Disability is not inability-The Story of Macho Man

It’s hard to explain what music does. Even those who aren’t constantly surrounded by chords and choruses can’t help but feel a need to groove when a catchy tune comes on.

Too often, musicians with disabilities find it hard to make it mainstream because of so many bottlenecks and deprivation of opportunities.

However, for Lee Chitsinge from Manicaland, who has a disability, the prospect of being a professional seemed too farfetched.

He thought he would not live to be behind the mic and churn out tune after tune. That was before SAYWHAT under the CHASE competition knocked on his doors.

Macho Man Tingz, as he is popularly known as, entered the competition and won the music category.

Now he gets a chance to record with some of the country’s best artists, should he win this Saturday in the national competitions, dubbed The CRAFT.

His social commentary makes him one of the best candidates to walk away the winner.

But he will have to face stiff competition from some of his competitors.

The beauty of music is that it makes you feel without thinking, often triggering an emotional response before our brains kick in.

A tune starts and we inadvertently find ourselves nodding our heads and tapping our feet.

Music can stir up feelings of joy, euphoria, anger, grief, sadness — it has that effect on people.

From tribal beats to house anthems, EDM to classical arias, music videos to operatic performances, it’s a universal language that we speak all around the world.

Yet despite all these lowered barriers to entry, pursuing music as a career in Zimbabwe seems a pipe dream.

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