Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

AFTER an electric live showcase two weeks ago, versatile hip-hop artiste, Takura, took to his Twitter account to rant about some backstage politics he claimed were meant to frustrate his stage brilliance. ...

TOP Bulawayo Afro-jazz musician Jeys Marabini (pictured) has roped in seasoned drummer Sam Mataure to provide an extra cutting edge to his ninth album launch scheduled for Friday night at Bulawayo Theatre. ...

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD Beitbridge model Amanda Makati has broken into the big league and will be one of the 55 models taking part in the Harare Fashion week which begins in Harare today. ...

UPCOMING gospel artiste Takudzwa Mutukwa, popularly known in the music circles as TakuPraise, may have finally struck the right chords on his collaborative single with contemporary musician Andy Muridzo titled Tinomuponda Satan. ...

BULAWAYO fast-rising rapper Asaph is ecstatic after taking his act to Unplugged Zimbabwe and sharing the stage with multi-award winning South African’s Shekinah who headlined the show. ...

THE Gospel Divas show held in the United Kingdom on Saturday brought together Zimbabwean female gospel musicians in a development which saw them resolving to work together during future shows. ...

Survivors Cafe offers a different kind of poetry informed by intricate philosophy on a dysfunctional post-colonial society, extending to an outer world that has not escaped the moral rot spreading its tentacles across the globe. It further extends to other matters of interest like music, religion and love. ...

PLAYwRIGHT and actor Tafadzwa Bob Mutumbi has said the trauma suffered by past generations of a family often resurfaces to haunt their children as it has not been effectively dealt with. ...

A WOMEN’S group raising a participatory generation of women, Go Getter Movement – Thrive As You, has promised a bigger and better second edition pencilled for September 1 at a Harare hotel. ...

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s wife, Marry, who is the Miss World Zimbabwe licence holder, says the country’s flagship beauty contest Miss World Zimbabwe (MWZ) should be a scandal-free pageant, where the queen is identified on merit and crowned on professional grounds. ...

TWENTY-ONE year old author Ashly Zhou has penned a book titled Africa, Meet the Prime Minister, which is a documentation of events that have taken place in Africa that have made the continent remain in abject poverty. ...

DENDERA ace Sulumani Chimbetu has promised fireworks when he performs at the Clash of the Giants concert that will feature Crème de la crème of Zimbabwean musicians courtesy of 2Kings Entertainment and Sound Blaze Productions on September 1 at Alex Sports Club in Harare. ...

SOME music fans who attended the monthly blanket and wine style music concert, Unplugged, felt shortchanged by the headlining act, South Africa’s R&B and pop singer Shekhinah Thandi Donnell after her 40-minute performance at ZB Sports Club in Harare on Saturday. ...

THE local showbiz has seen several celebrities spreading their wings to launch a range of fashion and beauty products as they seek to strengthen their brands. ...

LOCAL jazz songbird Vera Chisvo will this weekend raise the country’s flag high at the annual Twins Without Borders Festival, which began on Tuesday and will run until August 26 in Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). ...

REVELLERS keen to attend the Springs Feelings Jazz and Soul Dinner concert headlined by music superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi and featuring South Africa’s Sibonginkosi “Mr Prince” Tshabalala, Bekezela Nkomo and Nigerian saxophonist Olasax will have to part with $120 for the VVIP section. ...

AFTER staging a lukewarm debut one-man comedy show at Bulawayo Theatre at the weekend, award-winning jester Mandla da Comedian says he is unfazed by the response but was looking forward to upping his game in his forthcoming shows. ...

AFRO-Jazz musician Josh Meck will tonight celebrate his birthday in style with a live DVD recording at Theatre in the Park in Harare. ...

POPULAR gospel music diva Olinda Marowa-Ziweni says she is over the moon after an international door finally opened in her blossoming career before she flew out of the country on her maiden trip to the United Kingdom for the Gospel Divas Concert set for Saturday in Leicester, the United Kingdom. ...

THIRTY performers from Jibilika Dance Trust will for the first time participate in a two-day battle with Zambia’s finest dancers at a competition hosted by Street Culture Festival which begins today in Lusaka, Zambia. ...

FIFTEEN models drawn from Harare and Kwekwe will tomorrow showcase their magnificent looks and intelligence on the ramp, as they catwalk for charity at the Miss Harare-Kwekwe pageant to be held under the theme Modelling Against the Cry of an Orphan at Longcheng Plaza in Harare. ...

PHEZULU Safaris founder and director, Lipian Bongani Mtandabari (24) has been nominated for the inaugural Pan-African Tourism Leadership Awards. ...

SAVANNA Trust director and theatre guru Daniel Maposa is in Switzerland on a one-month visiting residency that commenced yesterday and will run until September 16 in Zurich and Base, where he will be networking with arts organisations and festival organisers. ...

TOP local music promoters 2Kings Entertainment and Sound Blaze Productions have joined hands for a potentially explosive concert themed Clash of the Giants featuring celebrated artistes across genres on September 1 at Alex Sports Club in Harare. ...

TOP music producer and artiste Macdonald “MacDee” Chidavaenzi is one of the country’s diverse and most sought-after figures in the music industry. NewsDay Life & Style reporter Winstone Antonio (ND) caught up with MacDee (MC), who has produced albums and singles for both seasoned and upcoming artistes at his Eternity Productions studios in Avondale, Harare and spoke about music producing and other related issues. ...

THE Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) on Tuesday announced that they had reached an agreement with government to make the Zimbabwe Peace Festival an annual event. ...

IN the music industry there are cheerleaders — those people who are known to always be near the stage, and are always sure to attend every show, and with some drama, exhibit their love for a particular artiste. ...

CELEBRATED gospel musician Stanley “Pastor G” Gwanzura is on the verge of writing another piece of history in his artistic career as he is set to launch his semi-autobiography — Indestructible: Lessons of life and Music from My Journey —on September 29 at 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale, Harare. ...

DENDERA musician Sulumani Chimbetu could be heading back to the United Kingdom soon after impressing promoter Jan-Paul Weaper with his top drawer performance at this year’s Zim Fest held at Kempton Park in Surrey on August 11. ...

BAMBANANI Arts Ensemble shrugged of stiff competition landing the top gong at the Ingwebu Cultural Dance Festival, beating seven other contestants at Manor Hotel in Bulawayo at the weekend. ...