Zim Legends who made an impact in the growth of the arts industry in the country have been honoured by Theatre Park. The creatives honoured include both living and deceased.
They have been honoured by having their portraits painted on the Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame was unveiled during the three day International Festival which was held at Harare Gardens last week.
The honoured artists include the late Kenyan-Zimbabwean playwright Ngugi wa Mirii, musician Chiwoniso Maraire, comedian Simon “Mutirowafanza” Shumba, Walter Muparutsa, Pretty Xaba and Bart Wolffe. Paintings were done by Nyasha Jeche and Marcus Zvinavashe who also recently did the Tuku Mural in Highfield.
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Theatre in the Park Director David Guzha said:
“This wall is dedicated to any theatre person who has made a difference in the industry. It’s a Wall of Fame. If you’re passionate about theatre, this wall is for you. We have theatre gurus in Masvingo, Kwekwe and Bindura, among other towns around the country. Bring forward their names.
“We also felt the need to recognise those that are still with us. These (Mhlanga and Chifunyise) gentlemen have made significant contributions to theatre in Zimbabwe”
Chiwoniso Maraire was a Zimbabwean singer, songwriter, and exponent of Zimbabwean mbira music. She was the daughter of Zimbabwean mbira Master and teacher Dumisani Maraire a former officer in the Zimbabwe Ministry of Sports and Culture in the early 1980s. Read More About Chiwoniso Maraire
Walter Mupurutsa was a renowned actor, theatre guru, playwright, producer, director and a consultant. He rose to fame in the early 1980s when he won the Best Actor's award in the National Winter festival as well as for the film Platform Four. Read More About Walter Muparutsa