It is always heartwarming to come across people that are passionate about their trade. These are the people that bring about real change within their communities. I came across this kind of passion embodied in the form of a band, the Kweseka band.
Having been asked what Kweseka means, Nicholas Marco the founder of the band had this to say: “The name Kweseka means ‘drifting ahead’ and its’ purpose is to showcase the rich and vibrant African Experience”.
The band was founded in 2014 and is made up some of the many talented youth of Victoria Falls town. Marco’s vision was to do his part in putting idle talent within Victoria Falls to use, instead of wasting away. He strongly believes in responsible management and so he taught members of the band how to make crafts using refuse materials such as bottle tops and plastic bottles. The crafts were sold and with the aid of Environment Africa, the proceeds from the sales were used to buy instruments for the band.
Since its’ inception, the band has performed in the United Kingdom Kent Dance Festival, Malaysia Dance Festival, Zambia Livingstone Dance Festival, Botswana Kasane Dance Festival, Alliance Francais, Victoria Falls Carnival, the United Nations Women’s Intengwe Community Development Programme amongst other events.
On the 9th September, Kweseka band won the “Chibuku Road To Fame Regional Competition” that was held in Hwange. They are off to Harare for the national competition that will be held on the 30th September. The band has also been invited to perform in Harare by the Music Crossroads Academy on the same day. Nicholas Marco expressed his wish to record an album so that Kweseka’s music is more accessible to the world.
Those interested in aiding Kweseka’s cause may contact the founder Nicholas Marco on +263 713 914 700.