Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

RISING Zimbabwean model Pauline Marere carved a piece of history in her modelling career and raised the country’s flag high when she was crowned Miss Africa at the continental beauty showcase held at VW Soweto in South Africa on Saturday. ...

ACTRESS Charlene Mangweni said there was need for the general public to appreciate and support theatre by going in their numbers to watch plays on stage rather than to expect them to be availed on DVDs. ...

The Zimbabwe Mbira Festival scheduled for December 8 has become a major highlight of the traditional music sub-sector. NewsDay (ND) Life & Style correspondent Tendai Sauta speaks to the organiser, Albert Chimedza, about the festival and other related issues. Here are the excerpts from the interview. ...

RHUMBA king Farai “Juntal” Serima recently released an early Christmas present for music lovers in the form of a music video titled African Santa which is coming with a new dance called Gwanja. ...

PROMINENT gospel musician Sabastian Magacha, whose wife Nomsah recently petitioned the High Court to terminate their six-year marriage, has agreed to the nullification of their union by signing a consent paper to avoid a contested divorce. ...

TO hear Michael Lannas tell it, Zimbabwean music is the ultimate proof that God exists. If the Arcadia-born singer-songwriter is right, then he is also among the prophets, even if only for his contribution of Hapana Mazwi, The River and Moyo Wangu Uri Kuchema to the canon. ...

The Music Crossroads Academy held its inaugural graduation ceremony in Harare last week, where several musicians and traditionalists were honoured for their participation in documenting Chiweshe drumming cultures and local guitar melodies respectively. ...

THERE will be enough laughter to warm up a weekend that is likely to be rain-soaked when Umahlekisa Comedy Club, LOL Entertainment and Christian Artists Network join forces in the inaugural two-day comedy fiesta set for HopeCentre and The Thistle Room in Bulawayo on Friday and Saturday. ...

THE Australian edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) rounded off the global campaign in style at a gala dinner held at the Marriott in Melbourne on Saturday. ...

TOP gospel artiste Takesure Zamar Ncube won the Best of Africa gong at the annual Crown Gospel Awards held in Durban in South Africa on Sunday night. ...

ORGANISERS of the Ammartia Ignite concert to be headlined by Nigerian star Mr Eazi alongside Ammara Brown at Glamis Arena in Harare this Friday have assured fans not to worry about the rains as they had made adequate provisions in case it rained on the night. ...

KNOWN for leaving fans thrilled, Bulawayo’s all-female ensemble Nobuntu dazzled fans with a scintillating performance during the official launch of their new album — Obabes beMbube — at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in Bulawayo on Saturday. ...

ZIMBABWE is currently experiencing queues, be it for fuel, cooking oil, gas and many other commodities. ...

STAKEHOLDERS in the arts industry have accused the government of neglecting the arts and culture sector in the 2019 national budget presented by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube last week. ...

THE annual Edgars Fashion Extravaganza’s show curtains came down in Harare on Saturday as Zvishavane-based Nelly Mariri scooped the $10 000 grand prize at the promotion’s grand draw. ...

JAZZ crooner and Green ambassador Dereck Mpofu has continued to shine in his musical journey, with another ambassadorial role added to his curriculum vitae as he was last week appointed OnPoint Home Decor brand ambassador. ...

Yvonne Chaka Chaka has achieved a lot in a career spanning over 30 years‚ but the Princess of Africa said she is only focused on the work that still needs to be done‚ like the fact that musicians still die as paupers. ...

AFRO fusion singer Ashton “Mbeu” Nyahora, backed by his Mhodzi Tribe, is set to serenade lovers at a couples bush braai party tomorrow at Pakanaka Resort in Goromonzi today. ...

MISS World Zimbabwe Hajirah Belinda Potts is appealing to her countrymen for votes for one of the five fast-challenge tasks under the social media category for the ‘beauty’ with the highest number of social media votes. ...

UPCOMING versatile musician Bezaleel Mhako has roped in comedian-cum-musician Freddy “Kapfupi” Manjalima on his first single, Chinhu Chacho, to bring humour to the jiti track that will be released today. ...

TOP gospel musician Psalmist Josh Kays is set to do a double launch of a single titled Jesu Kristu and a book on worship under the title I Heard a Voice on December 1, at Kingston House in Harare. ...

SOME local artistes, including Mathias Mhere and Michael Mahendere, who were billed to entertain guests at the Peace Starts with Me (Peace and Family) Festival yesterday, pulled out at the last minute amid indications that they did not subscribe to Family Federation for World Peace and Unification leader Hak Ja Han Moon’s doctrine. ...

TOP Bulawayo musician Chase Skuza of the Banolila fame is set to prove his mettle on stage following his release from prison last week, with three gigs organised by King of Kings Prom beginning this weekend and ending on December 1. ...

A LEADING German soprano, Christine Wolff, is set to share the stage with local pianist Jeanette Micklem at this months’ edition of the Twelve Concert series — courtesy of St John’s College and German Embassy — tomorrow and on Sunday. ...

THEATRE practitioner and musician Whitney “Britty Yonly” Matimanga is set to introduce the United States clothing label — LaMonki Collection — to Zimbabwe, following her appointment as the country’s ambassador by the label’s chief executive officer, Godwil Daniel. ...

FORMER Miss Universities Zimbabwe and Miss World Universities Continental Queen (Africa) Valerie Gugulethu Chingonzo on Sunday visited Wings of Grace Trust, where she donated foodstuffs, sanitary wear and clothes. ...

The Vine Music group is set to launch its debut 13-track album titled Musandipfuure, at the Harare International Conference Centre on Sunday. ...

MY love for Jah Prayzah’s music is probably an open secret. His last three albums — Mdara Vachauya and Kutonga Kwaro — have been runaway offerings that found many takers among music lovers. ...

The question of whether Dambudzo Marechera’s way of writing was one of the most ideal or not continues to dominate the local literary discourse. There have, however ,been no consensus, but it is without doubt that he left behind a significant number of loyal disciples spanning generations. ...

RISING gospel musician Volt ‘Minister’ Maya (pictured), who launched his third seven-track album Kwese at Marriage Centre in Harare last month, is set to perform at Bethnal, Town Hall Hotel, London, as he seeks to promote the album. ...