Entertainment

American TV partners local artistes 22 May 2018 HARARE - American television presenter Jerry “Kojo” Robinson is in the country hunting for content to use on his show Music4U, a move which is set to expose local artistes to international audience. Kojo targets music sung in English as CW TV, where Music4U or simply M4UTV is shown, is an Amer...
Muridzo, Freeman descend on Murehwa 17 May 2018 HARARE - Popular contemporary musicians Andy Muridzo and Freeman are set to rock Murewa today during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Celebrations. Muridzo, who recently launched his new album Munondo, which has been well-received by his fans, is expected to deliver a th...
Can Ipupa reignite love for local rhumba? 17 May 2018 HARARE - Local rhumba musicians say Congolese rhumba star Fally Ipupa, who is set to perform in Harare on May 26, has no capacity to revive “the love of the genre” in Zimbabwe. Fally Ipupa will share the stage with Oliver Mtukudzi, Juntal and Diamond Musica at Harare International Conference C...
Clive Malunga resurfaces 15 May 2018 HARARE - One of the country’s top music promoter, Clive Malunga, famed for his Jenaguru Music Festival, is bouncing back with a new set of songs which he is launching next month in South Korea and Japan respectively. While for close to a decade, Malunga’s music has been silent on radio and tel...
Mukanya keen on second home gig 15 May 2018 HARARE - After giving a scintillating performance in Harare for the first time in 14 years, exiled Chimurenga musician Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo is keen to stage another gig in the country end of this year. Last week, Chimurenga music publicist Blessing Vava took to Facebook asking Zimbabweans ...
Ginimbi opens club in Harare 15 May 2018 HARARE - If there is anyone who knows how to throw a party it’s Genius Kadungure, better known as Ginimbi. Before people knew his fetish for cars, his white parties have been making headlines. The flamboyant businessman who is not shy to show off his wealth will be opening his first club ca...
Bev returns to Mzansi 15 May 2018 HARARE - After winning the dance contest in South Africa last year, Beverly Sibanda aka Bev is returning to Mzansi to headline Africa Day celebrations in Boksburg. The Sexy Angels boss is set to share the stage with Sungura Super Beat, Extra Kings, Extra Power, Tally C, T Wit B, Shumba Stars, ...
Culture Week launch moved to Gwanda 14 May 2018 HARARE - Culture Week commemorations launch that was scheduled for Harare on May 19 has been moved to Gwanda on the same date. The Culture Week will run from May 19-25, 2018 and preparations are on course in all provinces. “Culture Week National launch that was scheduled to be held at Harar...
Arts sector reforms long overdue 14 May 2018 HARARE - Nhimbe Trust, an advocate for a vibrant and sustainable Zimbabwean creative sector notes that the government wishes to absorb the Censorship Board and the National Arts Council into their parent ministry as well as privatise the National Handicraft Centre. We warn against this being d...
Macheso, Jah Prayzah in rare encounter 14 May 2018 HARARE - In a rare encounter, sungura music star Alick Macheso and high flying musician Jah Prayzah will share the stage in Chitungwiza at the launch of the former’s latest album unveiling ceremony, courtesy of Cheso Power Promotions. Macheso is scheduled to launch his latest studio album Dzin...
TelOne gets broadcasting licence 14 May 2018 HARARE - Government has awarded the State- owned telecoms firm TelOne a broadcasting licence, allowing the company to offer video on demand services. TelOne announced the news yesterday in one of the State-run newspapers. “Please note that TelOne (Pvt) Ltd has been awarded a Broadcasting Se...
'Every Hifa edition is unique' 13 May 2018 HARARE - While the Harare International Festival of Arts 18th edition which took place in and around the Harare Gardens between May 1-6 was disturbed by rains and a cold biting weather, it also had its spark. The opening show, which is usually one of the main highlights spiced by fireworks, wa...
Artists divided over Seh Calaz verdict 13 May 2018 HARARE - Artists are divided over the conviction of singer Seh Calaz who was fined $100 or 30 days in prison by the courts for lyrics he penned on his song Kurova Hohwa. The Zimdancehall chanter was found guilty of “polluting public morals” for recording the obscene and indecent song. Harare...
Carl opens up on his manager wife 10 May 2018 HARARE - Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube has opened up about the “weird” relationship between him and his wife Nelsy who doubles as his manager. This comes as Nelsy had just been discharged from a Victoria Falls hospital after she had suffered from chest pains. The couple had just performed at t...
Donel, Chiweshe to share stage 10 May 2018 HARARE - Young and newly-discovered talent Donel Mangena is on demand and will be sharing the stage with mbira queen Stella Chiweshe at a Zimbabwe Culture Show in England next month. Mangena grabbed the spotlight after his appearance in the singing competition, The Voice UK, where he finished ...
Mdara Bhonzo: Shunned in times of need 8 May 2018 HARARE - Only a handful of mourners turned up for the funeral of popular actor Lawrence “Mdara Bhonzo” Simbabarashe  despite the celebrity status hevwas accorded during his life. Mdara Bhonzo was a popular figure, whose influence and fame cut across the demographic structure, which would have ...
Freshlyground shuts down Hifa in style 8 May 2018 HARARE - South African African Afro-fusion music group Freshlyground, put up a perfect performance to end the six-day Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa). Fireworks even erupted as the group was finishing up their act as they performed Waka Waka: Time for Africa. The group also per...
Muridzo, mother break down on stage 7 May 2018 HARARE - After all Andy Muridzo is human! Kudzai Andrew Ngwenya, better known as Andy Muridzo in music circles, brought the whole auditorium at Club 1+1 which is nestled at Long Chen Plaza in Harare to a halt on Friday during the launch of his album Munondo. Muridzo aka Baba Keketso, who exper...
Actor Bhonzo dies 7 May 2018 HARARE - Veteran actor Lawrence Simbarashe, aka mdhara Bhonzo in showbiz circles thanks to popular television series Timmy naBonzo, has died. Simbarashe died on Saturday at a Chitungwiza hospital reportedly due to diabetes and high blood pressure. Mourners are gathered at house number 544 S...
SA-based Mae Sithole speaks on flourishing career 6 May 2018 HARARE - Talented Mae Sithole, sister to 2007 CBZ A-Academy winner Jonah, is part of a growing list of talented songbirds who are making a name for themselves beyond Zimbabwe's borders. This group also includes Berita Khumalo, who is based in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and Cape Town-based ...
Artists shine in Zanu PF primaries 6 May 2018 HARARE - Several artists participated in this year's Zanu PF primary elections, and are set to represent the ruling party in the forthcoming harmonised elections expected around July-August this year. This has been a significant number that is set to inspire other artistes to venture into poli...
Hifa roars to life 1 May 2018 HARARE - Fireworks are expected in Harare as the 18th annual Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa) kicks off in the capital tonight, with several dance, music, art, theatre performances spreading over six days till Sunday. The festival which will feature a number of political showcases ...
Mukanya delivers scintillating bira 30 April 2018 HARARE - Music fans who attended music legend Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo's homecoming show at Glamis Stadium on Saturday night got to see first hand why the Chimurenga icon is invariably called the “Lion of Zimbabwe” and “Hurricane Hugo.” Mukanya, 72, who was performing in Zimbabwe for the first...
Chiwenga to attend Mukanya gig 28 April 2018 HARARE - Vice President Constantino Chiwenga will be among guests at decorated Chimurenga musician Thomas Mapfumo's Homecoming Bira scheduled for Glamis Arena in the capital tonight. Mapfumo popularly known as Mukanya — his totem — will share the stage with superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, Su...
Mteki endorses the 'Lion of Zim' 28 April 2018 HARARE - Afro-Chimurenga musician Bryn Mteki aka Sekurutau said he has been successful in art and business because of the inspiration of Zimbabwe's legendary singer Thomas Mapfumo who is performing at Glamis Stadium in Harare tonight. Sekurutau, a world-renowned sculptor/musician-cum-businessm...