She­beleza sings a to­tally dif­fer­ent tune

Sunday World - - News - AB­DUL MILAZI Ebum­nan­dini

KWAITO leg­end Doc She­beleza has hung up his mic to build houses for in­di­gent go­gos and child-headed house­holds.

The hit maker has dis­ap­peared from the mu­sic scene for years, choos­ing in­stead to fo­cus on his char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion, African Mu­si­cians Against HIV/Aids (Amaha).

In the past few years I have part­nered with AfriSam [ce­ment com­pany], SABC and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to help build houses for the poor­est of the poor who have been wait­ing for RDP houses for years and those who never made it onto the gov­ern­ment list,” said She­beleza.

A unique con­cept the muso came up with in­clude hon­our­ing for­got­ten mu­sic leg­ends and so­cial ac­tivists through the houses he builds.

We are build­ing a wall of fame’ where we name the houses af­ter these self­less and leg­endary he­roes and hero­ines. Each house bears a plaque with a pic­ture and name of a leg­end and serves as a per­ma­nent re­minder of the con­tri­bu­tions they have made to this coun­try, She­beleza said.

Aids ac­tivist Criselda Kananda is one of the so­cial ac­tivists hon­oured by Amaha. Some of the mu­sic leg­ends on the wall of fame” are Babsy Mlan­geni, Blondie Makhene, Thandi Klaasen, Abi­gail Kubeka, Jabu Khanyile, Lebo Mathosa, Re­becca Ma­lope, Ringo Madlin­gozi and vet­eran ac­tors Mabutho Kid” Sit­hole and Jerry Phele. Even co­me­dian Ken­neth Nkosi has a house named af­ter him.

There are still many more to be hon­oured. We are killing two birds with one stone. We are cre­at­ing mon­u­ments cel­e­brat­ing our icons while help­ing poor go­gos, some of whom never owned a house in their lives,” said She­beleza.

He said Amaha projects are cur­rently run­ning in Gaut­eng, Free State and KwaZulu Na­tal.

We make sure we use rep­utable small build­ing con­trac­tors, and we stip­u­late that they should use lo­cals for labour. In KZN the sup­port from Mr No­gie Naidoo (ANC chief whip) and Dr Fik­ile Ndlovu from the Pre­mier’s of­fice was amaz­ing,” She­beleza said.

Asked whether he’ll ever go back to the stu­dio, She­beleza said work­ing with the less for­tu­nate is what makes his soul sing. It’s ful­fill­ing and gives my life greater pur­pose.”

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