21 July 2012

Zimbabwe: Walter Mparutsa to Be Honoured Posthumously

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Late veteran Zimbabwean actor, Walter Muparutsa

A festival will be held in honour of renowned actor, theatre guru and playwright, Walter Mparutsa, who died in Harare in June this year.

The festival, organised by the Youth Cultural Arts Festival (Yocaf), is scheduled to run from August 2 to 4 in Masvingo under the theme The Power of the Pen. "We are introducing the Artists' Hot Pot in honour of the legendary 'Mambo Mutasa' Walter Muparutsa. The goal is to strengthen dialogue and interaction between artists among other critical factors in arts, which is what he always encouraged in his career," said Leeroy Gono, Yocaf Arts Director.

Gono said the concept aimed at enabling capacity building of the artist through mentoring programmes that help in grooming the artist so as to create a refined and responsible artist. "Yocaf is owned by the community and it is our endeavour to take it to the people and make sure that everyone benefits. He said the youths in churches would also be involved in the festival.

Local groups from Masvingo and 12 schools from around the country, including Prince Edward, will be performing. This year's programme will bring theatre productions such as The Gospel of Othello, Facebook by Savanna Trust, Tafadzwa Muzondo's No Voice, No Choice, among others. Celebrated musicians such as Tendai Manatsa and Selmor Mtukudzi are also expected to take part at the festival.

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