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Sakubva woman, makes breakthrough at 53

by Farai Shawn Matiashe
28 May 2017 at 08:45hrs | Views
A scene showing Mai Shabba in Cassanova - a Zimbabwean short film
MUTARE - As other most people's dreams come true at a tender age, Mai Shabba from Sakubva, her dreams finally came true at 53 when she recently appears in Cassanova-a short film.

Catherine Matsikure, who is well known by her acting name Mai Shabba, played the role of Amai in Cassanova.

This Zimbabwean short film is set in Muchena in Sakubva and it brings to light the issues of early and unplanned marriages.

Mai Shabba, an actress who is also a mother of two said she felt very happy when the producers of Cassanova considered her to play the role of Amai.

"I was overwhelmed when the producers of Cassanova approached me and gave me an opportunity to play the character Amai and I accepted," said Mai Shabba.

In a separate interview with Pungwe News Entertainment, Cassanova producer Kamo Phuti said Mai Shabba did not audition for her role, she just read the script and did her part in one take. This shows talent in the actress.

Matsikure was born in Devure in Birchnough and she began to do live drama performance in 1976 when she was in primary level.

"I started acting in 1976 when I was in primary at Devure Primary in home area. I used to perform plays at school gatherings and competitions.

"I then moved to Chitungwiza in Harare where I continued to do live performance at Seke High 1," said Mai Shabba.

Matsikure, who is inspired locally by popular Mukadota and Katarina and internationally by Patience Ozokwor, after school she took acting to a higher level and started to perform drama in theatres in Chitungwiza and Mbare.

Nonetheless, she never appeared in a film.

Her dreams were halted when she got married to her late husband Peacemaker Vuso who did not want her to persue her dreams of acting saying it's immoral.

"It all vanished when I got married to my husband. He believed acting is associated with instincts so he did not want me to act," said Matsikure.

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