Artiste on drive to fight drug abuse


A LOCAL performing arts group, Kaisa, is spearheading a campaign against drug abuse by youths as part of moves to keep the music and entertainment industry clean.

Own Correspondent

The campaign themed “Youth Anti-Drug” is set to be launched on May 2.

Dereck Tembo, the director of the ensemble, told Southern Eye Lifestyle that the campaign is aimed at educating young artistes about risks of drug abuse. The campaign is aimed at discouraging youths from using drugs.

Tembo attributed the use and abuse of drugs to lack of jobs particularly by school leavers in the high-density areas.

“We have seen a trend in the youth who abuse drugs in Njube, Mpopoma and Makokoba who particularly use ingoma and mbanje. Most of these youths are jobless and therefore resort to stealing and robbing people of money to purchase these drugs,” he said.

The launch of the campaign is slated for Inyathi Youth Centre targeting Njube, Mpopoma and Makokoba areas.

“We will organise a clean-up around these areas and put up posters to create an awareness of the campaign. On the launch date we will march along with local groups and performing arts groups such as Izibozi, Khuxxman, Mcheznana Nana and New Age, Top Class and Simunye Simunye,” Tembo said.

According to Tembo the group is also working on an album featuring the life of Kaisa and the genres will feature kwaito, house music and Afro-soul.

“We are working on an album that will look at the life of the group, how the group came into formation, our challenges, struggles and successes” Tembo said.

The group, which is involved in various projects and performances, has featured in a video called Vumelani Isangoma by Khuxxman.

The 14-member ensemble was formed in 2004 as an income generating project by artistes after realising that there were no jobs.

Kaisa which has its base at Inyathi Youth Centre, holds rehearsals from Monday to Thursday.

The outfit was inspired by Umoja, a South African performing arts group, and Umkhathi Theatre.

“We felt God gave us some brains and mouths therefore we could not sit and say there are no jobs, but had to use our talents to generate income,” Tembo added.

Kaisa has participated in many campaigns such as Miss Tourism, Intwasa and Mthwakazi Arts Festivals.