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Foundation gives lifeline to young artistes

By Style Reporter

Music producer and musician Forward Mazuruse’s Music for Development Foundation is on a drive to promote music talent, especially among the marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

The musician and community development enthusiast, who has been involved in various community development initiatives, including the Fagio Marowa-led Donate a Show campaign said talent development was one of his organisation’s interest areas.

“We are passionate about talent identification and development and recently we made a donation of a mbira set as well as a nyunganyunga mbira instrument to Bright Star Academy in Chegutu,” Mazuruse said.

“We are a partner of Bright Star Academy which is run by the Sustainable Africa Global Education Trust. We were highly encouraged by the talent showcase at the school and we hope to nurture them until they self actualise.”

The handover of music instruments by Music for Development Foundation also coincided with the ECD graduation and Fun Day at the Mazila Nkatha founded Bright Star Academy.

Speaking to Standard Style, Nkatha also thanked Music for Development Foundation highlighting that they were happy with the synergies between the school and the development organisation.

“Bright Star Academy is one of our projects under our Sustainable Africa Global Education Trust and we are happy with the support from Music for Development Foundation,” Nkatha said.

“Mazuruse is one musician, who has demonstrated great commitment to our cause and we hope our initiatives together make a change in our communities.”

Nkatha said it was their desire to set up a well equipped music talent development facility at the school among various other initiatives and he was thankful to Mazuruse’s foundation.

Mazuruse said he had reached out to various other communities around Zimbabwe, including Goromonzi and his next port of call would be his home area in Zaka.

“We have an elaborate plan to this music development foundation and we hope that beyond talent development, we also capacitate communities to be self-sustainable,” he said.

“Our next port of call is Machiva and Dabwa primary schools in Zaka East where we intend to donate music instruments as well as nurture young talent.”

Mazuruse, who also runs Revival Studios, is a situational composer of note who has written songs towards environment protection, unity and peace as well as the donate a shoe campaign to name a few.

His music career spans close to two decades and he has produced over 500 albums to date.

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