Soweto slum youths Living a dream curved from a machete

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By Annette Amondi

Deep in the streets of Soweto a group of four young men are slowing scaling the ladder to realize their dream.

The four, Pascal Charo, Cosmas Nzingu, Harrison Mungai and Zacharia Maacharia make up the acrobatic dance group machete.

Machete was founded by Zacharia Macharia who is a former street kid back in 2015.

Macharia used to train his fellow street kids the art of acrobatics but many fell out of his group after realizing they were not making money but instead entertaining passersby for free.

“On the streets there were so many challenges, no food, being chased by police everyday so I decided to occasionally make myself busy through acrobatics because it is something I have loved since childhood.” Aid Macharia

Macharia soon took up odd jobs and hustled his way out of the streets renting a small space in Kibera’s Soweto area.

Soon he made friends with Cosmas who introduced him to the other three giving rise to machete acrobats as they have come to be known.

The group say the biggest event they have ever featured in was a performance at Sunflower school Kiamaiko.

They have also featured in Maji Maji and Kobole’s upcoming video which will drop on 1st of September.

“We are really excited about this video and hopeful that it will help us realize part of our dream to grow. Machete wants to rise and hopefully this is the beginning of our journey.” Added Macharia

Speaking to Ghetto Radio the group says their talent has helped them stay away from crime as all their time is taken up with practice.

“The youth need to realize their talents and stay commit ed to it because it will bring them blessing. Hard work is also key to growth.” Says  Harrison Mungai

Machete hopes to one day open ‘Machete Talent Academy’ to help young guys realize their dreams.

Machete has struggled to scale their ladder saying one of their biggest challenge has always been uniforms which has cost them so many gigs.

Lower Savanna MCA Nicholas Okumu among other well wishers have pledged to buy them uniforms and instruments.

One can reach them through the mobile number 0704874914.

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