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Tributes To Tuku

Compiled by Editor Tuku Farewell Samanyanga: Tribute from Thomas Mukanya Mapfumo, close friend and fellow Zimbabwean musician. In Zimbabwe we say Wafa Wanaka. But this is a generic phrase normally used for one whose good works are hard to put together after he has gone. With Tuku, we say matipa matitorera. We were given and … Continue reading

Fare Thee Well Samanyanga

“Ndima ndasakura ndapedza” Constance van Niekerk, South Africa I can almost hear the husky voice booming from the heavens, “Pangu pese ndasakura ndazunza…” meaning I’ve done my part I’m finished. The elephant has fallen, Nzou Samanyanga is no more. Gifted Zimbabwean music icon, Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi, passed on today, 23rd January, at Avenues Clinic in … Continue reading


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

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


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

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

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

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