Thursday, July 29, 2010

Unsung Heroes - Mambazo Saimon Phiri

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(Did you know Esrom Nyandoro was a dancer at Siyaya Arts before he started playing football, and he has been to Europe before to dance, but failed the grade as a soccer player?)  

The profile of this genius will blow your mind, especially if you associate him with just music, dance, theatre, arts and culture. You will be amazed. Keep reading this.  

Mambazo Saimon Phiri of Siyaya Arts (www.siyaya-arts.com), comes with a rich incredible history and input in diski (football) one can never imagine. For starters, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa skipper, Ezrom Nyandoro, one of the best things to come out of Amazulu USUTHU FC of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, failed to make a grade in football at school. Mambazo Saimon Phiri, popularly known as Mbazo did not suspect one of his theatre performers would be the Ezrom Nyndoro we all know today.  

Mbazo, who is currently on tour in Europe performing his work that includes, KokobaTown, OnkeOse and as well as Zambezi Express (www.zambeziexpress.com) which he is currently promoting, even took Nyandoro to their Aberdeen Scotland tour of 1995.  This unsung hero of song, is Patron of a Division 1 Football Club in Zimbabwe called Makokoba City Warriors F.C. Patron is a humble term to say owner, though he prefers it as his social responsibility.  

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A quote from him "Football has always had a place in my heart since childhood and at one stage I had thought I would be a professional footballer." He mentored Nyandoro and Vusa Moyo among other professional footballers.  

This humble and approachable man of immense talent and passion for his job is even taking a great potential of a football star for apprenticeship overseas. "I have a young boy, nephew to Peter Ndlovu who arrived in the UK from Zimbabwe to do a few attachments with UK football academies, Prince Maphosa Mazwi."  

At Makokoba City Warriors FC, he is well supported by able members like Butho SBV Sibanda and three other ordinary guys from the ghetto. One of these men is Marko Dube (grew up koDube but is blood brother to the Ndlovus) is their team manager. I can assure you, we are not yet finished with these guys. They are coming up big time.  

Mbazo also owns, among other things,  www.sabelamusic.com and www.ibumbafestival.com and his personal website is www.mbazo.com. I am humbled and honoured to know such great individuals. They are an inspiration to me and hopefully you as well, and I can only pray that God bless their work and honour their contribution to people's everyday lives. I feel encouraged to acknowledge people like him.  

 See highlights here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxfTx5uotq4&feature=related

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