Prudence Mabhena

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Prudence Mabhena
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Background information
Born (1986-02-23) 23 February 1986 (age 31)
Genres Afro-Fusion
Occupation(s) Singer

Prudence Mabhena is an award-winning Zimbabwean singer. Prudence Mabhena was born with Arthrogryposis, and was severely disabled. The society she was born into considers disabilities to carry the taint of witchcraft.[1] Because of this, she abandoned by her family. As a result she was raised by her maternal grandmother who sang to her while working on her farm. She later attended King George VI School for the disabled in Harare.[2][3]

Musical career[edit]

While at school she discovered a love for music and performing, and founded the band Liyana with seven other disabled students and was made up of:

The band tried to overcome stereotypes and inspire the same people that once saw them as a curse. Her story was later turned into the film Music by Prudence, which went on to the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) at the 82nd Academy Awards.[4]

Music by Prudence also won:

  • the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the Florida Film Festival
  • Best Short at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival
  • Best Short at the DocuWest Film Festival.