By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha
HARARE, Zimbabwe – Tradititional music and Afro-jazz maestro, Victor Kunonga, put up a sterling performance at the inaugural Special Schools Arts Festival Guitar held on Friday at St Giles in Harare.
Under the glare of the mid-afternoon sun, Kunonga took to the stage and mesmerized the audience with soul-foul music signatured by his unmistakable guitar work.
In fact, throughout his performance, Kunonga got off the stage and mingled with the audience much the amusement of the children with special needs. The children trailed him around – laughing and dancing – as he plucked away at his guitar.
“I am here because it helps to serve the plight of the disabled children. I have, in my small way, been able to raise awareness about their issues. They don’t necessarily get everything from me but I can help to raise awareness,” said Kunonga in an interview.
Kunonga, who is also a Global Coalition for Alleviation of Poverty (GCAP), said that its important to instill a sense of pride, responsibility and discipline in children with special needs so that they do not grow up feeling sorry for themselves.
“When the children can stand up and perform, they can grow up with a sense that they’re able to do something. As a result, when they’re adults, they’ll just behave like everyone else,” said Kunonga.
Kunonga said that a the GCAP amabasador his role is to make sure that no children is left behind in the country’s development efforts.
“One of the goals of the Millenium Development Goals is universal primary education for all children. We must make sure every children is considered. Children with special needs must not be an afterthought,” he said.