Constance van Niekerk is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.
Editor has written 143 posts for Afrique Beat


Story by Constance van Niekerk in Vereeniging, SA  SOME of us have stopped watching the news because there’s never anything good to put a smile on our faces. Sometimes it feels like the human race is just on a self destruction path, there’s so much hate, so much crime, so much killing that one has … Continue reading

Memory lane… With Robert Adam (PART 2)

Continued from Part 1 ​Kanindo music flavours can be clearly detected in some Zimbabwean artists’ music, such as  Khiama Boys, John Chibadura, Job Mashanda and Sulumani Chimbetu for example. The integrated Kanindo sound was often referred to as Museve. But at the end of the day, Kanindo itself had unmistakable derivatives of African Rumba, as … Continue reading

Memory lane… With Robert Adam (PART 1)

MEMORY LANE…. OLOBAKA LINGALA?  RUMBA-KANINDO-SOUKOUS-NDOMBOLO-MAKOSSA-ZOUK  WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN TO YOU? Article written by Robert Adam Let’s try a few names to jog your memory. Septeto Habanero and Franco Luambo Makiadi. Are the bells ringing? Maybe not a lot. What about Pepe Kalle? Now we’re getting warmer. But if I say Papa Wemba then all the … Continue reading

SUNGURA: the review

SUNGURA: Story of John Chibadura and Zimbabwean Music Written & Directed by Andreas Hoehn Film Director: Vladimir Petrovski-Karter Running Time: 104min A REVIEW BY CONSTANCE VAN NIEKERK This extraordinary DVD brought tears to my eyes. As a Sungura fan, I applaud the creators of this DVD for an amazing job well done! It’s quite informative … Continue reading


By Robert Adam No matter what our ethnicity, creed, colour or orientation, I suppose the day inevitably arrives, together with other age-betrayal prompts, for each of us to occasionally yearn a memory lane visit. Maybe we reach an age when we take more comfort from memories of the past than expectations of the future. Being … Continue reading

Beware of fake technicians in the Vaal

Constance van Niekerk, Vereeniging The day before my birthday, on April 2, I decided to get my fridge fixed as the top part had not been working in a while. I called a technician who promised to come during the course of the day. Unfortunately, my phone battery died before he had come and my … Continue reading


When a friend of mine, Christo told me about this pageant, I thought it was one of his jokes as he really is our very own Leon Schuster! Then I took to Google in the hope that I do not come across any such embarrassment, but to my horror, it’s not a joke at all! … Continue reading

Ryan Koriya’s EP, releasing Monday the 9th

by Constance van Niekerk in SA When someone is presented with the concept of a Zimbabwean musician, one wouldn’t necessarily imagine a sound called Passion-Pop. Currently located in Denmark, Ryan Koriya, dubbed ‘The Soul Mechanic’ who releases a new EP on Monday the 9th of January 2017, has indeed started the New Year on a … Continue reading

​Stunner’s dirty laundry is stinking on social media.

By Constance van Niekerk in SA The Social Media is abuzz with videos of Stunner’s wife Olinda Chapel Chideme’s rantings – a woman scorned! Stunner, a Zimbabwean award winning musician whose real name is Desmond Chideme has apparently cheated on his wife, a UK based business woman.  In one of the videos, Chapel threatens to … Continue reading

Keeny Ice, gets signed to Nigerian Label, Mo’Shes Musik

Originally posted on Bishopteam:
Budding Ghanaian artiste Barnabas Amu popularly known as Keeny Ice has officially inked two years record label deal with Nigerian record label, Mo’shes Musik. The artiste who hails from Aflao in the Volta Region of Ghana was in Nigeria recently to seal the deal which covers branding and promotion of his…


Alexio Kawara  ‘Hatidzoreke‘ is what Award Winning Zim Urban Groover Alexio Kawara seems to be saying this festive season as he entertained revellers last night, 21 December at The  7Arts Theater in Avondale, Harare. ‘Hatidzoreke‘ is his latest offing released on the 14th last month. Photographer: Irvine Jabangwe Courtesy of Roy Zuka

Lebo Mabe @lebobrass

Lebo in a nutshell: -Trumpet and trombone player -holds a Diploma in Jazz Studies at Tshwane University of Technology -has 16 years in industry -Versatile in most genres Get in touch with Lebo on Facebook or Twitter-https://mobile.twitter.com/lebobrass All photos courtesy of Lebo Mabe. 

It’s a family affair

Constance van Niekerk in South Africa It’s a family affair this Thursday, the 15th of December! Two Legendary music families (quite the musical royalty of Zimbabwe if you ask me) share the stage in a show that’s likely to be one to remember. We speak of none other than superstar Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi and Green … Continue reading

When a woman is fed up

Constance van Niekerk in Vereeniging, SA A woman knows when she is loved, when she is needed, when she is being lied to, used and abused. Every woman in the depths of her heart knows when she must be staying or packing her bags. Why then are the women staying when it is as clear … Continue reading


Constance van Niekerk in Vereeniging, SA I was shocked as I read with utter disgust an account of how the law enforcement officers in Zimbabwe are turning into the criminals they’re supposed to be locking up, now they’re just assisting them to rob tourists and nationals of their hard earned cash in a nation where … Continue reading

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