Entertainment - Featured - Uncategorized - December 24, 2020

Musicians resuscitate hope for people living with disabilities

By Amanada Jojo

Endless Possibilities, a non-profit organization of a band of musicians released a charity track aiming to bring cheer to people living with disabilities.

Gospel sensation Tembalami headlined the group together with Jonah Chivasa, Anita Jaxson, Poptain, Ishan, Soul Bone, and Malcomm T and Munyaradzi Munodawafa collaborated on the charity titled “Lean on me.”

The musicians did a cover song of the classic “Lean on me” originally written and recorded by American singer, Bill Withers in 1972.

In an interview with BusinessMail, founder of Endless Possibilities Edmore Masendeke said the organization approached Tembalami with the idea of recording a song with artists living with disabilities and other able-bodied artists for a charity cause since people living with disabilities were being overlooked in COVID-19 relief programs.

“We decided to celebrate our diversity as people and reach out to those who need our help, one of the ways which we have done this is through music.

“We have seen so many musicians, communities, churches and other groups doing so many covers hit songs especially Kari Jobe’s The Blessing, for different causes, while there have been many cover songs, only a few of them involved artistes living with disabilities,” Masendeke said.

The song reminds people that people living with disabilities and able-bodied people are part of the same society and there is a need to reveal this diversity.

“We are so excited to announce that we as a group of artists came together with Endless Possibilities and said we want to make a contribution to people living with disabilities by making a difference to them this Christmas,” Tembalami said.

Nyasha N’onzwe programs coordinator added that the COVID-19 induced lockdown prompted the launch of the initiative as a way to mobilize funds towards sustaining the livelihoods of people living with disabilities since most of them depend on informal trading which was affected by the lockdown.

“During the lockdown period, we had stopped programs like the accessible housing and capacity building lockdown exposed the beneficiaries to poverty because of the disrupted source of livelihoods.”

“We appreciate the artists that came through for the fundraising and the fact that the song was well balanced with musicians with different abilities and impairments including the sign language,” N’onzwe said.

The organization is hoping for continuity of the campaign since there have no fixed donors in that regard they will donate the proceeds of the campaign in phases.

Traditionally, Endless Possibilities which has been running for a decade does a fundraising dinner every December but, because of the pandemic, they could not do it hence the launch of the charity song.

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