From a tender age he has had a love for the Arts and with that passion he has never looked back, but has continued to perfect his art to were he is today.
The Award winning and talented dancer who is a man who is endorsed with so many talents with his greatest passion and Love of sharing his knowledge of the art to young School Kids. As he believes the future is with the young kids.
We Managed to have a one on one with Award winning Dancer and percussionist Mehluli “Gomez” Dube who is better known as Gomez in the Art Scene.
In Brief Tell Us About Yourself and Your Work?
My name is Mehluli Dube my stage name is “Gomez “ I got that nickname from a guy I mate in Spain in 2011 when he couldnt pronounce Hluli for Mehluli. I’m an artist at Umkhathi Theatre Works.
I also do team building workshops as a Facilitator with different institutions and am also a trainer at Grassroots Soccer.
I’m a percussionist and have played for different groups and Artiste Roots Band, One Stand Band, X mile , Qeqeshiwe, iTribe to mention just a few and I’ve also performed with Jeys Marabini.
How Did It All Start?
It all started in my hood as I grew up near a youth centre (Isiziba Youth Centre) where a lot of activities concerning Theatre arts happenned so I got interest on joining one of the groups.
I got inspired by 2 groups one was doing theatre and the other one was a traditional dance group (Phakama) and (African Awareness).
I started professional performing Arts in 2002 with a group called Rays of Hope it was a group of kids aged 7 to 12 years and was popular on TV programmes like Star Kids and we also did a jingle for Silver jubilee Celebrations and I performed at HIFA at the age if 12.
Who Inspires you?
Othnell Mangoma Moyo is my inspiration I really want to use his path
What are your words to young people who want to be like you?
All I can say is to value Theatre Arts as a profession and respect all the performers ,the situation is so far not stable concerning the Art Industry as we all know the situation in The country is still on process of rebuilding.
2015 Dance National Team Captain at Milano Expo in Italy. He is also a Choreographer and Dancer at Umkhathi Theatre Works.
Dance teacher and instructor for Primary school Kids dominantly in Mat south, Bulawayo and Mat North Provinces with my experience and mentorship propelling schools I tought to excellence at the Jikinya National Dance Competition.
Name : Mehluli Dube
Nick Name : Gomez
Current Group: Umkhathi Theatre Works
Awards: 2016 NAMA Award Winner Outstanding Dancer
Other Notable Achievements…
2014 NAMA Best Dancer nominee. –
Toured with Umkhathi to USA
Regional Performer in Botswana, Zambia and RSA Festivals.
Lead Dancer in the opening and closing of Region 5 Games Zim,
UNWTO Expo Lead Dancer in Zimbabwe and Zambia.