Hwabaraty giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Soccer Rugby Sport - Lan­galakhe Mabena

THE adage char­ity be­gins at home rings true when it comes to Bu­l­awayo artiste Hwabaraty who is en­gaged in ef­forts to nur­ture tal­ent and ful­fil dreams of young school chil­dren who in­clude street kids.

Hwabaraty, a house/kwaito artiste, has been in­volved in a lot of char­ity projects which in­clude help­ing street kids by nur­tur­ing and groom­ing their artis­tic skills.

“I am in­volved in a pro­ject called ‘ The Hot House’, where I train street kids in Theatre act­ing, danc­ing and mu­sic. We re­hearse at Scrip­ture Union Thuthuka in Bu­l­awayo, where their ba­sic needs are also catered for,” said the dread­locked artiste.

Work­ing with chil­dren is not some­thing new to Hwabaraty. Last year, the Iyasa chore­og­ra­pher adapted a schools theatre ver­sion of the play, “The Gospel of Othello”, which was pro­duced by Lara Week and was show­cased at the Ibumba Arts Fes­ti­val.

“Last year I man­aged to work with chil­dren from dif­fer­ent high schools around Bu­l­awayo in pro­duc­ing the schools ver­sion of the play ‘ The Gospel of Othello’, which fea­tured at the Ibumba Arts Fes­ti­val. I was de­lighted by their per­for­mance on stage and it shows that my ef­forts are pay­ing off,” said the Woza Nh­lanhla hit-maker.

Hwabaraty also stated that he will con­tinue to work with chil­dren as he views them as the fu­ture of the coun­try es­pe­cially in the arts. He added that dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren are his main fo­cus be­cause do­ing so con­nects him with his own past ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Grow­ing up I faced so many chal­lenges, if I didn’t con­front these ob­sta­cles I wouldn’t be here to­day. I be­lieve it’s my call­ing to help these chil­dren so I can give them hope.” Pic (Hwaba

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