Carole Nyakudya, a gospel musician based in the United Kingdom, will embark on a “Keep On” Sadc Tour to spread awareness of mental health through her music.
The April Tour is the theme of her Keep On single released last month in a bid to encourage Zimbabweans to hold on despite the daily challenges they face.
Nyakudya, who was nominated for Best Gospel Album at the National Art Merit Award in 2005, has been in the music industry for the past 15 years. She has also been practicing as a mental health practitioner for the last 20 years.
The tour will start in South Africa (Pretoria and Johannesburg) before moving to Botswana (Francistown and Gaborone) and finally to Zimbabwe (Bulawayo and Harare) and should hopefully reach 2 000 people.
Nyakudya, who has Muimbire and Ane hanya neni, as some of her hit songs have said: “I released the Keep On single on December 1 last year and the idea was to encourage Zimbabweans to hold on to the challenges they face. As a follow-up, I’d love to use my mental health knowledge gathered over the last 20 years to spread the word about the importance of one’s emotional well-being in Sadc. “In addition to her mental health practice in the United Kingdom, she also runs the Lorac Health Foundation, which will fund the upcoming tour. Nyakudya said that she wants to raise awareness of the scourge of mental health in Southern Africa.
“The Keep On Sadc Tour aims to increase awareness of mental health and suicide and to eradicate the stigma of mental illness in Southern Africa. It is my intention to inspire and open a conversation with, in particular, those who might otherwise feel alone, “Nyakudya said. In the past, there have been cases of artists who have ended their lives because of depression and other forms of mental illness. People like rapper HHP committed suicide in 2018, his fourth attempt after three in 2015. In a 2016 interview, HHP announced that he had been dealing with depression due to his vacillating career.
Nyakudya has three albums under her name, This Is Now (2005), All For You (2008) and Dwelling Place (2015).