Zim Dancehall: A story of a generation’s hopes and aspirations.

That Zim Dancehall has captured the hearts and souls of many a Zimbabwean is no secret; naturally the growth of the genre has divided opinion. While some quarters dismiss it with contempt as a passing fad, others applaud and gladly embrace it is as a serious creative force to reckon with. In contemporary Zimbabwe, the…

Mannex and Zimreggastra Take Reggae Uptown

Zimbabwe’s top reggae crooner, Emmanuel Motsi aka Mannex and his Zimreggestra band will be taking his ground breaking act uptown at the PaPosition Bar and Lounge in Avondale this Friday, 22 June, 2018. Mannex, who used to perform with legendary reggae band, Transit Crew, as a lead singer, promised to put up a polished act…

Thomas Mapfumo Backstage Conversations

Being a huge fan of Chimurenga Music, I had told myself on countless occasions that come what may, when Thomas Mapfumo returns from exile I would attend his home coming show without fail. Having a conversation with him was however way out of my wildest imaginations but thanks to his longtime friend Cosmas Zamangwe this…

ZIFF extends call for film submission

THE Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust (ZIFFT) has extended a call for submission to filmmakers for its flagship programme the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) slated for September 1 to 8, as the festival marks its 20th anniversary. ZIFF director, Nakai Matema, made a call in a statement stating that the deadline for the…

Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions among most influential 100 books

AWARD-WINNING novelist and filmmaker, Tsitsi Dangarembga’s blockbuster novel Nervous Conditions has been listed among the BBC Culture’s 100 stories that shaped the world in which it was pegged at number 66. Dangarembga yesterday said she was overwhelmed by the development and the congratulatory messages she had received in the wake of the listing. “I’m overwhelmed…

Zimbabwean Artists Exhibit At Dak’Art

The 13th Dakar Biennale, popularly known as Dak’Art, has returned for its 2018 edition. With an upsurge in valuable content and context from Zimbabwe, this cycle of the Biennale has three artists appearing, namely Kudzanai Chiurai, Admire Kamudzengerere and Dana Whabira. The exhibition features “We Need New Names”, Chiurai’s 2017 showing at the National Gallery…

Zimbabwean Museums Risk Collapse

NATIONAL Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) deputy director and chief curator, Raphael Chikukwa has said museums in the country risk collapse due to a raft of factors, including poor management and lack of funding. Chikukwa, who was speaking at a discussion on the future of African museums during the International Museums Day on Friday last week,…

UK-based Zimbabwean women in reality show.

A new online reality show, Zimbabweans With Attitude, Glam & Style (ZWAGS) which premiered on April 14th 2018 in London reflects on the glamorous life of UK-based Zimbabwean stylist and aspiring model Precious “Cookies” Matare and fashion designer Gladys Smith as well as their friends and love interests. The show which was met with rave…

Women are capable artists

Visual artist Lydia Molai believes women have what it takes to stand the heat in the male-dominated visual arts industry. At a tender age, Molai started expressing herself in music, painting and drawing. Her creative skills were further sharpened when she enrolled at Roosevelt Girls High School where one of her practical subjects was Art.…

‘Take arts seriously to boost tourism’

NATIONAL Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) director Elvas Mari has called on the Tourism and Hospitality Industry ministry to strike healthy collaborations with artistes, as a way of pushing for growth of the local tourism sector. Mari, who addressed a National Consultative Stakeholder Tourism Strategy workshop on Thursday last week, said tourism had its basis…

PPC Imaginarium arts competition comes to Zim

Local talented artists, architects, jewellery and fashion designers are set to benefit largely at the forthcoming PPC Imaginarium Competition that will be hosted in Zimbabwe for the first time with the winner expected to walk away with R100 000. The first and second runner up will get R50 000 and R15 000 respectively. The competition…

Bob Marley statue for Zimbabwe?

HARARE – After months of negotiations with the late global reggae icon’s representatives, Martin Chemhere, a South Africa-based Zimbabwean arts and media consultant says he has finally been given a go ahead to organise the creation and installation of Bob Marley’s statue in Zimbabwe. He says he received the message of confirmation via email on January…

Hifa 2018 preparations on course

The 2018 Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa)  will run from May 1 to 6, at the Harare Gardens under the theme, We Count. Addressing journalists at a press conference held Monday Hifa executive director Maria Wilson said the theme is meant to celebrate their achievements in the country since its inception. “We count’…

National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) nominees announced

THE National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) yesterday announced the list of nominees for the for the 17th National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) edition set to be held on February 17 at Reps Theatre. Below is the full list of nominees. SPOKEN WORD AWARDS Outstanding Poet Tinashe Tafirenyika Shingirai Manyengavana Mercy Dhliwayo Special Mention Takesure…

19th century pictures of British colonisation of Zimbabwe.

Fascinating photos have been released showing military life in Rhodesia now Zimbabwe, at the end of the 19th century. The pictures taken by photographer W. Rausch,were taken between 1896 and 1900 when Cecil Rhodes was establishing British control in Zimbabwe during the ‘Scramble for Africa when European nations were vying for control of the continent and…

A Groundbreaking Congress in Zimbabwe

The International Congress for African Culture (ICAC) brought scores of international art practitioners and scholars to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1962 to discuss the global influence of art from Africa. Despite taking place in a still colonized territory, the event went on to change the course of the arts on the African continent. However,…

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