BY PHILEMON JAMBAYA
KAMBUZUMA-BASED poet Tinotenda “Zyek” Morutare has leaped to stardom through his poetry that reflects reality and denounces societal evils in communities.
In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Zyek said through his poems and stories he sought to inform the public about social evils, injustice, oppression, abnormalities made normal, corruption and crime in today’s communities.
“I share the power of God’s creation through my gift. My writings are laden with human interactions, conflicts, emotions and life’s experiences are an important function in forming attitudes, influencing sympathies and perfecting values in society,” he said.
“I have performed on various platforms namely, ZBC (YGT), Arrupe Jesuit University, Izwi Poetry Jam, Black Lily Poetry slam and Lafarge Poetry slam as well as corporate events.”
In partnership with his friends, Zyek has since opened a platform where they have successfully hosted two jams.
“In December 2020 we opened a poetry performing platform with my colleagues to give exposure to aspiring poets and we have successfully held at least two poetry slams before the outbreak of COVID-19,” he said.
“The joint has not been utilised that much owing to the COVID-19-induced restrictions that discourage gatherings. I have, however, come up with a social media initiative where I have created a WhatsApp group, ZyekVille where I post my works to keep audiences abreast.”
“This WhatsApp group is a space for those who love reading and understand pure, clean art as we are in the midst of a pandemic and we cannot do physical shows.”
Zyek’s works have been published in a literary project known as One Poem, a compilation of short stories about Africa.
Zyek believes he is bringing developmental light among his peers and future generations with his work.
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