sector.
“We have vast talent in Zimbabwe which must be supported. We appeal for local citizens to have the support for originality by supporting artistes through buying of original products,” he said.
Gomo also challenged corporates to support the arts sector. “If corporates can channel resources towards sports, why can they not do the same to the arts sector?.” The selected artistes are going to be featured on the trio’s projects and will also get the opportunity to share stage with them during their live shows.