Musicians, poets shine on Mai Chisamba Show

TELEVISION personality Rebecca Chisamba aka Mai Chisamba is promoting local musicians and poets who she is giving a platform to shine during her popular talk-show, Mai Chisamba Show.

Through the talk show programme which airs on ZBC television, the popular host has invited different artistes who include superstar Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, Ammara Brown and Tocky Vibes among others.

“It is a win-win situation between us and artistes because we need them (artistes) for entertainment and to refresh our minds when we break for discussions.

“On the other hand, Mai Chisamba Show is a popular television programme hence we give artistes a platform to shine and market themselves,” said Mai Chisamba whose accolades include Best Television Presenter Award (Electronic) —National Journalistic and Media Awards in 2008.

A school teacher by profession, the talk-show presenter told the WeekendPost that her office is now overwhelmed with artistes who want to be afforded a chance to showcase at during her programme.

“When we started this programme (of giving artistes the opportunity to perform) we were looking for the artistes but now due to demand, it is vice versa.

“Artistes now send their requests to us and we are open to work with anyone whose lyrics suits family programmes such as ours, we need music that is decent and mature,” she said.

Artistes who feature on Mai Chisamba Show are not paid any fee.

“Money is not everything, at times mileage counts as television (media) is very powerful,” she said.

Apart from promoting established and upcoming musicians, Mai Chisamba also supports poetry.

“Life is all about helping each other, vechidiki vanoti kujegana-jegana,” she said.

Mai Chisamba is popularly known for her creative use of the Shona language in addressing the TV and studio audience during the show and she usually uses the phrase ‘vadiwa vatariri’(beloved viewers).

Owing to her good use of the Shona language, Mai Chisamba received the Duramanzwi Guru ReChiShona (Dictionary) and an acknowledgement letter for the good use of the language from the University of Zimbabwe in 2007.

She holds her weekly talk show programme conducted every Sunday where she tackles social topical issues of the day affecting modern Zimbabwean society.

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