African Artists in the Spotlight

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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 Advertisements

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. 

Young Jerahuni going places

By Constance van Niekerk, SA NAMA Award Winner and highly talented Macintosh Pedzisayi Jerahuni, founder of ‘The Jerahuni Movement Factory’ and ‘The Jerahuni Band’ is making waves everywhere he goes. And he definitely is on the move!  Jerahuni is a creative dancer and choreographer at ‘The Tumbuka Contemporary Dance Company’ of Zimbabwe. [gallery  type=”rectangular” ids=”2769,2768,2767″] … Continue reading

Jonas Gwangwa: A short bio

Jonas Mosa Gwangwa was born in 1941 in Orlando East, Soweto. He gained popularity while playing the trombone for the Jazz Epistles together with other Jazz icons such as Bra Hugh (Masekela) on trumpet, Kippie Moeketsi on alto saxophone, Dollar Brand (later known as Abdullah Ibrahim) on piano, Johnny Gertse on bass and Early Mabuza … Continue reading

Out of Mash Central, a star was born

Mazowe born and Bindura bred David Hondoyedzomba affectionately known as Diva or HD is the rising Afro-Jazz sensation taking Zim music industry by storm. He also spent part of his childhood in Chiweshe, his rural homestead. David’s story is that of perseverance as Diva embarked on his musical journey years ago. The road wasn’t easy … Continue reading

Roy and Royce back for good

Constance van Niekerk, S.A In 2013, they made a promise that they would make a comeback to the music scene. We waited upon this return throughout the following year, a year that some landmark Zim musical artists loomed back into view after vanishing in a mist of Zimdancehall and Sungura. It was the year Zimbabwe’s … Continue reading

From outcast to superstar

Salif was born on the 25th of August 1949. He is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire Sunjata Keita. Salif was cast out by his family and ostracized by the community because of his albinism. His mother had to hide him from superstitious members of the community who sought to kill … Continue reading

Conversation with Elspeth Chimedza – an active dynamo and delectable bundle of joy!

Such zest and enthusiasm for life and the arts as is displayed by Elspeth Chimedza is both unique and unparalleled. But even more amazing is her energy and focus in all that she thinks and does. She’s a dreamer and a planner! She is a polyglot of sorts, with more than just passing spoken knowledge … Continue reading

New Nigerian Sensation “St. Lahrie’ sets his eyes on Zimbabwe

Constance van Niekerk in Vereeniging, South Africa Africa, our beloved motherland, the land of our forefathers is unique in more ways than one. Think of Olduvai Gorge and think of the great pyramids of Egypt and the Great Zimbabwe Monument! And there’s more. Many will agree that music was born in Africa! So it comes … Continue reading

King of the jungle or misguided cat?

Jazzel’s oozing effervescence and abrasively arrogant self-confidence is almost palpable. You can almost practically slice through it like a hot knife through butter. He plays the role of the master with admirable ease as he makes the phenomenal claim that he started it all. “I’m not someone jumping onto the bandwagon, but rather, I’m the … Continue reading


Pablo Nakappa in action Constance van Niekerk in Vereeniging SA The versatile Pablo Nakappa, jazzman, businessman and highly-respected guitarist with a formidable list of musical achievements and experiences has just released ‘Botso’, his second single. The single is being launched on Sunday April 20 during Ronald ‘D-Train’ Chiwanza’s SFM ZimJazz Show (10.30-11.00 am). Botso is … Continue reading

Introspection Time with David Mungoshi

Constance van Niekerk, Vereeniging South Africa What Simon Did (And I Didn’t Do) is a powerful poem from the impending ‘Love and Hurt Poems’ collection by prolific Zimbabwean writer, editor and actor, David Mungoshi. In the true tradition of all good introspective literature, the deceptively gentle poem invites you to look at yourself, the way … Continue reading

Tendayi Gahamadze: Man On A Mission

Tendayi (on the left) http://www.herald.co.zw/tendayi-gahamadze-man-a-on-mission/ Constance van Niekerk in VEREENIGING, South Africa ONE day all the foreign students under the scholarship at the university where I was in Germany were invited for a week’s seminar whose grand finale was a dinner party where students from different countries had to perform something that depicts the cultural … Continue reading

Resilient Zimbo

Gideon Tafadzwa Zamimba Constance van Niekerk in VEREENIGING, South Africa Gideon Tafadzwa Zamimba or Gidza as he is affectionately known was born on the 18th of September at Nyadire Hospital in Mutoko. He is the only boy in a family of six, unfortunately, three of his sisters passed away. All his sisters were musicians except … Continue reading

Que Montana is ‘Untamed’

Untamed ⁠ Published on the 27th of May 2013 by The Herald Constance van Niekerk  in VEREENIGING, SA They have been dubbed “South Africa’s hottest new duo”, they are fresh, they are rejuvenating, they are exquisite, they are the new kids on the block, they are Untamed. This is indeed the best collaboration to ever … Continue reading

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