Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

FOLLOWING an outbreak of xenophobic violence in South Africa recently, Shoko Festival director Farai Munroe — popularly known as Comrade Fatso — has said this year’s edition, to be headlined by South African comedienne Celeste Ntuli, will be used as a unifying platform. ...

AFTER reading this novel, I was left reeling from the effects of 372 pages of “hi-story”, told using a voice that is humorous, nonchalant and playful, then passionate and emotive, then sermonic and persuasive — a hybridised narration that takes you by the hand into history, to gaze, cringe and laugh and get shocked and hate yourself for belonging to such a bloodied history! ...

NOBUNTU, who had targeted to raise 1 000 sanitary pads for distribution during the second edition of their Pad Bank Concert held at the National Arts Gallery in Bulawayo on Saturday, only managed to raise 410 pads and $400. ...

AFRO-POP star Ammara Brown has released a single titled Tichichema which she says was part of her fight against alcoholism and abuse following some dark childhood experiences. ...

LOCAL stand-up comedian Learnmore Mwanyenyeka, popularly known as Long John, has scooped the Pan African Comic of the Year award at the Comic Choice Awards held at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, South Africa. ...

SOUTH AFRICA-BASED gospel musician Blessing Gomo has released a tribute song titled Gushungo Vaenda in honour of the late former President Robert Mugabe who died last week, aged 95 in Singapore where he had been receiving treatment since April. ...

LOCAL singer, author and pastor with Tabernacle of Mercy Seat Ministries (TOMS) International Tinashe Ziwange has called on artistes to join hands with African leaders to speak out against the recent xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa. ...

ORGANISERS of the forthcoming two-day One Voice Inter-Denominational Concert set for October 25 to 26 at the Harare Gardens said church choirs and choir music were a higher form of worship that have, unfortunately, been limited to merely church performances. ...

RISING model Hillary Mandibaya’s star continues to shine on the ramp as she was crowned the new Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Harare metropolitan queen on Saturday night during the prestigious pageant’s provincial finals held at Spin Village, Rainbow Towers, in Harare. ...

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LOCAL filmmaker Tatenda Katsande is set to launch an online streaming channel, Igniteflix and a feature film The Extra-terrestrial at Bulawayo City Hall on September 21. ...

DENDERA musician Sulumani Chimbetu’s prowess has continued to attract attention even off stage, with him recently being appointed Shurugwi South arts brand ambassador. ...
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AWARD-WINNING author and teacher Bryony Rheam has urged parents to encourage young children to read at home in order to foster a culture of reading. ...

EMPOWERMENT Zone, a youth organisation focusing on empowerment, is calling on artists from different disciplines to submit their works so that they showcase selected talented youths on their online platforms. ...

FOLLOWING the xenophobic attacks targeted at foreigners in South Africa, organisers of the Mafikizolo’s Back in Town Concert yesterday called off the show that was scheduled for tomorrow at the Harare International Conference Centre. ...

A BEVY of models drawn from Harare Metropolitan, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East and West provinces who qualified during the Miss Tourism Zim casting segment troops into bootcamp at a local hotel today ahead of the provincial final selection set for this Saturday at Spin Village, Rainbow Towers, in Harare. ...

INTERNATIONALLY-acclaimed Zimbabwean gospel musicians Farlon Lyte Zikhali and her husband Clifford “Cliff M” Mugarisi (pictured), who are based in South Africa, will headline Christ Embassy’s Faith in Action (FIA) crusade in Gweru on Saturday. ...

Award-winning afro-jazz songstress Selmor Mtukudzi (SM) continues to consolidate her music career, especially in the wake of her father, music superstar and national hero, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s death. ...

MAFIKIZOLO’S Back in Town Concert coordinator, Blessing Jeke, yesterday said they will use the concert set for Friday night at the Harare International Conference Centre to preach the gospel of tolerance, with some of the proceeds set to be channelled towards victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. ...

THE Imbube music scene in Bulawayo will never be the same again following the release of Men of Influence’s much-awaited 10-track album, Ligeziw’ihlazo. ...
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I first got to know about Ti Gonzi when he featured on the now popular Ishan track, Kure. The first few notes of the song, marked by rumbling but steady afro-pop instrumentation, captivated me so much that I listened to the entire song. ...

ACCLAIMED afro-fusion musician Hope Masike’s new offering — Exorcism of a Spinster — has made it into the top three of the World Music Charts Europe compiled every month from the votes of leading music specialists and disc jockeys from 24 European countries. ...

MUTARE-BASED teenage music sensation Whitney Ngorima (19) has said collaborations with seasoned artistes have shaped her music career. ...

THE hegemony of thought in the literary world has remained in the hands of editors, reviewers and critics. Their personal or organisational tastes have always determined which manuscripts are accepted and adopted for publication. ...

BULAWAYO’S dazzling all-female ensemble Nobuntu is set to hold its second padbank concert dubbed Nobuntu Padbank show on Saturday at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. ...

GOSPEL musician Mathias Mhere has roped in fellow top gospel musicians — Kudakwashe Mutsvene, Olinda Marowa and Vabati VaJehovha —as a way to bring diversity and break monotony during his Hossana Pakufamba Concert scheduled for this Saturday. ...

A LOCAL film titled Weekend Special, which is centred on the lives of university students, is set to be unveiled this September, NewsDay Life & Style has learnt. ...