MUTARE – Local businessman and music promoter Isau Mupfumi has donated bags of rice to Mutare-based artists in order to cushion them during the COVID-19 lockdown.
About 150 artists from different music genres that include Sungura, Afro jazz, gospel, reggae, zimdancehall, among others, received five kilogrammes of rice each.
Drama groups and poets also benefitted from the donation.
The artists received the donation last Sunday at Dangamvura Beithall.
In an interview, Mupfumi said:
“I have taken note of the plight of the artists. They have not been performing live shows that give them some income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have, therefore decided to cushion them with some rice.”
The artists expressed their appreciation to Mupfumi for the kind gesture in the current
hard times induced by the coronavirus.
Mutare gospel superstar Blessing Shumba, though he did not attend the handover ceremony due to commitments elsewhere, said: “We want to for helping artists during these hard times of coronavirus, where everyone in the arts industry is finding it difficult to feed their families.”
Famous Sungura musician Hosiah Chipanga said the donations would go a long way in cushioning the musicians in the lockdown period.
“The arts sector has been gravely affected by the lockdown. We now appreciate that such promoters like Mupfumi think of us during the hard times. We urge the government to now consider the important role that the arts play and consider us as an essential service,” Chipanga said.
Mupfumi is one of the biggest music promoters in Zimbabwe who has brought some of the country’s top performers to Mutare.
Alick Macheso, Chipanga, Jah Prayzer, Sulumani Chimbetu and Leonard Zhakata are some of the top musicians to have performed at Mupfumi’s joint – The Platinum Bar.
Soul Jah Love, Winky D, Tocky Vibes, among others, have also performed at the same venue.