Praise Masvosva, Entertainment Reporter
COMEDIAN Nelson Gombakomba, who enjoys rave reviews in the United Kingdom, says he wants to be the bridge between Zimbabwe and international market.
The Mutare bred entertainer who turns 30 next month told H-Metro he wishes to change the lives of many through entertainment.
“I want to be on the same levels as Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle and Trevor Noah.
“I have been doing well here in UK but I want to have a global fan base.
“I also want to be the bridge between Zimbabwe and international market when it comes to comedy as well as entertainment.
“I am not just a comedian but also an actor and a writer as well.
“Last year, I was a finalist in a national comedy competition called the Amused Moose New Act of the year (2020),” he said.
“Recently, I was also selected to represent my province in national comedy show called BBC Upload.
“I get my inspiration from everything around me.
“My aim is to be able to entertain a global audience so I focus on universal issues and important topics that people feel strongly about.”
The former Nyanga High School student (Marist Brothers) said his best moment was in 2015 when he won the Open Mic Competition in London.
“After winning that gong, I also managed to sell out my first solo show entitled ‘Animal Lover’ which was performed in my local city of Norwich.
“Both videos are available on my YouTube channel in the ‘Greatest Hits’ playlist,” he said.
Gombakomba also said he has been following Zimbabwe’s comedy and believes the country has future in comedy.
“I have been away from home for a long period but I am following entertainment sector.
“The talent is there and we only need to commercialise it into the international market.
“I went to the same school with comedians like The Slick Pastor and Kadem the Comic.
“They are doing well there in Zimbabwe but we now need to throw the talent to the international market.
“If you can understand English, I should be able to make you laugh. It is that simple.
“My message to people practising arts in Zimbabwe is that they should always stay true to themselves.
“If you are being honest about how you see the world then people will always relate to that.”
Gombakomba who is also a paralegal by profession encourages honesty in art.
“The audience loves honesty and the best artists in the world are people that speak the truth as it is, they call a spade a spade.
“If you are true to yourself and honest about how you see the world through your art, it will attract massive audiences.
“In five years’ time I see myself doing the same thing I’m doing today but 10 times bigger.
“I see bigger paychecks, bigger plates, and a bigger family.
“Everything is slowly growing right now. Slow motion is better than no motion,” he said.