BY SHARON SIBINDI
GWANDA-BASED female kwaito artiste, Proficience Cadder aka Kadder has achieved a lot and strives to scale greater heights in the showbiz industry. Her lifestyle is much associated with children and development initiatives. Kadder’s attachment to people has led her to create a vision to be one of the celebrated music icons. Strong and focused, she has managed to set up an arts academy Planet Kadder Academy (PKA) where she nurtures children in arts. The academy is officially registered with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.
I had the honour to work with the best in the arts sector. From my debut performance at the Ibumba International Festival 2008, thanks to “Mbazo” Simon Mambazo Phiri to being groomed by former Street Niggaz member, an Skyz Metro FM DJ Mjox at Emafletsini Studios. I have had the opportunity to share the stage with huge artists such as Big Nuz, Brick, Dj Sbu, Bojo Mujo amongst others.
I am a Bulawayo Arts Awards 2017 nominee for outstanding female artiste, Starbrite 2016 poetry finalist, 2019 Intwasa short story competition finalist, 2020 TESMA award winner for best kwaito song (Tribute to Mabrr)
I love children so much. I am a qualified Early Childhood Education practitioner. I love their innocence and commitment. They have amazing qualities which we tend to underestimate as adults and I enjoy working with them a lot. I am also passionate about community development through art, hence the foundation of Planet Kadder Academy.
I believe that if children are captured young and guided towards treating art professionally, our arts will then move from being a sector to a fully functioning industry. An industry which creates employment, promotes culture as well as leaves concrete legacies and structures for future generations. It hurts a lot to hear that the majority of artists die paupers. That has to change and I am playing my role through the academy.
Then in terms of grooming models, I realised that this is a capacity gap that needs to be addressed in my community of Gwanda. I was saddened by the fact that promoters have to import models from Bulawayo for Gwanda titles.
Also, I am an advocate for women empowerment and grooming models is a way of cultivating female leaders and strong women who can stand against issues like gender based violence as well as their sexual reproductive health rights
My future plans are to have Planet Kadder Academy as a recognised arts institute that trains and produces child stars as well as reputable models who will represent the country even on international platforms.
The other plan is to have our own means of production ranging from sound systems to sewing machines so that we can train the women to be self starters and to create employment. For instance, empowering them with fashion and design skills, beauty and make up among other things.
I will take that as a compliment. Thank you. Firstly I am resilient, I don’t give up easily. I stand up for my idea right through the end. Afterwards, I evaluate then work on my weaknesses. Secondly, I am grateful to the various capacity-building workshops I used to attend when venturing into the arts industry. They helped a lot in shaping my career objectives. Thirdly, I am grateful to the ECD course I did as well as the invaluable advice I got from government entities like the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation. Special credit to Promise Dube as well as the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe
Off the arts industry and projects
I love handicraft. I do gift bags and design charts for classroom displays. I have been focusing on school for the past three years, so right now my whole attention is on Planet Kadder Academy. It’s a huge baby and I want it to be a legacy
Actually I have an anthology titled 27 November which I intend to launch later this year. Every bit and piece of me is embedded in it.
I have learnt that I do not have to put my eggs in one basket. Even if someone promises to sponsor an event from A-Z, I continue to work on counter plans because I have been disappointed a lot in that area. Secondly, I have learned to be tolerant. If you work with people, you meet all kinds of characters so it’s best to get along with them instead of being judgmental.
One other important thing I have learnt is innovation. If you wait for resources to come your way before you can start a project, chances are high that you might never begin. Innovation has sharpened my creativity.
It has exposed me to the digital world and I am loving it. It has also taught me to be adaptable as well as subtle in all things I do.
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