FAMOUS South African actor Cornet Thabiso Mamabolo on Sunday urged upcoming artistes who gathered at Holland Community Hall in Kuwadzana in the capital to focus on developing their performing skills before eyeing monetary rewards.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Mamabolo, who is known for his starring role as Tbose Maputla in the SABC1 soapie opera Skeem Saam, is in the country, alongside compatriot Musa Modise, on Kuwadzana legislator Betty
Nhambu-Kaseke’s invitation to conduct workshops for youths, who are into performing arts in her constituency.
“My background is from both television and theatre, so to you as upcoming artists from early age you must understand the diversity and the stature of art as you play a big role in the society telling a story, be it through music, acting or pageants or any form of arts,” he said.
“You need to understand that you are doing storytelling and there comes the how part. You need to understand different mediums and different genres, so don’t go into it because you want to be famous or you want to have money, go into it for the right reasons.”
Speaking at the same event, Modise, a technical person behind the scenes in film production, advised the youngsters to work hard if they are to achieve their goals saying all is possible through hard work and commitment.
In an interview with NewsDay on the sidelines of the event, Kaseke said she is committed to promoting and uplifting talented youths in her constituency to earn a living through their artistic talents.
“There are a lot of talented youths, in terms of art, in my constituency who lack the much-needed exposure to showcase their talents on the big stage, so I engaged our friends from South Africa to come and conduct some workshops with them so that they are educated more about the performing arts industry from the gurus,” she said.
“With such initiatives we are trying to make our future stars understand that with proper guidance they can realise their full potential and earn a living through their talents and become professional artistes as art is a rewarding profession.”
Kaseke said in partnership with the South African artist they will be conducting several cultural exchange programmes that will take some local artistes to South Africa with the Mzansi artist also flying to Zimbabwe.
“We are trying to encourage these youngsters that being a musician or poet is not something that you can do part time or as a hobby, but we are saying there is more to aim out of their talents as they can sustain a livelihood,” she said.
As a way of promoting and empowering upcoming artistes in her constituency Kaseke, last year launched StarBrite Kuwadzana talent search in partnership with the talent search’s executive director and producer Barney Mpariwa and this year she introduced Miss Kuwadzana pageant