Byo artistes fundraise for Cyclone Idai affected areas

Njanji Simbihombe

Arts Correspondent

WHEN the fundraising drive seems to have soared down, Bulawayo artistes will this Saturday hold yet another show to raise money and donations targeted at rebuilding Cyclone Idai affected areas.

The show, an open air event to be held in Bulawayo City Centre will host rising various musicians including dancehall stars Njanji Simbi Hombe and Rud Black (Bulawayo), Moosafa King (Harare), and Krucial Symeun (Victoria Falls), all of whom are part of the Cyclone Idai riddim.

One of the organisers Andrew Musoni of Hard Mashona Arts and Culture Trust said they want to raise money and building material.

“Yes there have been many fundraising efforts by artists but most of them were for relief aid.

“This show is for the next stage which is rebuilding affected areas, and helping them to self-sustain. At this show we are trying to keep the word moving that even though the worst is probably over, people in cyclone affected areas still need help,” he said.

Musoni said they are working with various organisations including Legal Guardian, EnviroStars, Environmental Trust Africa, FSG Funeral Services, and Bulawayo based businessman Felix Mhaka.

“They are financing the event, helping with money for stage and other logistical needs as well as donations towards rebuilding affected areas,” he said.

Mhaka of Continental Hotel said he is impressed with ideas brought forth by young artistes.

“I am always willing to support young artists as they are always facing financial challenges. I mostly back youth driven programs because I feel with the right support young people can produce good results for our country,” he said.

Cyclone Idai hit the eastern parts of Zimbabwe late last month leaving a trail of unprecedented destruction.

To date over 300 people are confirmed dead while thousands were left homeless. Relief aid has been coming from both local and international well-wishers.

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