A GROUP of Matabeleland artistes based in South Africa have launched an arts initiative which is meant to celebrate various cultures of the region through arts.
The organiser of the project, Mlungisi Madabudabu told Southern Eye Lifestyle that the project dubbed Mthwakazi Cultural Community (MCC) was meant to unite all artistes and people from the region in celebrating and promoting their culture.
“We launched this project to unite all people from the region. We want to celebrate our culture and way of life through arts,” he said.
“There is a lot that we are doing here to promote our culture as we work with musicians and authors.”
Many Zimbabweans, especially those from Matabeleland, have found a home in South Africa and most of them are doing well in the arts industry although little is known about them.
But the founders of MCC believe that they have made a breakthrough by launching an arts initiative meant to unify Matabeleland artistes and fans residing in the neighbouring country.
Madabudabu said several artistes and fans convened at South Africa’s famous Berea Park at the weekend to launch the initiative.
He said about 500 fans and artistes graced the event, an indication that people from the region had the desire to work together to promote their culture.
“The numbers of people who attended this launch shows that people have the desire to work together for a common goal hence we invite others to join us so that we promote our culture through arts,” the organisers said.
Some of the artistes and arts groups that performed at the launch include Amabhubesi Amnyama, Isibane Silamandla, Insukamini, Abafana BakaMashobane, Amabala Engwe, Amafika Amahle and several others.
Artistes had their CDs and DVDs also sold at promotional prices at the launch.