While their life may seem glorious when they hit the headlines when they start off on an international trip, it seems that all the glittering ones are not gold to local tourists who often have to make the streets in order to make the results happen overseas.
Bulawayo has become known as an exporter of artists for foreign arenas where they appreciate ingenuity and industry.
Several groups have hit a path that many have followed in the composition of local artists to rich pickings, which are considered to be abundant in foreign stages.
However, the artist's doyen, Cont Mhlanga, revealed in the Sunday Life interview last week in an interview that even though the life of the touring groups might seem enchanting, this was not always the case, as most artists came up with live shows on the streets of Europe and sell their boats with a few coins slamming on very significant passersby.
According to Mhlanga, many went on a journey over the ocean to pay for little girls, something that overturned them when the age surprised them.
"Many people who say they go on a tour do not even run when they get there, most do what we call street busking, basically when they are doing the shops and passersby they throw a few coins out there, so abroad they live in the mouth. it is enough for one to live, either they are busking or they are going around in the schools to perform workshops, "said Mhlanga.
This, Mhlanga said, caused the problem that many were exposed to art for wrong reasons.
"I think we've created and sent the wrong message to the talent around the country, and we're creating the impression that going abroad is the most successful thing we did, and it seemed that leaving the country was the most important thing you brought back, no matter how long you left.
"I am one of the guilty, who created this terrible situation in international destinations, where one goes abroad, but did not go back and apply what they have learned or received there. We wanted to reveal the creative our exports in a way that benefited them, but by doing so luotiimme the impression that getting out of the machine defines success, "he said.
Passport stamps, which are regarded as a success meter, have decided to sit in their bearings waiting for the next great gig outside the country.
"Another problem that we created was that we had people who were in art, not creating content, but just going abroad, so they are waiting to go abroad all the time, and after the tour ends, they lose interest in the home. the fact that when you sit home while you wait for the next tour you do not sharpen your skills, "he said.
According to Mhlga, the time between travel had made the artist lazy when they expected the next large payroll for Europe.
However, the end of apartheid in South Africa had led to such a miserable behavior for Zimbabwean groups.
"Many artists when they went abroad said the work of South African artists because they were not at home and made their own materials that they could then bring to the public's consumption of foreigners.
"The problem is that after 1995, when apartheid had ended in South Africa, many of their groups began to rotate and push Zimbabwe's artists out, and South Africans came back and presented their culture perfectly, better than we can, so our artists had to resort to street busking, because the South African took all the premier gigs, "he said.
Instead of using the right channels for a tour abroad, most groups think Mhlanga says they used their personal relationships to get gigs abroad.
"The problem we have is that most people go to Europe through friends, when someone gets a white friend, then they are invited to the country through that friend, after all, they just go and say they're on tour when they actually work on the street, they do not even consider home.
"It's our biggest happiness, people are going through friends, and it's not durable, and it just means you do not make money." Those who went through the right structures and maybe two or three groups who did so were the most successful ", he said.
After weighing on the same subject, artist and chief Nkululeko Nkala stated that while some members of the global groups live later than Paupers, this did not mean that life on the road did not cost.
"As an example, I could use the example of football clubs, how many millions of millions of people have just broken in?" It all boils down to the individual, "he says, among artists from Siyaya, Iyasa or Imbizo, who have bought cars and houses for money.
Defeated priorities and poor financial management have caused many artists towards poverty, Nkala said.
"The problem with most artists is that when they come to Europe they think first of all what they will wear when they come home. They buy fancy clothes and phones so that they turn out to be people instead of investing in home.
"Whether you like it or not, the tour ends and you have to make sure you have something saved for the rain today, traveling is not the answer to success, there are local groups who make a lot of money but have never seen the inside of the machine," he said. Sunday News.