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Mtukudzi establishes art centre in Norton
October 11, 2004
Sunday October 03, 2004, aspiring musicians, poets and drama clubs
thronged the Pakare Paye Art Centre in Norton to showcase their
talents to Zimbabwe's famous guitarist, singer and songwriter Oliver
Art Centre is a community facility which gives talented boys, girls,
school leavers, orphans a place where they can spend sometime enhancing
what they can do best. The Art centre focuses on identifying and
developing the arts inclusive of dance, music, drama, peotry, story
telling, script writing, filming and so on.
artist said the Centre caters for talent scouting, grooming and
in helping the young people get organised as business people and
equip them with all the tricks needed for one to survive in the
music indistry. Mtukudzi
expressed joy at the vast amount of raw talent that was presented
at the Centre on October 3rd.
One young artist who thrilled the audience was 8 year old Lyvette
Kambuma from Dudley hall Primary School, whose song "Sugar Daddy"
called on sugar daddies to leave the young people alone. Lyvette
said she looks forward to be promoted by Mtukudzi.
was impressed with Lyvette's performance, which took him back tohis
early days.Mtukudzi said, "i did not even start at that level, I
started even lower than the performance I saw today. They are lucky
they are able todo that before they even get into the business."
Mr Wildred Rwodzi
a teacher from Hartzen Primary School could not hide his feelings
about the new facility that will give his students a chance to learn
more about music from Oliver Mtukudzi, a person who has been in
the business for a long time. He further said, "This talent centre
wil be the cornerstone of all the activities comprising the arts
comments were also echoed by other aspiring artists who are looking
for different kind of help, from assistance with dancing costumes,
drums, instruments to music production. In a speech to the aspiring
artists Mtukudizi urged the artists that no time is too late in
the arts. If they have a dream they should pursue it. He called
on parents to support their children because they could survive
and as artists as long as they had faith in their work.
called on the school going artists to do their homework first before
they come to the arts centre because education was very important.
He said without English and Maths artist's where likely to be cheated
and exploited in their careers. Mtukudzi said he had been exploited
for over 20
years in his career because he had signed a contract that he had
not fully understood.
the young people to avoid being entagled in such situations. Well
known poet Chirikure Chirikure, who is also a board member for the
centre said the centre is the brainchild of Oliver Mtukudzi and
it's main focus is to open up opportunities for the young upcoming
artists starting primarily with the Norton Community which is his
at the Arts Centre was jazz artist Bob Nyabinde who commended Mtukudzi
for the initiative. He said; "Mtukudzi has paved the way for many
people to get a start into the arts". The jazz artist said what
could have taken an artist two years to learn, could now take two
days, due to the professional guidance that will be available.
Paye Art Centre is located at No. 238 Galloway Road in Norton. The
premises were previously used as a garage warehouse but have been
cleared and cleaned. Mtukudzi saidthere was a lot that needed to
be done and Tuku Music (Pvt Ltd) could not do this on it's own.
Mtukudzi is appealing to well wishers to cheap in and assist since
the centre is not Tuku's private property but for the community.
Items that are
urgently in need include black boards, chalks, cultural books, bibles,
musical instruments (traditional and contemporary) volunteers and
teachers, curtains and chairs. The Arts Centre will be linking up
with various arts institutions from the region and artists will
be in a position to benefit in a number of ways, which include scholarships
and cultural exchanges.
he struggled to make it in life and the arts centre is meant to
give other people the opportunity he never had when he was young.
He said he would like to see each city and town having such a centre.
Mtukudzi has over the years helped various artists including musicians
such as Zexie Manatsa, Charles Chiweshe, Kings Voices, poet Chirikure
Chirikure and the late Robert Chiriga. All their music was released
under the Tuku Music stable and recorded at Oliver's home studio
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