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Shebeen wars in Botswana

By Lenox MhlangaMusic, Politics

TWO totally unrelated events occurred the other week that I thought I should comment on. In South Africa, the Gauteng Liquor Board decided to extend liquor licences for shebeens by 24 months. They were due to expire at the end … Read more

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Why are (some) diasporians out of touch?

By Lenox MhlangaMusic, Politics, Travel

A RELATIVE of a distant relative returned from Canada to visit a couple of weeks ago. It had been ten years since we had last seen him. It was evident he was so home sick because he wept when he … Read more

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Sam Mtukudzi: Mhodzi Yangu

By Alex MagaisaMusic, Music, Politics

SAM Mtukudzi’s death in a car crash in a car crash on March 15 plunged a country into mourning. Son of the legendary Oliver MtukudzI, Sam was a recording artist in his own right and was set to launch his … Read more

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Arts and culture indaba opens in Harare

By Fungai TichawanganaEducation, Film, Music

A TWO-DAY conference, bringing together some of Zimbabwe’s leading arts and culture players opened in Harare this morning.   Giving the keynote address, Minister of Education Sports Arts & Culture, Senator David Coltart spoke about the dire lack of funding … Read more

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7 things that the GNU has killed

By Fungai TichawanganaMusic

1. Burning of Money   Remember when you could take US$20 and get Z$2 billion on the street, but get Z$50 billion if you wanted the money transferred into your account? That was called kupisa (burning). It made hexatrillionnaires of … Read more

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Moonwalking at the growth point

By Lenox MhlangaMusic, Politics

Warning: This article contains lines translated from indigenous English also known as Ndenglish or Shonglish.   A HOT topic burning the social networks among Zimbabweans worldwide has been that of their memories of Christmas ekhaya, back home. I couldn’t help … Read more

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Is Urban Grooves officially dead?

By Fungai TichawanganaMusic

^ Centre of attraction. Betty Makaya at the 2004 Zimbabwe Music Awards | THE Sports Diner in Harare holds an Urban Grooves night every Thursday. This has been an on and off event since December 2004. Every so often it’s … Read more

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A Night at the NAMAs

By Fungai TichawanganaMusic

The 8th Eidtion of the National Arts Merit Awards in Pictures. Above compères for the evening Comfort Mbofana and Ellen Chiyindiko. | The Awards were held at the HICC on Friday 13th February.

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Namibian Big Brother housemate in Zimbabwe

By Fungai TichawanganaMusic

  NAMIBIAN Africa Big Brother 3 Housemate, Lucille Naobes, is in the country to host two Valentine’s dinner dances with Zimbabwean housemate, Munyaradzi ‘Munya’ Chidzonga.   Munya, who was set to present one of the Awards at Friday’s National Arts … Read more

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Chiwoniso’s Rebel Woman tops world charts

By Fungai TichawanganaMusic

ZIMBABWEAN mbira star Chiwoniso has done the seemingly impossible. Her latest album, Rebel Woman, has been in the top twenty of the World Music Charts Europe (WMCE) for three months now- and last month (Dec 2008) it moved to the … Read more

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