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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 152 posts for Afrique Beat

Zim Blog Awards 2018

Great news….. Afrique Beat was nominated among several other blogs for the Zim Blog Awards in the ART & CULTURE category… Voting is in the process… until the 21st of February 2018. If you would also like to cast a vote, please visit Zim Blog Awards voting Thanks in advance Editor Advertisements

Legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela has died

Constance van Niekerk, SA The social media is inundated with messages expressing grief and shock over the tragìc news of the death of the musical icon Hugh Masekela. He passed away today in a Johannesburg hospital after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Masekela was 78-years-old. Hugh Ramopolo Masekela was born on the 4th of … Continue reading

Thank you Frikkie and Elsie 

Constance van Niekerk, Vereeniging Most roads in Vereeniging are in a dire condition.  Some are full of potholes while white lines are non-existent on others. Is every problem solved by burning and destroying infrastructure. There are many ways to kill a cat, choose to be the change you want to see. Early this morning as … Continue reading

Mungoshi shines in Ghana

By Constance van Niekerk, S.A OUR very own David Mungoshi is among the fourteen prominent writers of Africa presented with The Grand Patron of the Arts Award by The Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) in Accra, Ghana recently. The award-giving ceremony was held on the occasion of the 24th International Day of the African Writer … Continue reading

Zimbabweans and Triviality: Have we sank so low?

By Leonardo Makuya The disgusting and unprecedented trending of a joking culture in Zimbabwe or Africa at large has revealed a deep sited entrenched ‘cancer’ that is somehow responsible for our impoverishment as black people which is THE LOVE FOR TRIVIALITY which in simple terms translates to majoring the minor. Our country and continent is … Continue reading

From Greatmess to Greatness

Constance van Niekerk, Vereeniging, S.A   Pomp, ceremony and expectation filled the air with something almost tangible. Almost everywhere you looked the feeling was the same. Not all roads in Vereeniging led to Dickinson Park on this day, the 23rd of September in the year of Our Lord 2017. One road led to The Bon … Continue reading

Ke Nako (It’s time)

By Constance van Niekerk in Vereeniging, S. A TWO years ago, they promised fireworks then did more than just deliver, they wowed the audience. Such is the manner they do their things these little Sonnies! Though the sun only shines during the day, these little ones shine during the night as well. Laerskool Sonlandpark, Sonnies this … Continue reading

International Men’s Day 

Do you know that there is a day set to celebrate men, just like Women’s Day? Yes, it is there. Every year on the 19th of November it is the International Men’s Day. On this day we celebrate men and the boy child. If you have never celebrated it before, why don’t you start next … Continue reading

Dignity is not negotiable

By Stan Gaba in Vanderbijlpark, S.A The show business has all phases and grades of dignity (If not then they must create one). Every man and woman has some dignity….but why would people go to this point of humiliation in the name of fashion and trend-setting? Personally, I think it is time to effect a … Continue reading

HOPE 

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 ​ Article written by Robert Adam, UK 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 … 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, UK  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 … 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

MEMORY LANE – SOUTH AFRICAN BUBBLEGUM MUSIC

By Robert Adam, UK 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. … 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

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Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection by Constance van Niekerk

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