Entertainment

JJ expecting child with Zambian singer 23 January 2017 HARARE - Ex-Big Brother Africa (BBA) star Jerome “JJ” Arab is expecting a child with top Zambian songtress Namvula Rennie. A delighted JJ, who represented Zimbabwe in the 2014 edition of BBA, posted a video on Instagram and Facebook of the first baby scan with the caption: “I am so excited and...
Female artistes fail to measure up 22 January 2017 HARARE - Female musicians are struggling in a big way to give their male counterparts a good run for their money. A case in point is the annual Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50 which featured only three female artistes. Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, at position 10, was the top-placed femal...
Victory not UFIC-inspired: Zhakata 22 January 2017 HARARE - Zora star Leonard Zhakata (pictured below) has poured cold water on reports that he walked away with $6 000 after claiming the top three positions on the 2016 Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50 due to the influence of popular preacher Emmanuel Makandiwa. Some music fans and critics alike...
Macheso, Chimbetu resume shows 19 January 2017 HARARE - Sungura ace Alick Macheso and dendera star Suluman Chimbetu will return to the stage this weekend after a brief festive season break. Macheso last performed in Harare at Extra Mile on New Year’s Day while Suluman’s last show was held three weeks ago. On Friday, the Tafadzwa hit-mak...
Green ambassador to release new album 19 January 2017 HARARE - Rising musician Dereck Mpofu, better known as the Green ambassador, will release his fourth album titled Godobori on February 17. Mpofu, who featured songstresses Cynthia Mare and Pah Chihera as well as Zimdancehall star Shinsoman on the project, has lined up an 11-track album which c...
Kireni Zulu unveils new album tonight 19 January 2017 HARARE - Marabi musician Kireni Zulu will unveil his eighth studio project titled Prophet Kitiwell at Cresta Oasis Hotel in Harare tonight. Zulu is confident that the new eight-track album will win over music fans. “Finally, the album will be out. I took so many years working on it and I be...
'Embassy closures hit arts sponsorship' 16 January 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwean theatre industry has been adversely affected by the closure of several embassies over the past three years, Rooftop Promotions founder and director, Daves Guzha has revealed. One of the major arts sponsors was the Norwegian Embassy which shut down operations in June las...
Macheso, Baba Harare collaborate on song 16 January 2017 HARARE - Former Jah Prayzah vocalist and lead guitarist Braveman Chizvino aka Baba Harare is collaborating with sungura ace, Alick Macheso. They are recording with producer Lazzie T at his Big Tingz Studio in Warren Park. “The song featuring Macheso is titled Ibvai Pano. It is about a paren...
Zim visual arts industry in doldrums 15 January 2017 HARARE - There is no respite in sight for Zimbabwe’s struggling visual arts sector which has suffered for over a decade due to the decrease in tourist arrivals and diminished demand for art works in Europe and other markets. Just last week Gallery Delta, which was established in Harare by Dere...
Arts group records remarkable success 15 January 2017 BULAWAYO - Local-based theatre organisation, Victory Siyanqoba Trust has revealed that it has recorded a remarkable success in its projects at a time when many organisations are struggling to stay afloat mostly due to the prevailing harsh economic conditions. The group which is a grassroots- b...
Zim producer relishes USA exploits 15 January 2017 HARARE - Rising Zimbabwean music producer Tinashe “T-Collar” Sibanda ,23, who was recently nominated for a Grammy in the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category, is making his mark in the United States of America. In addition to co-producing Chris Brown and Rita Ora's single, Bod...
Tehn Diamond drops debut album 14 January 2017 HARARE - Rapper Tehn Diamond has finally released his debut album titled A few Good Poems on ITunes and several other online platforms. The album features award-winning Ghanaian rapper, singer and songwriter, M.anifest, who attracted international acclaim a few years ago when he collaborated w...
Byo playwrights dominate Harare 14 January 2017 HARARE - Theatre in the Park has taken a month’s break due to failure by Harare playwrights to come up with new plays. Harare’s premier theatre venue, run by Rooftop Promotions, will resume operations next month. Rooftop Promotions director Daves Guzha has taken a dig at Harare-based playwr...
Young Igwe releases DVD in style 14 January 2017 HARARE - Sungura musician Peter Moyo recently launched his DVD album titled Mabasa aMwari at Dandaro Inn in Harare where hundreds of his friends and fans packed the venue. At the end of the launch, Moyo should have been a happy man as the DVD album managed to raise more than $5 000 as his frie...
Nama set for February 18 13 January 2017 HARARE - Artists from diverse fields submitted a total of 775 entries for the 16th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) to be held at 7 Arts Theatre in Harare on February 18. According to the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz), the organisers of the awards, the nominations we...
Chivaviro to launch new video 13 January 2017 HARARE - Award-winning artiste Togarepi Chivaviro will launch a video of his latest song, Maranatha, on YouTube and Facebook on Monday next week. On Maranatha, Chivaviro featured several artistes who include Mathias Mhere, Blessing Shumba, Agatha Murudzwa, Leonard Zhakata, Olinda Marowa, Josh ...
Miss Tourism enriched by contest 12 January 2017 HARARE - Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Ashley Morgen says participating at Miss Tourism International (MTI) showed her that dreams are attainable. Morgen, 21, returned from Malaysia last week where she came out in the top 10 at the international pageant. “The greatest lesson from the participation ...
Zakaria, Macheso to release duet 12 January 2017 HARARE - Nicholas Zakaria’s forthcoming album featuring fellow musician Alick Macheso, which was supposed to be released in December, will now be released next month. Khiama Boys manager Tapfumaneyi Kurumuko said the album Takakomborerwa will be released at the end of February as negotiations ...
Ex-BBA star Jerome Arab bounces back 10 January 2017 HARARE - Since he left the Big Brother Africa (BBA) two years ago, Jerome “JJ” Arab has largely stayed away from the limelight until recently. Late last year, JJ resurfaced doing some gigs in Zambia alongside Zambian songstress Namvula Rennie and Zimbabwean singer, songwriter and saxophonist V...
Fungisai's call divides opinion 10 January 2017 HARARE - Controversial gospel artiste Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave’s call for the top three female artistes on the annual Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50 to be given prizes regardless of their position on the chart has divided opinion among local women artistes. Fungisai, who, at number 10 w...
Dancers awards on next month 10 January 2017 HARARE - Organisers of the annual Dancers Association of Zimbabwe (Daz) Awards, which will take place at the City Sports Bar in Harare on February 22, have promised a controversy-free ceremony this year. Last year, the awards triggered uproar after dancer Beverly “Bev” Sibanda, who is managed ...
Stunner, wife back together 8 January 2017 HARARE - Rapper Desmond “Stunner” Chideme and his wife Olinda Chapel on Thursday night shocked people by their public spate, which apparently now seems to have been a publicity stunt. Olinda took to Facebook to accuse Stunner of cheating on her with an 18-year-old named Deon, chatting with his...
Baba Harare speaks on Jah Prayzah 8 January 2017 HARARE - Lead guitarist Braveman Chizvino Mawanza (29), better known as Baba Harare, who has just quit Jah Prayzah's Third Generation, says he will always cherish “the small role” he played to make the Uzumba-born artiste a top brand in Zimbabwe and beyond. Baba Harare, who was accompanied by ...
Doc Vikela ventures into film 6 January 2017 HARARE - Comedian Doc Vikela is extending his tentacles into acting and will feature in a film called Harare Hustle being produced by top filmmaker Joe Njagu. The comedian, who grabbed Annie Kansiime’s attention at a show held in Avondale last year, said he is growing his brand. “I have a p...
Zuvva founder to open design school 6 January 2017 HARARE - Fashion designer Joyce Chimanye, founder of Zuvva fashion label, will be opening a design school in the first quarter of this year. Chimanye told the Daily News that it had been long overdue. It will also be a first of its kind in the country. “This year, we will be opening the Zuv...