ZVISHAVANE-BASED Shuro Jazz Band has received new musical instruments from a local businessman for uplifting social matters through their music.
The band leader Patrick Mbewe was ecstatic after receiving the equipment from NewBase Construction chief executive officer Newton Basera in the small mining town yesterday.
“I am so excited, if only we had received this donation years ago we could have taken jazz music to greater heights, not only in Zimbabwe, but the Southern African region,” Mbewe said.
Shuro Jazz Band comprises talented elderly men whose music takes one down memory lane to the pre-independence era. Basera said every year NewBase Construction pays back to the community it operates in and this year decided to honour the arts sector.
“It is our duty to give back to the community and this year Shuro Jazz Band has been awarded,” he said.
“Their music is very educative evidenced by its content that deliberates on various social ills.
“Zvishavane has been threatened by a rise in tuberculosis and HIV and Aids cases due to prostitution as a result of increased mining activities. So if there is anyone to be rewarded, it’s definitely anyone who champions awareness programmes.”
The band is currently collaborating with other local artistes to release an HIV and Aids album that seeks to educate and empower communities on ways of curbing the deadly disease.
NewBase Construction awarded scholarships to orphans and vulnerable children who are victims of the Aids pandemic.
Chiefs Masunda and Wedza encouraged more businesspeople to assist the arts sector.
“The arts industry has become a backbone in addressing social ills hence more players must assist,” Chief Masunda said.