Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

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. ...

ETHNO soul diva Thandeka “Thandy” Dhlana yesterday said she was honoured to be the headline act at the Thandy Dhlana Acoustic Night set for August 31 in Bulawayo where upcoming artistes will get lessons on grooming and marketing. ...

FOUR aspiring models last night made an emotional exit when they were ousted from the country’s flagship beauty contest Miss World Zimbabwe (MWZ) boot camp as the pageant entered its first elimination segment in Harare. ...

AUTHOR Emmanuel Sigauke is renowned for his picture perfect presentation of poems. Forever Let Me Go is a collection built on the premise of a past, dreams and anything else that can formulate a person’s life frame. ...

YOUTHFUL author Rongarashe Masuku has penned a controversial book titled Deracialising the mind: Racism in the name of Patriotism, which seeks to unpack the source of racial and tribal discrimination that exists in the country. ...

THOUSANDS of local hip-hop fans were treated to some stage magic by top South African musician Nasty C, who put up an electric performance during his Zimbabwean debut at the Change a Life Concert held on Saturday at Wingate Golf Club in Harare. ...

NATIONAL Gallery of Zimbabwe assistant director and chief curator Raphael Chikukwa last week toured Tengenenge Art Centre and Mvurwi Art Centre to appraise sculptors on the sculpture competition recently launched by the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz). ...

AXE-wielding rhumba musician-cum-actor, Madlela Skhobokhobo, is set for his second album — Amajazana — to be launched in Gwanda on September 1. ...

BULAWAYO’s all-female ensemble Nobuntu dazzled fans with their energetic and scintillating performance during their concert dubbed Charity Concert Nobuntu Pad Bank Show held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Saturday. ...

UNITED Kingdom-based guitarist and university lecturer Sham “Matombo” Torindo recently launched the Manicaland Afro-Music Festival at Manicaland Motoring Club, setting a platform for emerging and established artistes in the province to showcase their talent. ...

DANCEHALL chanter Ricky Fire has promised fireworks at the launch of his 15-track album Hombarume scheduled for Friday at Club 1+1 in Harare. ...

GWANDA South dance group Bolamba Performing Arts are still relishing the good show they put up during the 2018 edition of the Chibuku Neshamwari National Competition in which they clinched third position. ...

AWARD-WINNING model Sindiso Ndlovu says there is need for beauty models to acquire education as a way of enhancing their beauty and preparing for the future because life on the ramp is short. ...