ZVISHAVANE artistes have collaborated for the first time to release an album on HIV and Aids awareness.
The artistes decided to pen an Aids awareness album due to a spike in infections blamed on increasing prostitution in the mining town.
The brains behind the project, Yanano Dhewa, said the collaboration brought together artistes from different genrés that include popular Zvishavane urban groover DNA, sungura musician Taruona Manjokota (Sugar Sugar) and Shuro Jazz Band.
“It is not going to be an ordinary album,” said Dhewa.
“We have included talented musicians from all genrés based in Zvishavane to cater for different audiences. Our core business is to educate the public about the HIV and Aids pandemic through music.”
Dhewa said they were expecting the project to be completed before Christmas so they could take advantage of the festive season to market and distribute the album.
“By the time Christmas comes we would have released the album and I hope every Zimbabwean will have time to listen to the content of the album and respond accordingly to the advice packaged,” he said.
Manjokoto, who relocated from his base in Harare to Zvishavane, said increasing mining and illegal gold panning activities had made Zvishavane and Mberengwa a hotbed for prostitution and hence the need for musicians to spread a positive message.
“Music can be used as an awareness tool,” he said.
“The increase of illegal gold mining activities has fuelled prostitution in and around Zvishavane so the project is aimed at educating makorokoza (illegal panners) and prostitutes about HIV and Aids.”
The project is being funded by the Zvishavane business community together with non-governmental organisations.