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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

Roy and Royce still in the game

Roy and Royce Gomo Published in The Herald on the 7th of May 2013. Constance van Niekerk in Vereeniging,South Africa “Roy and Royce are still very much alive,” were the first words uttered by Roy Gomo, the other half of Zimbabwe’s sensational twin singing duo — Roy and Royce. The twins rocked the country in … Continue reading


Winky D Constance van Niekerk, Vereeniging Bindura, in Mashonaland Central Province, is a small mining town some 88km north-east of Harare the capital city of Zimbabwe. This was originally chief Chipindura’s settlement and when the whites came they named it “Kimberly Reefs” because they could not pronounce “Chipindura”, calling him “Bindura”.  In 1913 the town … Continue reading

Themba Ndlovu’s musical journey

⁠This story was published by The Herald, Zimbabwe on the 24th of January 2013 Constance van Niekerk in VEREENIGING, South Africa AS Zimbabwe counts down to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly scheduled for Victoria Falls in August, one track that aptly captures the beauty of the country, and deserves to be a … Continue reading

The New King of Reggae

King Isaac Constance van Niekerk Published by The Southern Times Vereeniging – It is a common belief in many African societies that musicians are poor, losers and uneducated. This stereotype is particularly associated with those who are into reggae music. Many people associate reggae with smoking marijuana and other substance abuse. Although the stereotype might … Continue reading

following in a hero’s footsteps

Constance van Niekerk Vereeniging We shall always remember music’s fallen heroes who are too numerous to mention, we shall forever be grateful for the young lives they inspired and every life they touched with the melodies they sang, every song forever in our hearts, every moment treasured by families and fans alike. May their souls … Continue reading

The Unsung Heroes of Song

Bothwell ‘African’ Nyamhondera The Southern Times Sunday, 16 September 2012 ‘How many of us, after listening to a song, ask who produced it? The passing away of Pedrito — a Namibian musician and producer – early this year was not a loss to Namibians only, but to the African music industry as a whole. May … Continue reading

Rapping For God

Constance van Niekerk Vereeniging God driven rap, infused with some hypnotic, addictive ragga mixes and the result is phenomenal gospel music. Gospel music has been revolutionalized and there in the forefront is a man who calls himself 2blac aka Saul 2 Paul, Africa’s own living gospel singing Tupac. It is heavy Hip Hop full of … Continue reading

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Connie V

Connie V

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) 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.

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