The Sunday Mail
In mainstream showbiz, Collen Timeo is not a popular name, but among his Buja people of Mutoko in Mashonaland East, he is a household name.
To his kinsmen, Timeo is a game changer and an influencer who takes great pride in helping the less privileged.
As leader of the Timz Creative Arts Group, specialising in poetry, sungura and gospel music, Timeo is using his talent differently.
The Mapombo Primary School former student is conducting shows in his province’s rural areas and channelling proceeds towards the payment of school fees for less privileged children.
Over 60 secondary and primary school students are benefiting from the artiste’s generosity.
“We are paying school fees for 30 students at Mapombo Primary School, while the other 30 are in secondary school. Our aim is to increase the number to 100,” Timeo said.
“Beneficiaries are those that come from underprivileged families. We also help orphans.”
The group’s first charity show was held in July this year.
Speaking on the sidelines of the second show, which was meant to source funds for the third term fees, Mapombo Primary School Headmaster, Mr Chokumanyara, said he appreciates what Timeo is doing for the community.
“The money from the shows is channelled towards school fees. Students really enjoy the shows.
“This is helping in uplifting the communities. Students are also appreciating the fact that one can earn a living through music,” said Mr Chokumanyara.
At the recently held Mapombo Schools Charity Show, the Mudzi community enjoyed the electric performances by Timeo’s H and E Sungura Vibes.
Students were also given the opportunity to showcase their talents on stage.
Delma Printers, Bachelors Republic and Nelloc Oemit Business Consultancy are some of the companies sponsoring the fundraising shows.
So far, Timeo has recorded two gospel albums and a single sungura track titled ‘Gonyera Pamwe’.