The fund, which benefits orphans and the vulnerable in Johannesburg and back in Zimbabwe, is the group’s way of expressing gratitude to members of the community who supported it since its first album in 2003. “People have been very good to us since we recorded our first album Sizowanyathela Amadimoni and this is our way of thanking them,” said Sibanda, who is also its lead singer.
“We have helped quite a lot of people with money raised from shows and disc sales and will continue to do that in as much as people continue supporting us. Most of our group members are employed here in South Africa and, therefore, we agreed to dedicate some of our profits to the community,” he said.
The group has held a number of shows, especially in areas around Plumtree in Matabeleland South, where most of its members originally come from. All the gate takings at the shows have been given to community leaders for distribution to the poor.
“Community and traditional leaders live with the people and know among themselves who deserve the help, hence our decision to involve them,” added Sibanda (49).
The Thembisa-based group, which sings in Ndebele/Zulu and Shona, has recorded six top selling albums and a DVD, including the hits Madodana, UJesu Yingonyama and Ulwandle Olubomvu.
Sibanda’s talents have seen him star in various South African acts, including the popular soap opera, “Generations”, the movie “District 9” and a drama “After 9”. He was also involved in several 2010 Fifa World Cup adverts and still stars in various other commercials.
He finds praising the Lord and helping those who cannot afford the basics as his main purposes in life.
The group has five members–Ozious Sibanda (39), Patison Moyo (54), Imani Sibanda (35) and Lumbidzani Sibanda (34).Post published in: Entertainment