Visually-impaired artiste Tafi Dube (51) is set to perform for a larger audience online for the first time in his life as he will be headlining the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards’ conscious citizenship strategy concert.
The gig will be aired live on 28 August from 8.30pm till late on Roil BAA’s Facebook page with Dube sharing the stage with Prudence Mabhena, Cool Crooners, DJs Eugy and Liz.
Famously known as Bulawayo’s Don Williams, courtesy of performing cover songs of the late Country music legend, and speaking from his famed performance base outside Pioneer House, Dube revealed that it was a great honour to perform at the concert.
“I have been praying to God that he sees my efforts and finally I have been chosen to spread peace and love to the world through music,” said Dube.
Lately, the Covid-19 pandemic affected Dube so heavily to the extent that he couldn’t fend for himself.
The lack of basic needs at his home has made him face the pandemic head-on as he bravely moved out of the comfort zone and came back to town at his unsafe performance base.
This affords Dube a chance to fend for his family through street performance where he gets money to buy food for his family from passersby.
“I don’t want to lie to you, things were difficult before this catastrophe. When it came here things went from bad to worse, the restrictions by the Government through lockdown rules to regulate people from entering town affected me so much.
“Things are getting worse but I decided to go back to the streets because that is the only way that can give me money to take care of my family,” said Dube.
As the online gig will be a mixture of the old and new artistes of different calibres, another performer DJ Liz who always admired Dube’s music from a young age, revealed that it was a blessing to be performing alongside the city’s Don Williams.
“I saw Tafi Dube performing at Pioneer House when I was very young and he is one legend who has stayed true and honest to the streets and people of Bulawayo through his music. It is an honour to finally perform alongside him. Fans should expect fireworks at the concert,” said DJ Liz.
United Refineries’ chief executive Busisa Moyo is expected to give a speech at the concert.