Gospel star rescues sculptors

Gospel musician, Blessing Shumba, has volunteered to assist a Mutare-based arts group, Murahwa Cultural Art Village, which has been struggling economically.

Blessing Shumba has become the patron of Murahwa Cultural village.
Blessing Shumba has become the patron of Murahwa Cultural village.

The Mufaro (Joy) hitmaker announced that he would be the group’s patron and pledged to invest resources, financial and business support.

Shumba, who also runs an electrical shop in Mutare, said: “I am going to be a patron for Murahwa (Cultural Art Village). I am not saying that I have a lot of money, but I want to assist these guys in any way I can. These guys are very talented and I want to help them realize their dream.”

He first met the arts group when he was shooting scenes for his debut DVD album at Christmas Pass. The gospel star fell in love with the artefacts and, after hearing the challenges the group was facing, he offered to assist.

Shumba blamed the corporate world, art lovers and the media for failing to support the many talented artists in the province.

“I am very disappointed with our local media in the province. Personally I have had more interviews with papers from Harare than those in Mutare, despite the fact that I live here. The same situation is affecting the entire arts industry here (Manicaland). The press in Mutare writes more about guys from Harare and other cities at the expense of its very own artists here. It is very sad.”

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