BULAWAYO – Zimbabwean musicians have lined up several concerts around the country meant to raise funds to assist victims of the Cyclone Idai disaster.
Hundreds of lives were lost, many people were injured, while hundreds of others were left homeless and in a state of desperation by the natural disaster, which affected most parts of Manicaland Province, which borders with Mozambique – and Masvingo.
Zimbabwean Musician Union president, Edith WeUtonga, revealed told African Voice Global Friday that the artists were standing together in the great initiative.
“It is a great initiative that musicians are taking their part and from the concert we had in the capital city, Harare, we managed to raise about four trucks of groceries with $17,000 worth of groceries,” said WeUtonga.
She also added that there would be a musical concert in Masvingo Saturday and another in the Midlands town of Kwekwe next week, among other cities where several concerts had been planned.
Speaking in line with Saturday’s concert in Masvingo, organised by promotions company, King Lee Promotions, the director and founder of King Lee Promotions, Liberty Chaira said, “As Zimbabwean we are very touched by what happened to our colleagues hence we decided to do something to help them and as a company that specializes on arts we decided to talk to artists that we work with and they agreed to the idea of doing a relief concert to raise donations for the cyclone Idai victims.”
“Tomorrow’s concert will be at Mucheke stadium in Masvingo from 9 am to 6pm and it will be headlined by Andy Muridzo, Sandra Ndebele, Blessing Shumba, Bolamba and Lady Squanda, among other artists,” he added.
Sandra “Sandy” Ndebele said she was honoured to be part of the gig.
“It is an honour to be part of this initiative, there is no cash price for the event as our main aim is to raise funds for the victims of Cyclone Idai disaster hence people can bring whatever they can be it grocery, food, blankets or money, anything will do,” said Ndebele, who urged other Zimbabweans to be part of the event.
Sharing the same sentiments, Andy Muridzo also said, “It’s up to us as Zimbabweans to stand as one in such a time as this and be one nation”
Cyclone Idai has been characterised by heavy rains and flooding. An estimated 250 lives have been lost with thousands being displaced and over six hundred missing in Chimanimani, Chipinge, Bikita, Zaka and Masvingo.