Zimbabwe: Zakaria Courts Arts Centre Partners

Legendary sungura musician Nicholas “Madzibaba” Zakaria is looking for partners to support his Nicholas Zakaria Arts Centre (NIZA) project in Chitungwiza.

Widely known as the Senior Lecturer in music circles for his penchant to nurture musicians, Zakaria told The Herald Arts that he was confident the arts centre would be a success.

He said he will need the right support and partners to see it through.

“I am one person who believes in collective success. I have seen it all in the music industry, but I would be a lot happier if I am to leave a legacy of arts development through the centre.

“The land to build the arts centre is there and the plan is out, thanks to one of our partners, LoneStar Construction, who designed everything. We now need the financial and material support to get the project off the ground”

Zakaria bemoaned the lockdown which has made it difficult to work and fund-raise for the arts centre, but remained hopeful the project will be a success.

“The pandemic has made it difficult for us to organise any fundraising initiatives, let alone perform, but we are hopeful things will work out,” he said.

“We are opening our doors to partners and sponsors that believe in this noble initiative to come through with any possible support. No support is too big or little in this venture.”

The left-handed lead guitarist was given 4 000 square metres by Chitungwiza Town Council for the arts centre and he is hopeful that he will complete the construction with the necessary partner support.

“I am grateful to Chitungwiza Town Council for availing the land for this project. It really means a lot to me and I am grateful for the relationship I have with them.

“I have been a goodwill ambassador for the council and I was really happy when they availed the land for the project which I believe will contribute to the development of the local arts and create employment.”

The plan for the centre comes complete with various facilities including an auditorium, lecture rooms, studio space and offices that can be taken up by service providers to make the centre a complete creative and business hub.

“We want this arts centre to be a complete creative and business hub, hence we have made sure the plan factors in all those components.

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