…promoter donates US$100 to gospel diva
Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
LOCAL entrepreneur and registered music promoter, MacDonald Kachingwe, is upbeat gospel diva Amanda Sagonda will rise again.
The 40-year-old queen of “praise and worship” grabbed headlines early this week when H-Metro exclusively revealed that she was struggling to make ends meet and was now into vegetable vending.
Amanda, who was once living large along with her estranged husband Request Machimbira, said she had never imagined herself eking out a living through vending.
She however accepts her predicament and she is still hopeful to recharge her vocal batteries.
Following her appeal for assistance, many have been enquiring about Amanda’s whereabouts and yesterday Kachingwe decided to visit the diva at her Avonlea vending stall by the roadside.
Not only did Kachingwe, who runs Macten Promotions and Macten Investments paid her a visit, he also donated US$100 to the diva to ensure she boosts her stocks.
Amanda was at a loss for words as she received the US$100 note from Kachingwe who was touched by the plight of the songbird.
“May God bless you for remembering me, I don’t want to say much because I might end up crying,” she said.
Amanda hailed H-Metro saying the story has since opened new doors in her life.
“I’m now a celebrity once again,” joked Amanda, as she narrated her ordeal.
“I would like to thank H-Metro for highlighting my situation because I have managed to receive help even though I was uncomfortable to open up.
“I had never met this man (Mr Kachingwe) before and it is through God’s grace that he is here helping a poor soul.
“May the Lord bless him and all the people who came to see me here.”
Amanda, who was reportedly working for a fellow vendor as an assistant, said she was looking forward towards boosting her stocks.
“I used to assist a fellow vendor in packing her stocks and I was only paid back through part of the stock you see here on my stall.
“The major challenge for me was that I was struggling to raise my own stock and I hope I will be able to do better with this support I got from Mr Kachingwe,” she said.
In another interview, Kachingwe said it was high time fellow music promoters and arts regulatory associations step up and assist struggling artistes.
“As a registered promoter who is doing other businesses, I decided to come here and show Amanda that we are fully behind her and that we will do our best for her to rise again.
“I’m confident she will rise again if we give her all the support she needs at the moment rather that laughing at her or calling her all sorts of names.
“She is among the artistes that I hope to promote once lockdown is over. If lockdown continues, I pledge to promote her online along with other artistes in her similar situations.
“I have realised that in Zimbabwe we tend to forget our stars once they fall on hard times and the love should continue,” he said.
Kachingwe who is also a musician in his own right is now focused on the promotion side through Macten Promotions as well as servicing of motor vehicles through Macten Motors.