by CHIEDZA MUTYAVAVIRI
CHIREDZI, (Lowveld Post) – UNDETTERED by rampant piracy and lack or financial reward, Chiredzi entertainment house, Dziva neHova Productions is determined to make a lasting impression in the industry.
It has attained a breakthrough towards success by producing a drama of the same name, which is aired on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) television platform.
In addition to the production, the company has produced 18 dramas so far.
These include “Wicked Brother”, “Musha Mukadzi 1 and 2”, “Dangerous Guy”, “Upside Down”, “Nguva Ndeya Mwari”, “Family of Strangers” and “Anita 1 and 2”. These are on discs.
“When we look at our arts journey from 2011 to 2019, we have made progress and we are happy with our work,” said producer of Dziva neHova, Munyaradzi Nyati.
He founded the organisation with Frank Makoho and the late Tope Mukwena.
Makoho said passion encouraged them to continue producing more projects, despite lack of financial returns. Lack of sponsorship increases the financial burden.
“When you have the talent and passion for drama, you are not de-motivated by the fact that you are not making money. The passion that we have is enough to keep us going.”
Other team members are Moreblessing Manyunga, Castinah Masendeke, Todias Matindike, Ennie Musinda, Quiniso Mtunzana, Costain Shamu and Laston Tshuma.
“We are a family and everyone is important. The cast is as important as a producer or the director so we listen to each other and consider different suggestions from each member,” said Makoho.
Tshuma, speaking during the same interview, outlined some problems they face during and after production.
Lack of equipment is among those.
The group sometimes borrows from individuals.
Piracy is not sparing the arts group either.
“By the time we go to different places to sell our dramas, people would already have them,” Tshuma said.
There is also lack of support among members of the public who look down upon the arts industry.
Nyati remains hopeful having one of their productions aired on national TV would garner the group more popularity.
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