Prof Zvobgo playing a guitar while Bob Nyabinde and C Mutami look on
21 April 2017, MASVINGO – Great Zimbabwe University (GZU)'s Fusion Band last week formally launched their album titled Dangwe during a colourful event at Masvingo's Civic Centre public hall.
Speaking during the event, GZU Vice Chancellor Professor Rungano Zvobgo pledged to support the group's adventures.
"What these students have done has made the university proud. As a university, we focus on cultural and heritage studies as well as practical projects like this so that we make a positive change to our community.
"We will also support this band on any project they wish to embark on. To those who are guiding these young ones, I am giving you assurance that the pocket that gave you money for the first time is still full, just bring your proposals and we will support you in any way possible," Prof Zvobgo said.
The humorous Prof Zvobgo also took the moment to tell the crowd how his brother, the late nationalist Edison Zvobgo, had discouraged his musical ambitions while still studying in India.
"I also have a music background you might be interested to hear. During my university days in India, I was a band member and played a guitar. Music is one of the things I love the most but my brother stopped me saying ndezvechirombe.
"My son has however taught me something about music. I was mad at him when I realised he sneaks out of the house to go and entertain revellers at night clubs but looking into his academic achievements, I have promised to buy him a set of drums.
"I have told this story so as to encourage you to see that music does not disturb your studies but it rather keeps you occupied and entertained," Zvobgo said.
A copy of Dangwe went on auction and university registrar Sinikiwe Gwatidzo became the highest bidder at US$150. Other bidders were Prof Zvobgo (US$100) and Masvingo Mayor Hubert Fidze (US$70).
Also present at the event was Reformed Church University (RCU) Vice Chancellor, Professor Wiseman Magwa and veteran musician Bob Nyabinde.entertainment