By Showbiz Writer
It has always been a sorry site to come across Lawrence Simbarashe all rugged and seemingly battling a mental breakdown on the streets.
would shudder to think this was the character back in the day that ruled the small screen when TV was the lifetime dream for any arts practitioner in Zimbabwe.
He had been reduced to a charity case living at the mercy of well=wishers as his world crumbled aided by a failing family support system where his children were alleged to be neglecting their ailing father as a way of punishing him for his misdeeds.
According to press reports, the misdeeds included maltreatment of his wife and family.
But in what could soon be classified as a classic comeback case, the man popularly known as Mudhara Bonzo is making a return and will be launching a DVD titled The return of Timmy naBhonzo on November 4 at Theatre in the Park.
According to publicist Robert Tapfumaneyi, the project was inspired by the fact that “Mudhara Bonzo should not be a charity case”.
“Mudhara Bonzo should not be a charity case when he is still able to use his talent for a living.
Therefore we hope that after the launch of his latest DVD, his fans will buy the original one and that he will be able to make a living,” he said.
“And I can assure his fans who followed his TV series that Mudhara Bonzo like wine has produced a must watch DVD. We hope after the launch Mudhara Bonzo, with the assistance of vendors that we are engaging for a direct contact with the market, will sell his work and he put food on his table.”
Tapfumaneyi said the launch will give way to more work that is already being shot to ensure continuity.
“We would like to thank Rooftoop Promotions for allowing us to use their venue Theater in The Park. That’s the spirit we want in the arts industry because if it’s not us who then will help as you have seen arts in Zimbabwean is being pushed by individuals like Daves Guzha and others. So artistes come and pay the entry fee and support Mudhara Bonzo,” he said.