MANY may now be familiar with the usual “good girl gone bad” story and merely mentioning the name Lady B, one may expect it to be typical.
Yet hers is the reverse.
Real name Brenda Bechani, Lady B — sometimes referred to as the Foxy Brown of Zimbabwe due to her uninhibited lyricism — has mobilised 11 female musicians into a charity initiative named Mic of Hope.
The initiative is aimed at fighting child abuse, child marriage and rape, among other vices affecting women and children.
Project co-ordinator Heather Mujuru said they had so far recorded a 16-track album with the same musicians and were also trying to engage different stakeholders for support and advice.
She said they had adopted a few disadvantaged schoolgirls for whom they were paying school fees around the country.
“Initially, this was Lady B’s idea and she has so far adopted a few girls in Darwendale where she grew up. Ninja Lipsy [Tendazvaitwa Chitimbe] also bought into the idea and mobilised fellow musicians into embarking on a campaign which gave birth to Mic of Hope,” Mujuru said.
Mujuru said for now, their activities were self-funded and Lady B has been performing at gigs in Darwendale and channelling the proceeds to the school fees of the girls.
Other artistes that have joined the initiative are Nina Grande, Empress Shelly, Juwela, Mabrugwa, Gaza Empress, Mobbie, Military Pee and Modesta.
“The project is running under the theme Eradicating Child Marriage, Child Abuse And Gender-Based Violence,” Mujuru said.