Hey hey! Welcome to Afrique Beat, my blog on various things on the African continent. My name is Constance van Niekerk aka Connie V. This blog started as Upclose and Personal with Zim Artists. After two years of working on it, I felt it was time to grow from only concentrating on Zimbabwean musicians to a wider spectrum. It became L’Afrique Beat (don’t ask! 😂) Now we have Afrique Beat! On this blog, I talk about almost everything African. African culture, lifestyle, music, television, film, old school music and television and literature.

I’m an African woman, born and bred in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. In 2007, I relocated to South Africa and in 2012, re-ignited my love for writing through freelancing for The Southern Times (Namibia). In 2013, I had a short stint at freelancing for The Herald, Zimbabwe. It is my wish to make the blog bigger and better and I hope I have achieved it. Above all, I wish to share my love for the arts with the whole world. Enjoy your stay, hope you come back again and again and again!

Connie V

I’m a long time, avid reader of Constance van Niekerk’s writings.
I find her contributions to the main-stream media, in the Life Style & Entertainment pages of the Herald; informative, well researched and a satisfying read.

I equally enjoy and strongly recommend her blog pages: The Chronicles of Constance and the former Up Close & Personal, which has transformed and matured into this l’Afrique Beat page.

I say: “More Grease to your Elbow” mai Van Niekerk!

Temba Hove

(Voice Over Artist, Content Producer/ Presenter & News)


6 thoughts on “Preface

  1. I visited your website. Fantastic to see and read

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Ullas | Feb 14, 2020, 10:22
  2. Congratulations, Connie!

    I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.

    More about this nomination is at


    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by petrel41 | Apr 19, 2020, 21:26
  3. Hey Connie, well deserved 🙂 And you don’t have to hurry, as the award is for helping bloggerrs, not for hurrying them.


    Posted by petrel41 | Apr 20, 2020, 16:19

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