Masike's dance with orphans

INTERNATIONALLY-acclaimed mbira artiste Hope Masike has donated to less privileged people around the country as part of her efforts to plough back into the community.

Masike donated sanitary wear at Hurungwe Children’s Home after visiting Chinyaradzo Children’s Home and Shungu Dzevana among others.

She spent time with the children, listening to their issues and taught them music and cooking lessons, courtesy of Gloria Flour.

“I decided to do so because I believe where we can we must help those who need our help.

“The word of God says; ‘blessed is he who takes time to give to those in need.’ In our traditional culture too, when they say it takes an entire village to bring up a child it also means exactly this.

“The people taking care of orphans in the country at organisational level or as individuals are doing an exceptionally good job and we must all chip in,” Masike said.

She has only two studio albums; Hope and Mbira, Love and Chocolate as well as singles but she is one of the best traditional artistes not only in the country, but globally as well.

She has toured virtually every corner of the world showcasing her artistry and has shared the stage with some of the world’s finest artistes, including Malian star Salif Keita, Mafikizolo, Zahara and local luminaries such as Mbuya Stella Chiweshe and the late Chiwoniso Maraire, Oliver Mtukudzi and Stewart Sukuma among others.

Apart from sharing the stage with the world’s A-class, her track The Land off her debut project was made the theme song for an international advert for the All Africa Heads of State summit in 2014 in Washington DC, in the United States of America.

The 2013 Outstanding Female Women Musician at the National Arts Merit Awards was also nominated in the prestigious Kora All Africa Music awards (2016) under the category of Best Traditional Female Artist for Africa. —Vasco Chaya

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