Prudence Mabhena born in 1989 is a Zimbabwean singer, songwriter and has struggled to overcome poverty and discrimination, and she has struggled to overcome poverty and discrimination. The world discovered this young lady at the 2010 Oscar ceremony when "Music by Prudence" a short film based upon her band won the Oscar for the "best short documentary film."
Music by Prudence’ tells the story of Prudence Mabhena, the lead singer of the Bulawayo band Liyana.
Zimbabwean singer songwriter Prudence Mabhena, was born severely disabled into a society where disabilities carry the taint of witchcraft; she was more likely to spend her life hidden away in a tiny hut than on a stage in the center of a city.
Her story is the story of many of the disabled kids of Africa, a story of abandonment and abuse. But Prudence and her seven young band members, all disabled, have managed to overcome stereotypes and inspire the same people that once saw them as a curse .
These are all the incredible Liyana band members:
Prudence Mabhena is Liyana’s lead singer. She also composes in a wide range of styles and many topics. While challenges with Arthrogryphosis have placed her in a wheel chair, she is an independent, assertive woman, whose voice has been likened to the great South African liberation singer, Miriam Makeba.
Tapiwa Nyengera sings back-up, plays keyboard, and is the front man. He is a passionate and eloquent voice for the contribution the disabled can make to Africa and the world. He has spina bifida.
Energy Maburutse is first marimba player and back-up vocalist and the band’s resident jokester. He has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, brittle bone syndrome.
Honest Mupatse plays tenor marimba. He has hemophilia.
Marvelous Mbulo is a back-up singer and has muscular dystrophy.
Vusani Vuma, the bass marimba player, is hearing-impaired and has spent much of his life in silence.
Goodwell Nzou, plays traditional drums and percussion and sings back-up. A snake bit him when he was 11, requiring amputation of his leg.
Farai Mabhande, lead keyboardist, is an orphan from Bulawayo, who suffers from arthogryphisis.
Liyana (the name means ‘it’s raining’ in Ndebele) grew out of an arts project at King George VI, a school and centre for children with physical disabilities, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.