Poet releases DVD

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AWARD-winning poet Obert Dube has released a debut 10-track DVD titled Izibulo expected to signal his grand entry into the entertainment sector.

SHARON SIBINDI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The compilation DVD, which talks about the poet’s journey and struggles, was shot in Victoria Falls where Dube is based and in Bulawayo at the statue of the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo.

In an interview with Southern Eye Lifestyle, Dube said the DVD was not a half-backed product, claiming he put a lot of effort and hard work in producing it.

“My DVD is out. I have made copies available to ZBC Montrose Studios and they liked it. Some of my tracks will be aired on national television soon,” he said.

“I took my time working on this DVD and I wanted it to be of good quality and meaningful to the people. It is officially on sale and I have also registered it with the Zimbabwe Music Rights.”

In one of his poems titled Mqabuko Nyongolo, he talks about his admiration of Father Zimbabwe — as Nkomo was affectionately known — particularly the role he played in liberating the country from colonialism.

“There are a lot of things Nkomo did for this country and in my poem I honour him. He was a hardworking leader. We will always remember him with good things that he did. In this poem l thank him a lot,” Dube said.

He worked with Impumelelo Shining Stars, Khaya Arts and his manager Bukhosi Mabhena on the DVD.

The artiste said he started working on the compilation album in April and he faced a lot of challenges.

“I am happy I have managed to win the race. I faced a lot of challenges in shooting this album as it is my first. I didn’t want to be told what to do. I thought I knew everything since I am a teacher. I later realised my mistake and changed. I also faced financial challenges, but I am happy my DVD is out,” he said.

Dube has performed at several functions, including the unveiling of the statue of the late Father Zimbabwe. He has also performed for President Robert Mugabe during his visits to Bulawayo.

He is an author, poet, master of ceremonies and a teacher at Mosi oa Tunya High School in Victoria Falls.