Government to support women in the music industry

By ZBC Reporter
Government is set to step up efforts to support women in the music industry as a way of empowering them as most careers suffer in their infancy due to lack of funding and support.
The male-dominated music industry has seen most women failing to showcase their talent due to a number of reasons that include the lack of support and financial constraints.
The government, however, says it is time to empower women in the music industry by providing them with necessities that will allow them to take their career paths.
In an interview with ZBC News at Mutare based gospel artist Dorcas Moyo’s fifth Album launch in Mutare this Saturday, Manicaland Minister of State, Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba said women should be empowered and supported in the careers they chose.
“As the government we especially with devolution we expect the empowerment and encouragement of artists because arts is a profession which sustains livelihoods. Talent should be nurtured in our children so that they are able to earn a living from it,” said Dr Gwaradzimba.
Zimbabwe Female Gospel Artists Association representative, Mharidzo Hatisani said women face a lot of challenges, hence the need for measures to ensure that they are supported in their musical careers.
“Our aim is to support and encourage female gospel artists as we realised they are not getting enough exposure so as an association we are there to help all-female gospel artists,” said Hatisina.
Dorcas Moyo says her fifth album titled, “Pamara Tapfuura” aims at bringing hope to fellow Zimbabweans that challenging times have passed and better days lay ahead.
“I wrote this album to give hope to people because what is left for us now as Zimbabweans is to praise God because we are past the trying times and great things lay ahead,” said Moyo.
The album has 10 tracks.
Artists who performed at the launch include Blessing Shumba and Mathias Mhere.