Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

CONTEMPORARY musician Jah Prayzah’s much anticipated Kwekwe show slated for tonight at King Solomon’s Lifestyle Cafe will go ahead despite threats of a machete bloodbath. ...

RENOWNED sungura musician and Ngwenya Brothers frontman Tedious Matsito died on Wednesday night at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals after suffering a third stroke in three years, NewsDay has heard. ...

BULAWAYO imbube groups say they have been left poorer after the death of Alec Ncube, who was a key member of the globe-trotting imbube outfit, Black Umfolosi. ...

MASHONALAND East police have launched an investigation into the death of a top Marondera wheelspinner, Edmore “DJ Ninja” Chikonzo, who died on Tuesday morning at his girlfriend’s lodgings in Cherutombo high-density suburb. ...

LOCAL artistes based across the Limpopo will be honoured at the inaugural Ezakithi Arts Awards at the Hillbrow Theatre in Johannesburg on May 4. ...

THE Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) has suspended two senior managers after they engaged Chimurenga music icon Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo to perform the company’s jingles after the musician allegedly passed derogatory comments about President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Agriculture minister Perrance Shiri. ...

SONGBIRD Selmor Mutukudzi yesterday said her late father, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, left a big void in the music industry that she was unable to fill, given the music superstar’s iconic status, adding she would play her role in keeping his music legacy alive. ...

NATIONAL Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) chief curator, Raphael Chikukwa (pictured), has revealed the gallery’s interest to open a branch in Victoria Falls and described the resort town as very strategic. ...

Tariro Dorcas Matibiri (TM) is an intellectual property consultant, lawyer, author and co-founder of teamSpiration. She is currently based in Doha, Qatar. She speaks to NewsDay Features & Lifestyle editor Phillip Chidavaenzi (ND) on issues around writing and intellectual property. ...

ZIMBABWE International Book Fair (ZIBF) interim chairman Jasper Maenzanise yesterday said this year’s edition of the book fete will present stakeholders an opportunity to celebrate the milestone achieved in the book industry despite a plethora of challenges it faced. ...

MUSICIAN and Red Cross humanitarian ambassador Alick Macheso yesterday castigated people accused of stealing food aid meant for survivors of Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani and parts of Masvingo. ...

A church type from the countryside sneaks out of Zupco, his place in life disagreeably summarised by the catapult around his neck and the apostolic badge on his lapel. He looks around as if flustered by city lights and is soon blown away by an uptown sweetheart called Mebo who chooses him over her unimpressed digital-vixen friends. ...

UPCOMING dancehall chanter and Yapwe Nutrition and Wellness Foundation brand ambassador Happymore “Sturdyman” Kamundaranga yesterday said his decision to venture into music was inspired by a prophetic calling he had in 2010. ...

TOP Marondera wheelspinner Edmore “DJ Ninja” Chikonzo was found dead at his girlfriend’s house in Cherutombo high-density suburb yesterday morning. ...

FOR Afro-fusion musician Ammi Jamanda, just sharing the stage with Chimurenga music legend Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo — who recently flew back to his United States base after a national tour that began last year — would have been good enough. ...

THE National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in Bulawayo will tomorrow host a group exhibition by lecturers and students from Great Zimbabwe University’s Robert Mugabe School of Education and the Culture Department’s Technical Education, Art and Design section. ...

SUNGURA artiste Simon Mutambi is set to feature top-rated musician Alick Macheso in his forthcoming album, Hazvipere Mushe, set for release next month. ...

Zimbabwe’s finest producers Temptation ‘T Man’ Chirenje and Prince ‘Oskid’ Tapfuma have released the much awaited project dubbed Helmet rhythms. ...

THE late music icon and national hero Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi continues to be honoured, with the United States and Canadian volunteer surgical team under the banner Operation of Hope dedicating its upcoming mission to him. ...

BULAWAYO fashion designer Oscar Ncube is proving his prowess as he continues to make his mark in South Africa, occasionally featuring on satellite broadcaster DSTV’s Fox Life programmes. ...

DRUMS of Peace (DoP) — Bambelela and Langelitsha — last week booked their tickets for the Geraldine Roche Drama Competition 2019 finals to be held under the theme Art for a Living, which is set for April 12 at the Bulawayo Theatre. ...

Dambudzo Marerechera’s writings may have been known to be recollections of life through the lens of a man not in tandem with a sanitised existence and nothing else, but a reading of selected pieces; Night on my Harmonica and The Sound of Snapping Wires in one of his posthumously published collections, The Black Insider, stand as evidence of art serving an ignored purpose in today’s society. ...

RISING Beitbridge gospel singer Tinashe Lunga has realised his music dream following the release of his debut eight-track album, Mbiri Kunashe produced by Ngoni Gwasira at his Ngodza Gee Studios in Harare. ...

CHIPAWO recently held a two-day workshop in Harare which was graced by theatre industry experts to commemorate the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People (WTD) and World Puppetry, respectively. ...

AWARD-WINNING author and journalist Stanley Mushava (pictured) has released his second poetry collection — Rhyme and Resistance — which betrays his deep love for music. ...

BULAWAYO-BASED songbird, Mimie Tarukwana, who was among 10 Zimbabweans that benefitted from Nigerian music superstar Mr Eazi’s eMpawa 100 Project launched last year, said her video under the programme will be released next month. ...

EXTRA Kwazvose frontman Francis “Franco Slomo” Dhaka (pictured) has refuted claims that he did not see eye to eye with his former boss Alick Macheso after many of his songs have been interpreted as jibes targeted at the latter. ...

RENOWNED filmmaker Marc Mandisoul (pictured) has expressed satisfaction over the invitation to screen his State of Malambia film at the 17th edition of the annual Cannes Festival from May 14 to 25. ...

LOCAL gospel artistes have joined hands to raise funds in support of the national efforts to alleviate the suffering of people affected by Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani, Chipinge and parts of Masvingo through a concert set for tomorrow at Harare City Sports Centre. ...

AWARD-WINNING rapper Tinashe “Ti Gonzi” Gonzara is battling for life in a Harare hospital following an attack by robbers on Tuesday evening. ...