BULAWAYO’s dazzling all-female ensemble Nobuntu is set to hold a concert dubbed Charity Concert Nobuntu Pad Bank Show on Saturday. The show aims at establishing pad banks at youth centres in Bulawayo for use by female artistes doing rehearsals.
BY SHARON SIBINDI
The event will be held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo and comes in the wake of a mentorship programme for upcoming artistes held by Nobuntu.
Duduzile Sibanda of Nobuntu confirmed the event to NewsDay Life & Style yesterday.
“The show is all about women looking out for each other. In these hard times we thought why not lessen the burden of female artistes by at least meeting one of their monthly financial obligations,” she said.
“Whatever money they get from their performances should do something else for them. As women, the thought of not having enough sanitary wear is gutting. Hence we thought of these pad banks as a form of giving women a bit of comfort in their spaces of rehearsals.”
She said the group had been doing Ubuntu Sisterhood talks with female artistes at Indlovu Youth Centre.
“So the concert is really a climax of those talks. We also believe that as Nobuntu, it’s high time we gave back to the community. It’s been six years since our inception and we feel now we are better placed to have other female artistes stand on our shoulders,” she said.
Sibanda said the group will have more such charity shows and encouraged people to come and help them build the pad banks as sanitary wear for women was not by choice.
“We believe to whom much is given, much is required. We have been given the gift to perform all around the world and we would love to share those experiences with people at home and help where we can,” she said.
“People should come and help us build these pad banks. Sanitary wear for women is not a choice, it should be a right and given freely.”