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Dumisani “Ramadu” MoyoThe story of Ramadu shows that the birth of an artist is not an easy task, but it requires dedication and preparedness to fight against all odds and stumbling blocks.
It is wise not to divert focus by focusing on bygones, the hustles that Ramadu went through as he sang his way to stardom. Whereas for others it is charity that begins at home, for Ramadu it is stardom. Ramadu’s musical and artistic skills were first recognized in his family when during his primary school days, he would entertain his uncle and other family members with breathtaking half hour performances, usually in return for sweets or an extra piece of meat during dinner. It is then that Ramadu realized there was more than singing for a piece of meat and a few cents, thus discovering his bond to the traditional music and dance of his culture.
At the tender age of 12 he found himself singing in the school choir at Mzilikazi Primary School, where he began his education. Teachers and pupils were all unanimous that a great artist was in emerging in the young Ramadu, who had defied age to become one of the key members of the school choir.
Ramadu’s success story will be incomplete without mentioning celebrated "Kalanga” singer and dancer Mr. Malaba, who used to visit schools around Bulawayo, conducting music and dance lessons. Mr Malaba’s vision was for the youths to revive their culture through dance and song. This amplified Ramadu’s artistic instincts, widening the gleam of light that had already begun to shine in him.
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