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AWARD-winning afro jazz artiste, Victor Kunonga, rose to the occasion and thrilled his devoted Mutare fans who stayed on their toes till the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Kunonga ready to come out
The Maidarirei and Mamurega hit-maker who was backed by his quartet-band, Peace, showed why he is highly recommended in the music business as he dazzled revellers with his well-polished vocals and attention-grabbing dance choreographies.

Although he performed to a small-crowd of slightly over 30 people, Kunonga justified the $10 cover charge and gave them value for money.

Many revellers were, however, turned away at the door after failing to pay the $10 cover charge, which is too much for someone like Kunonga’s show.

The versatile artiste started performing at 10pm taking fans down memory lane with his hit-track Maidarirei from his debut album in 2004.
The song definitely got the attention of the crowd and from there the night was young as people danced the night away.

Other songs played on the night were Usacheme, Mandirasa, Kure, Nzara, Uyo to mention a few.
From his latest fourth album Kwedu released in December last year, Kunonga played Kubuda Ura, Kure Kwatabva, Kushanda and Kwedu whose tapestry reveals his sharpness and mastery as an artiste who has now come off age since he entered the industry in 2004 as a novice.

His unique style of fusing chimurenga and contemporary mbira music is beyond doubt astounding, resonating straight to the heart, while his masterful guitar playing and charismatic stage presence leaves you begging for more.

Kunonga’s manager, Walter Wanyanya, said this year, apart from promoting the latest album, they were planning his ‘‘coming out tour’’ around the country and abroad.
“We now think Victor is ready to come out and that is why we organised this show. We will hold two more shows in Mutare and one of them will be the ‘‘people’s show’’ to cater for the average revellers who cannot afford our usual cover charge.

“This year will also see us tour Europe for the first time as we have lined up tours for Hungary, Norway, Germany and Italy, while regionally we also want to expand to Zanzibar and Kenya.
“In past years, we just toured Southern Africa, but it is time for the world to meet Victor Kunonga as he comes out,” said Wanyanya.

PROBLEM child and dancehall chanter, Soul Jah Love, will be in Mutare again this weekend to perform at The Platinum (formerly Pick and Save) as compensation for the ill-fated show that he failed to perform a fortnight ago.

Soul Jah Love, Progress Chipfumo square off
Chibaba chacho, as he is fondly called by his legion of fans, failed to pitch up at the popular leisure centre after he reportedly “knocked” and soiled himself in his hotel room after allegedly taking some drugs.
His management, however, argued that he was down with diabetes after he had skipped medication.

The Ndini uya uya singer left his legion of fans who had to wait for so many hours for him to turn up for the show disappointed and heartbroken.
This time around, the controversial singer will be supported by one of the most talented yet underrated musician, Progress Chipfumo.

The show organiser, Isau Mupfumi, said it was all systems go and assured patrons that the show would go on without any hitches or inconveniences.
Fans are going to pay a paltry $3 to watch the two artistes performing.


“We always make sure that our patrons are well taken of whenever they visit our centre. Likewise, we like to urge them to come in their numbers and witness two of the most talented musicians in their respective genres performing on the same night.

“We believe Soul Jah Love is growing up in the music industry and fans should be patient with him. We believe he has done his homework and will be at his best come this weekend.

“We decided to rope in a more mature artiste, Progress Chipfumo. He is a veteran musician whose music appeals to all age groups, so we look forward to having a wonderful night,” Mupfumi said.

At his best, Soul Jah Love can put the roof on fire with his enchanting hits such as Gum Kum, Handichabatika, Zimbabwe, Ndini uya uya, and new track Takuponda nhamo as well as organised stage choreography.

Chipfumo’s lyrical expertise and flawless performances are admired by many.
The talented guitarist has six albums to date which are Let Them Know, Ndinovatenda Nei, Tsiurika and Usatamba Nemoto, Progress Report and Hold my hand. 

LIFE for dance groups in Mutare has not been a bed of roses as most of them are dying natural deaths because of lack of sponsorship and support from players in the entertainment industry.

sad development has also seen the emergence of visiting dancing ensembles flocking from Harare and Bulawayo to entertain locals. Local promoters have also become enchanted by the waist-wriggling and erotic dancers from Harare who seem to take the dancing business seriously.
Local dance group industry in limbo

Last weekend, tens of fun lovers gathered at Mandisa Nite Club to witness magical dancing antics from a Harare-based all-female dance group, Shining Angels, led by Vee.

The group made good buck after performing at the venue from Friday to Sunday.
About a fortnight ago, another raunchy female dance group from the capital, Crazy Angels, mesmerised a packed crowd at the rejuvenated venue which is now in the hands of the sole owner, Bonface Nyamanhindi.

The crowd seemingly enjoyed every minute of the proceedings, but one could wonder where our own local dance groups disappeared to.
One of the pioneering dance groups in Mutare, Amagruvaz, is on the brink of collapse after almost all of its female dancers either migrated to South Africa or got married.
Other local groups such as New Kings and Queens and Jika MaJika, have also been struggling to stay afloat.

Miracle Kuonameso, Amagruvaz dancer, cited disunity and unprofessionalism as some of the major problems plaguing the dace industry.
“We need to be united. We need to speak with one voice. That way, promoters will address our plight. Like our fellow groups, we are bankrupt. We don’t have money to sustain our project. We have not been getting much financial rewards from entertaining huge crowds in bars and restaurants because just a few patrons appreciate our profession. The other thing is that people no longer frequent drinking places like they used to. That has affected us a lot. Most dancers have lost hope. We need support,” said Kuonameso, who together with Brian Muchadziya and Michael Mtukudzi left leading the group.

A female dancer from Jika MaJika said it was unfortunate that some revellers link dancing with prostitution.
“They think we are thigh vendors. Yet we are just entertainers and most of us are in happy relationships. This is an industry that simply needs support. Promoters should support the dancing industry,” she said.

A player in the entertainment industry and promoter, Nyamanhindi, who has managed to support the dancing industry by bringing in upcoming local dance groups and artistes at his venue situated in Mutare’s CBD, said: “We will continue to support them. They bring unique entertainment to revellers and I think they need our support.”. Manica Post

BMW is set to launch their new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer this summer.

This spacious seven seater is clearly targeted at families and features large windscreen, optional panoramic roof and intelligently redesigned pillars to provide superior all-round vision. You can create even more space by folding down the third and seconds rows.



This extra efficient car has Auto Start-Stop (as standard) which reduces emissions when stopping temporarily at lights or in traffic. BMW also claims that their Aero Curtain provides optimised aerodynamics, thereby reducing emissions and improving fuel consumption.


There will be a range of preferences and driving styles to choose from including a range of petrol and diesel engines. Extra options include the xDrive 4 wheel drive and the latest generation BMW TwinPower Turbo engines which offer enhanced performance and efficiency.


It is common sense that a man cannot  easily catch a woman who is cheating unless the woman wants you to get caught. Mathius Mhere's wife mgiht have made a mistake and didn't know how to make that wrong right.

She didn't know how to stop the affair and the boyfriend (Gift) was probably black mailing her, since he knew a lot about her. This is why its important to never tell friends about your marital problems. Gift knew something that Mhere's Wife didn't want Mathias to know, and he (Gift) might have used that information to manipulate her.
Mathius Mhere's Wife Responds 'GIFT IS A MANIPULATOR LIKE GUMBURA.'
Mhere's wife had to pretend to love gift or the cat in the bag gets nasty: So lets explore the possible reasons why she wanted to get caught,at:

1. Can’t Handle the Guilt: The cheater, realizing what he or she is doing is wrong, becomes so consumed with guilt that he or she wants to get caught because they can’t handle it anymore. The cheater may not know how to tell his or her mate about the affair, but will readily confess, if caught.

2. Doesn't Know How to End the Affair: The cheater may have been inadvertently drawn into infidelity without really intending to cheat on his or her mate. Realizing their mistake, the cheater wants to end the affair but doesn’t know how. The cheater knows that getting caught by you means the affair will definitely have to end.

3. To Call Attention to Problems in the Relationship: Sometimes a cheater want to get caught in order to call his partner’s attention to problems in their relationship. He or she may not know how to verbally express exactly what is wrong. Or the cheater may have tried to point out the problem, and their mate ignored the complaint, or failed to take it seriously. So as a last resort, the cheater does something drastic like cheating and getting caught, forcing the two of you to see a marriage or couples counselor to address the real issues behind the affair...

4. Revenge Cheating or Retaliatory Affairs: Maybe she was revenging the 2013 Mhere Mitchelle Jowa $30 Love Saga. Some people engage in revenge cheating or retaliatory affairs to repay a spouse or significant other for cheating on them. It’s the cheater’s way of evening the score. The majority of cheaters who do this are usually women. Most men would rather end the relationship than play emotional games. But sometimes men have revenge affairs, too. When a cheater goes out of his or her way to have a retaliatory affair, it’s almost imperative for the cheater to get caught.
5. To End the Marriage or Relationship
At times a cheater will engage in what marriage counselors call an “exit affair.” The cheater wants out of the marriage or relationship, but doesn’t want to be the one to pull the plug. Knowing that infidelity is a deal breaker for his or her mate, the cheater takes the coward’s way out. The cheater leaves enough clues to make certain of getting caught, thus forcing his or her mate to call it quits. The cheater may be in love with his or her affair partner, and wants to get a divorce to be with that person. Or it may not be about the affair partner at all. The cheater may simply want to be free.

Conclusion, One probability is, Mhere's wife had problems with Mhere and told Gift as a family friend. Its unfortunate Gift manipulated Mhere's wife by becoming the man Mhere's wife wanted his husband to be, buy giving him what he should have communicated to Mhere as a friend. ITS BETRAYAL.

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries leader, Walter Magaya is in trouble with Zimbabwe’s largest Christian group, Vapositori, which has vowed to expose him as a magician and fake prophet.

As the fight between the two Christian denominations escalated last week, the Vapositori group said its members were challenging Magaya to an open spiritual power contest.

Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) president Archbishop Johannes Ndanga said the fallout between his 700-member church grouping and Magaya now calls for an open contest to prove the source of power each of the denomination uses.
Last week, Vapositori said God had revealed to them that Magaya was not a Man of God, but used artifacts — including snakes — as the source of his spiritual power to draw large crowds to his congregation.
Last week, Vapositori said God had revealed to them that Magaya was not a Man of God, but used artifacts — including snakes — as the source of his spiritual power to draw large crowds to his congregation.

They were responding to Magaya’s claim in his book titled Marine Spirits, Mweya Yemumvura in which he branded all white-garment churches popularly known as Vapositori as agents of evil marine spirits from the dark kingdom — with a propensity to threaten congregants with death.

“We are now daring him [Magaya] to an open contest to prove that he does not use power from God,” Archbishop Ndanga said.

“There is nothing unusual, even in the Bible, in the book of Exodus; Moses had such a contest with Egyptian magicians when Pharaoh refused to release the children of Israel to Canaan — their promised land. The same contest happened again in the book of Kings when Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal.”

Archbishop Ndanga added: “We are now calling Magaya to a similar contest. He should exorcise the marine spirits in us and we will expose his snakes. If he wants them, we will not kill them, but the people will know where he draws his power from.”

Moses in the book in Exodus, Chapter 7, had a power contest with Egyptian magicians who could perform miracles and the power of God prevailed, the same happened when Elijah challenged King Ahab’s 450 idol worshipers and prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the goddess Asherah who were supported by Queen Jezebel and killed them in Mount Carmel.

Ndanga said Magaya was a “magician” and religious entrepreneur out to fleece the poor out of their hard-earned cash.
“Jesus used water; he was baptised in water, so was John the Baptist. If we have marine spirits, then we are taking them from our master Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom we worship,” Archbishop Ndanga added.

Efforts to get a comment from Magaya since last Sunday through his lawyer Everson Chatambudza yielded no results. Questions were sent to him inquiring if he would be willing to take up the challenge by the Vapostori to a spiritual power duel, but no response had been received at the time of going to press.

In his booklet broadcast, on his Yadah TV channel, Magaya branded all apostolic churches as agents of evil.

“It is from these Orion and Leviathan spirits of the marine kingdom where false, non-Bible believing white garment churches are derived,” Magaya said in his booklet.

“It is also unfortunate that many people have been deceived to follow or visit these kinds of shrines [masowe] in an effort to go over their problems, yet to no avail.

“Many people who have visited these non-Bible believing churches have had their problems worsened, while others have been permanently hooked to them after receiving various continuous serious threats including death [zviga zverufu netsaona] thereby becoming members,” he added.

Magaya’s remarks drew wide outrage from the ACCZ and Zanu PF waded into the fight, with the party youth provincial chairperson for Harare, Godwin Gomwe warning the charismatic preacher against vilifying Vapositori whom he said were his party’s all-weather friends.

Some members of the Vapositori then approached their association claiming they had also discovered the source of Magaya’s power and sought permission to “destroy Magaya’s snakes and other artifacts” which they claimed were used to lure people to his church.
“He [Magaya] has snakes that live in oil. The same oils are given to people as anointing oil. We want to destroy them. God has showed us,” said one of the Vapositori, who refused to be named claiming the issues was being handled by Archbishop Ndanga.

Magaya, however told The Weekend Post that he was unfazed by the attack on his person by the Vapositori and any of their associates, possibly Zanu PF, as his message was from God.

I do not say things from my head, but God has instructed me to deliver that message, hence I did so. God knows the reason why he sent me with that type of message, hence I am not worried about what society might say,” Magaya said.

Gospel singer Matthias Mhere is reportedly refusing to pay back $30 he borrowed from a female Midlands State University student that he gave a lift to Harare. The artiste allegedly opted to send love messages on WhatsApp to the student instead.

Mhere of the Favour NaMwari fame allegedly borrowed the money to buy a second hand tyre after their car had a tyre burst near Norton while on their way to Harare.

Miss Mitchelle Jowa, a psychology student, is now alleging that Mhere was sending her love messages addressing her as “babe” instead of discussing how he intended paying her back her money. She alleged that Mhere would call her on her mobile phone telling her to “forget” about her money, if she continues to spurn him.
Gospel musician Mathias Mhere in love scandal
This reporter saw some of the Whatsapp messages, which Mhere allegedly sent to Miss Jowa.

“How are u Mitchelle this morning, takasvika na 11pm babe,” read one of the messages.

In an interview yesterday, Miss Jowa said she was disappointed by Mhere’s unbecoming behaviour. Miss Jowa, who said she was a fan of Mhere’s music, said she did not expect a popular figure like him who was a renowned gospel singer, to behave in that manner.

“I got into Mhere’s car after hiking in Gweru. I was on my way to Harare sometime in September. I only got to know of who he was when their car developed a tyre puncture as we were approaching Norton town,” said Miss Jowa.
She said Mhere, who was travelling with his friend and fellow band member, Elliot Mugadza, borrowed $30 from her, claiming they wanted to fix the tyre. “I reluctantly gave them my $30 on the understanding that he (Mhere) was a popular gospel singer. They had also promised to send my money through EcoCash,” she said.

Miss Jowa said instead of receiving an EcoCash message on her phone from Mhere, she started receiving love messages from the gospel singer. “I told Mhere that I needed my money back since I wanted to use it as bus fare to Gweru. He later became hostile after I indicated that I was not interested in dating him. He is no longer responding to my calls,” said Miss Jowa.

Miss Jowa said the last time she communicated with Mhere was when he indicated that he was not prepared to pay back her $30. “I then called his friend, Mugadza, but nothing has materialised up to now,” she said.

Mhere declined to comment when he was contacted. He referred this reporter to Mugadza

Mugadza confirmed that they owed Miss Jowa $30. He said they were going to pay her today.

“I know we got her money. She lent Mhere the money when we had a tyre puncture. We have been communicating with her and we told her that we will give her the money on Friday (today). She is our friend and to say Mhere or myself proposed love to her is a big lie,” he said.

Mhere who shot to fame with his hit Favour NaMwari, launched his second album, Nguva YeNyasha in Harare on Monday.

The new album launch was graced by several Government officials and National Assembly members, who included Tourism and Hospitality Minister, Engineer Walter Mzembi, Buhera South legislator, Cde Joseph Chinotimba and Kuwadzana East Member of the National Assembly, Mr Nelson Chamisa.

Controversial chanter, Soul Jah Love was at it again recently when he performed very late at Mushandirapamwe Hotel in Highfield.
Controversial chanter, Soul Jah Love was at it again.
Fans were left bitterly disappointed because Soul Jah Love spent hours in the hotel’s car park trying to gauge the attendance.

There was a huge crowd which was unaware that the dreadlocked chanter had already arrived but had instead sought the car park as a hideout waiting for them to fill the venue.

Most of his fans were reluctant to pay because they suspected that if Soul Jah Love wasn’t pleased with the attendance, he would not perform as what had happened at the Book Café the other night.

When he eventually performed, most of the fans who had anticipated an early show had already left.

Consequently, he made poor gate takings and the promoter of the show was hit by a double blow — a prejudice of good sales and the loss of memorabilia which rowdy and disgruntled thugs stole after Soul Jah Love performed for only 1 hour 30 minutes.

Zimbabwean born producer Brian Soko took top honours when the smash hit he produced for Beyoncé won a Best R&B song Grammy.

A thrilled Soko took to Twitter to upload an image of himself and associates all touching the coveted golden horn at last night's Grammy Awards which took place in Los Angeles, USA.
Cassper Nyovest hitmaker wins Grammy for Beyoncé's 'Drunk in Love'
A beaming Soko had earlier tweeted about his excitement at attending the awards. Throughout the day, he retweeted well wishes from fans and supporters.

Soko, who is now based in the US, also worked with rap artist Cassper Nyovest on his hit, Phumakim as well as on K.O's Mission Statement and DJ Vigilante's Sgelekeqe featuring Ma-E, PRO, Maggz.

According to africa's country.com, Soko fell in love with hip hop when his older brother, Prince introduced him to it. His father, who was a banker relocated the family to America after a short stay in South Africa. Soko studied sound engineering at a college in Florida.

He met his associates and the four formed The Order who have since produced music for Lil Wayne, Drake, Future and Rich Gang.
Brian Soko (red bowtie) pictured here with his producing collective, The Order who won a Grammy for fleshing out Beyonce's smash hit, Drunk in Love.
Image by: Instagram.
The producing collective have won three Billboard music awards - Most Performed Song 2014 R&B/Hip-Hop Award Song for Lil Wayne’s No Worries, Billboard No 1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song for Beyoncé’s Drunk In Love and Billboard No 1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for Beyoncé’s Drunk In Love.

Zimbabwean award-winning producer Brian Soko promises to open a gateway for local artistes into the mainstream international top flight music circuit — he said this after he received a trio of accolades at the prestigious R&B/Hip-hop Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Awards 2014 in Hollywood. The annual event celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year. The awards recognised producers and songwriters of Billboard Number One singles on the charts from the past year.
Zimbabwean award-winning producer Brian Soko promises to open a gateway for local artistes into the mainstream international top flight music circuit
Soko is well known all over the world for his production of the instrumental of the hit song ‘Drunk in Love’ by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z which won him the Billboard’s Number One song as well as the Billboard’s Number One Airplay accolade at the awards.Soko and his production partners of ‘The Order Production Company’, Rasool Diaz and Andre Proctor, added the last award for the Most Performed Song in 2014 which was ‘No Worries’ by Young Money rapper Lil Wayne.

The producer who spoke exclusively last week said that he is abreast with the local music scene and through his recently launched Anashe Media Group, will be a gateway for Zimbabwean hip-hop and R&B acts to get the much deserved mileage with recognised record labels such as Sony.

“I am very much plugged into the local music market, currently working with producers Simba Tagz of Show Time Records , Shayzar Zimanyi of MixMasters and Tatenda Kamera whose productions are doing well in Zimbabwe and South Africa. “I will be bringing back home some of the new ideas and experience I have been exposed to here. I have family in Zimbabwe so I come down every year actually. With Anashe Media Group, we are building a team and working with some exciting Zimbabwean producers and artists. You will hear about our projects soon,” said Soko.

If there is anyone who has the track record to elevate local acts to international standards it will have to be Brian Soko at the moment as he has a knack of making viral hit singles while signing lucrative deals — something that is not universal with the local industry.He was in South Africa in March working with multiple artists including Cassper Nyovest to produce the record breaking single ‘Phumakim’ which hit 15 000 downloads in the first minute of release; 200 000 in one day and over 350 000 downloads in a week.

Speaking on his quality control policy which he said is a key thing in music, Soko said each project goes through a severe quality and relevance check before being released which is not the same scenario back home where artists haphazardly release tracks.“We have a team of three, so we make music independently then combine to review each other’s music and critique each other or improve on each other’s music. We are also very competitive amongst each other and push each other — usually you know when you have a hit track,” he said.

It has been a long time coming for Brian Soko who had to labour for years before being recognised by multi-million dollar record labels in the USA, in fact he has kept his production team since college days as the crew share a history prior to the successful breakout.“I started making music in high school and eventually went to university for sound engineering where I met my production partners Rasool Diaz and Andre Proctor. We started making music together and improved as a team. We presented our music to a number of labels in LA and New York, it took us a while and it was tough.”

“Eventually we presented to Detail a song writer for Young Money who loved our sound, that’s when we produced on ‘No Worries’ for Lil Wayne and ‘Tap Out’ for Birdman and that was our break,” he said. Zimbabweans are being recognised in the USA music industry and seem to be taking the bull by the horns such as Tinashe, Soko feels honoured to be recognised at the BMI Awards where he is well aware of his competition with the likes of Timberland, Scotch Storch and DJ Mustard. “It is an honour and a privilege to be honoured here, this is a culmination of almost five years of hard work and sacrifice. I dedicate this to everybody who has supported us over the years; my family, friends, business colleagues and my dear friend and brother Kaelou who passed away last month and wasn’t able to enjoy this moment with us. I am also very thrilled to represent Zimbabwe and Africa at this level,” he said.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards winners have been chosen, and we have the full list of those musicians taking home statues this Sunday, Feb. 8.
GRAMMY Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List.
Did you favorite artists and/or songs win?
Check out the FULL list of winners, below.
Record of the Year: Sam Smith, Stay With Me
Song of the Year: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith
Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase
Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Best R&B Performance: "Drunk in Love," Beyonce feat. Jay Z
Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase
Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for “Bang Bang,” “Break Free,” “Dark Horse,” “Problem,” “Shake It Off,” “Unconditionally”
Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy
Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread
Best American Roots Song: “A Feather’s Not a Bird,” Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal
Best American Roots Performance: “A Feather’s Not a Bird,” Rosanne Cash
Best R&B Album: Toni Braxton & Babyface, Love Marriage Divorce
Best Urban Contemparry Album: Pharrell Williams, Girl
Best R&B Song: “Drunk in Love,” Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters (Beyoncé feat. Jay Z)
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Jesus Children,” Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Malcolm Jamal Warner & Lalah Hathaway
Best Rap Album: Eminem, Marshall Mathers LP2
Best Rap Song: “I,” K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "The Monster," Eminem feat. Rihanna
Best Rap Performance: “I,” Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "The Monster," Eminem feat. Rihanna
Best Rap Performance: “I,” Kendrick Lamar
Best Comedy Album: Weird Al Yankovich, Mandatory Fun
Best Spoken Word Album: Joan Rivers, Diary of a Mad Diva
Best Blues Album: Johnny Winter, Step Back
Best Alternative Music Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent
Best Rock Song: "Ain’t It Fun," Hayley Williams and Taylor York
Best Metal Performance: "Last in Line," Tenacious D
Best Rock Performance: "Lazaretto,” Jack White
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, Bass and Mandolin
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Say Something,” Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Best Bluegrass Album: The Earls of Leicester, The Earls of Leicester
Best Country Song: "I'm Not Going to Miss You," Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Gentle on My Mind,” The Band Perry
Best Country Solo Performance: “Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood
Best Music Film: 20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Best Music video: "Happy," Pharrell Williams
Best Song Written for Visual Media: "Let It Go," Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat, composer
Best compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers
Best Musical Theater Album: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist)
Best Latin Jazz Album: Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Offense of the Drum
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Life in the Bubble
Best Jazz Instrumental: “Trilogy,” Chick Corea Trio
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dianne Reeves, Beautiful Life
Best Improvised Jazz Solo:: “Fingerprints,” Chick Corea
Best Dance/Electronic Album: “Syro,” Aphex Twin
Best Dance Recording: “Rather Be,” Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
Best Tropical Latin Album: Carlos Vives, Mas + Corazon Profundo
Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Vicente Fernandez, Mano a Mano
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative: Calle 13, Multiviral
Best Latin Pop Album: Ruben Blades, Tangos
Best Roots Gospel Album: Mike Farris, Shine For All the People
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: For King and Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong
Best Gospel Album: Erica Campbell, Help
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “Messengers,” Lecrae feat. For King and Country
Best Gospel Performance/Song: “No Greater Love,” Smokie Norful & Aaron W. Lindsey, songwriters (Smokie Norful)
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: John Luther Adams, Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Best Classical Compendium: Partch, Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Anne Sofie Von Otter, Douce France (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Jason Vieaux, Play
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe, In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores
Best Choral Performance: Craig Hella Johnson, The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Conspirare)
Best Opera Recording: Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphée Aux Enfers
Best Orchestral Performance: John Adams (City Noir)
Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman
Best Surround Sound Album: Beyonce, Beyonce
Best Remixed Recording Non-Classical: “All of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix,” Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)
Best Engineered Album Non-Classical: Beck, Morning Phase
Best Historical Album: Hank Williams, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950
Best Album Notes: John Coltrane, Offering: Live at Temple University
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Jack White, Susan Archie & Dean Blackwood, The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Vol. One (1917-27)
Best Recording Package: Pearl Jam, Lighting Bolt
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) : “New York Tendaberry,” Billy Childs feat. Renee Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Capella: “Daft Punk,” Pentatonix
Best Instrumental Composition: “The Book Thief,” John Williams
Best Children's Album: I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, Eve
Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
Best Regional Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy
Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara

United States-based producer Brian Soko has been credited for co-writing Beyonce Knowles’s popular hit “Drunk in Love”. Soko is a hip-hop and R ‘n’ B music composer and song writer from Zimbabwe. He has hogged the limelight following revelations he was one of the writers of Beyonce’s hit that features her husband Jay-Z.

Credits for the song indicate it was written by Noel “Detail” Fisher, Beyoncé Knowles, Shawn Carter, Andre Eric Proctor, Rasool Diaz, Brian Soko, T.Mosley and J.Harmon.
 Zimbabwean pens song for Beyonce
It appears Beyonce loves to work with Africans in making her music. Some dances on her song “Run This World” were borrowed from a Mozambican group. Soko could be one of the many Africans that have been involved in Beyonce’s music.

The social platforms are booming with many praises for Soko’s great achievement.

“Congrats dude. It is probably the dream of every song writer to co-write with Beyonce.

“You have raised the country flag high bro,” posted Kicksonfire on Facebook.


Well-known local artiste, DJ Naida, tweeted: “So just found out you were part of the production team on Bey’s Drunk in love? TOOO DOPE! ZIM REPPIN!!”

Soko was apparently humbled by the comments and his response was: “Thank you for the love, so appreciated.”

Soko’s works, known on social platforms as “beatsbysoko”, indicate he also worked on a compilation album with the super-group Rich Gang.

“100 Favors”, which features Detail, Birdman and Kendrick Lamar, was also co-written and composed by Soko.

The talented producer has managed to expand his catalogue by working with other prominent African artists such as K.O. from Teargas on a track titled “Mission Statement” and DJ Vigilante’s “Sgelekeqe” that features Ma-E, PRO, Maggz.

“Drunk in Love” debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has generally peaked inside the top 50 positions in most European countries singles chart. It has hit number 10 in the UK – becoming Beyonce’s 17th Top 10 hit on the chart.Its lyrics depict female sexuality as Knowles adopts sensual and confident vocals.
 Zimbabwean pens song for Beyonce
The single’s accompanying music video was directed by Hype Williams and shot in black-and-white in Golden Beach, Miami Last Sunday night Beyonce and Jay Z performed the song at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Herald

Besides Oliver Mtukudzi, top local musicians are struggling to break onto the international market and most of them depend on Zimbabweans in the Diaspora when they go for international shows. Top local performers that include Pastor Charles and Olivia Charamba, Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah and Suluman Chimbetu have toured many countries yet they are still to spread their wings beyond fans of Zimbabwean origin.
The Diaspora puzzle… Top musicians struggle to break through.
It has taken musicians that are not highly-rated at home to fly the flag abroad without necessarily trailing Zimbabwean fans.

Musicians like Mokoomba, Hope Masike and Tariro neGitare as well as mbira groups, Mbira DzeNharira and Mawungira eNharira, have performed at festivals and big stages unknown to top artistes.

Self-exiled singer Thomas Mapfumo did his part before alienating himself from his fans back home.

Names like Bhundu Boys, Stella Chiweshe and Chiwoniso Maraire also made it on the international scene during their time but the current crop of top singers is still to solve the puzzle.

Most of the musicians admit they are facing challenges on their international assignments. They have been trying various tricks to get international recognition.

Sulu’s publicist Joe “Local” Nyamungoma said they are worried about their failure to go beyond the Zimbabwean market in the Diaspora and they have been working hard to win the battle.

“Our international shows have become predictable. It is like preaching the word to the same person over and over again when a preacher should reach to new souls,” said Nyamungoma.

“This year we are working hard to penetrate new markets. That is the main reason why Sulu has fused Dendera with the acoustic guitar and that is why we have been using horn instruments in some of our songs. We want to add that jazzy feel to Dendera so that we reach out to other audiences abroad.

“Our trip to Seychelles showed us that we can entertain fans of various races. It was a carnival and people from different backgrounds came. This year we are looking for such platforms as carnivals and festivals so that we perform to mainly non-Zimbabwean audiences that attend those international platforms and get exposure.”

Jah Prayzah brought good news of reuniting with his Zimbabwean fans during his recent tour of Australia but the musician also used the opportunity to work with some musicians from the country in search of an avenue into that music industry because his shows were dominated by Zimbabweans.

Pastor Charamba says he made his current album “WeNazareta” specifically for audiences abroad. The album did not do well locally because it has a jazzy feel. In defending the change of style, Pastor Charamba said they intended to go beyond the Zimbabwean market.

“The album is made to appeal to other audiences that might not be the traditional followers of Fishers of Men music. When we go out there (for international shows) we have opportunities to reach out to new audiences that might not be the traditional Charamba followers.

“We have learnt from our tours that we also have to do something for the international market so that our music cuts across races and nations. We have been awaiting that breakthrough for sometime and we have to take the challenge. We should not only play for Zimbabweans when we go on international tours.”

Artistes manager and music promoter Spencer “Boss Spencer” Madziya said quality is the answer.

“I believe that quality above everything sells. How the product is packaged and how artistes present themselves. Collaborations with renowned and upcoming artistes in other countries will give us that edge to attract people in those countries besides our brothers and sisters based there.

“For example, when Tuku or Mokoomba tour they have quite a lot of other nationals in attendance because they have packaged their music to attract such audience.

“We also need quality videos that can actually be played on international television stations. Basically, it boils down to investing in the product that we send out there,” said Madziya.

Music critic Fred Zindi said Zimbabwean promoters that hire local musicians for foreign tours target Zimbabwean fans.

“The promoters of these artistes are Zimbabwean, for example, Fungwa Mawarire, Ezra Sibanda, Arthur Janjawa and even our own boxer, Dereck Chisora was involved in promoting Macheso. Who do these promoters know apart from fellow Zimbabweans?

“There are, however, a handful of artistes from Zimbabwe who have broken the international market by performing to large non-Zimbabwean audiences because they were/are handled by European promoters most of whom do not care about the Zimbabwean Diaspora.

“For instance, The Bhundu Boys were handled by Gordon Muir, a Scottish national who was friends with John Peel, a BBC Radio DJ who gave them massive airplay. Rozalla Miller was managed by Chris Sergeant, a British national from Wolverhampton and Mokoomba was connected internationally by Joe Herrmann who dealt with European promoters internationally.

“These European promoters just target the venues they use to promote their other groups. That is what makes the distinction between the audiences the artistes draw.

“Hope Masike is in a precarious position because when she gets into Europe, she performs with a group known as Monoswezi (a combination of musicians from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe).

“Thus the audience is mixed with the majority being European,” said Zindi.

Zindi’s sentiments were echoed by another critic, Memory Chirere, who said lack of international exposure limits our musicians.

“It depends on how much the audiences in other countries know about our musicians. Rhumba was popular here because many people from the country were in countries where it was popular during the liberation struggle.

“When fans in foreign countries are exposed to our music, some will like it. A lot of marketing has to be done internationally for the musicians to breakthrough. Mokoomba was well-marketed globally and made it even when it is little-known back home,” said Chirere.

Mokoomba manager Marcus Gora concurs that their secret was international marketing.

“Mokoomba broke on to the international scene first by winning the talent search, Music Crossroads Inter-regional Awards in Malawi in 2008 and touring Europe in 2009 and 2010.

“The second most important development was the release of their second album, “Rising Tide”, which was produced by the great female bassist Manou Gallo from Ivory Coast and now based in Belgium under the direction of Belgian agency Zigzag World.

This album went on to win numerous awards including the prestigious Songlines Music Awards – Best Newcomer

“The band made a good buzz with these initial tours and this opened doors to future shows.”

Hope Masike, who is currently on a tour of Finland said maintaining a network internationally keeps her going in foreign lands.

“Growing and maintaining a network of people everywhere and working with them on improving music everyday is the answer to international success,” said Masike. Herald

Preparations for the third edition of Pachedu Awards hosted by Simba Group International Limited are at advanced stage. The awards will honour musicians, socialites and celebrities who have excelled in their line of duty, bringing relevance to the community. The prestigious ceremony will be held in London and Harare on February 28.

The Harare version will be only the presentation while the actual ceremony will be in London. For the Harare leg, the night will be hosted by Platinum Entertainment at The House of Sphinx, Cresta Oasis Hotel.
PaChedu Awards beckon
Platinum Entertainment boss Spencer Madziya has confirmed the latest development. “We work in partnership with Simba Group International. Just like what happens on a normal awards ceremony even the just ended Grammy’s had the same scenario, whereby they presented awards to winners who won’t be there but on the same day. It is a case of venues because some of the winners might not have managed to travel. The main ceremony will be at the Quality Skyline Hotel in Luton,” he said.

He said they will present the actual award that is being presented in UK. The other organiser, Millicent Chanetsa, said this year is bigger and better.

“This year we have increased our categories to include social media contributions and community icons as these have immensely ‘in-putted’ in the shaping of the Zimbabwean media as we grasp the internet era that is fast gripping all walks of life,” she said.

Below are the nominees for the music awards:


MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tocky Vybes
Takesure Zama Ncube
Trevor Dongo
Prince Musarurwa
Tariro Negitare
MUSIC SINGLE RELEASE OF THE YEAR
Mwene Wemoyo Wangu – Mangwenya
Ndipe Rudo – Sanii Makhalima
Zvandadiwa – Nox
Yorira Ngoma – Tariro Negitare
Parere Moyo – Cindy

MUSIC ALBUM RELEASE OF YEAR

Kumbumura Mhute – Jah Prayzah
Gunship – Suluman Chimbetu
Mukombe Wemvura – Oliver Mtukudzi
Wenazaretha – The Charambas
Vavhimi – Tsvete

MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE OF THE YEAR
The last commando – S Magacha
Free to worship 2014 live recording
Ndipe Rudo – Sanii Makhalima
Zvandadiwa – Nox
Mhai – Tocky Vybes

MUSIC REMIX TRACK OF THE YEAR
Parere Moyo remix – Cindy and Trey XL
Chinotimba Corruption remix – Dr Clarence
Sahwira Wako – King Shady and Mathias Mhere
Zvidori – MMT (All star remix)
Tsvimbo Yamadzibaba – Tiva Style

MUSIC COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Mangwenya and Prince Kudakwashe Musarurwa – Tikure Murudo
Nox and Mudiwa – Shingirira
Lifechanging Nechavava and Primrose Njewa – Makomborero
Soul Jah Love and Sulumani Chimbetu – Nyuchi
Trevor D, Shyman and Soul Jah Love – African Girl

MUSIC EVENT PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
New Generation Entertainment
Chipaz Promotions
Y2K Promotions
Shamestone Entertainment

HIT SONG OF THE YEAR
Mwene Wemoyo Wangu – Magwenya
Makanika – Jah Prayzah
Kure Kure – Amara Brown and Jah Prayzah
Wongorora – Russel Russo Chiradza
Mhai – Tocky Vybes

ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
ZIM Talent Hunt
Ministry of Tourism Zimbabwe
BodySlam Records
Zimbabwe German Society
The Book Café Harare

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR
Mike Tashaya
David Kuraone Zinyama
Nomathemba P Ndebele
Larry Kwirirayi
Marcelina Chikasha

Organisers of the annual ZimDancehall Awards have come under attack from different circles that feel the decision to select winners through Facebook votes is unfair. The critics say the process will reflect general popularity of artistes other than the value and creativity of their products in respect of requirements of different categories. Many commentators feel the organisers should have a panel of judges made up of music experts that can factually evaluate entries to reward deserving artistes and limit the Facebook platform to categories that reflect popularity such as the People’s Choice Award.
 Dancehall awards under fire
The awards are set for East End Hall on March 6 and nominees have been announced.

“Independent judges with a vast knowledge in music should use their expertise to determine the winners. Resorting to Facebook is not fair since some artistes are not as popular or active on social media. The established artistes with a wider fan base can easily influence the votes in their favour,” said a nominee who requested anonymity.

“I feel this criteria works to the detriment of young musicians who might be talented but are not popular on Facebook. The fans are only supposed to contribute their votes on the People’s Choice Award,” he said.

Another artiste said the Facebook platform could fan animosity between fans of various music camps.

“There has been a war of words between fans from different camps and this process will only increase such cold war. Independent judges should have a say in the awards,” he said.

A Harare-based music critic said the awards need to grow out of controversy and follow standards of many other awards held locally.

“The other awards have judges and people vote in one or two categories. That should be the norm and we expect the dancehall awards to grow from being a platform of controversy to recognise deserving artistes and inspire others in the genre,” he said.

The founder of the awards, Phineas Mushayi recently revealed that they tried to make the selection process as credible as possible by engaging the services of various players and fans.

Social media is awash with pleas from artistes who are using every trick in the book to gather votes.

While Mushayi is on record saying fans had the say in the outcome of the awards, he said they had put in measures to ensure their method was not compromised.

“We gave the fans an opportunity to have a say in the process as a way of motivating them. Their views will contribute a certain percentage while journalists, music promoters and other players in the arts industry will also give their input. There is a panel of judges who will also judge and compile the votes to see who has the highest percentage,” he said.

Mushayi said they were trying everything in their capacity to make the awards – now in their second year – glamorous after having approached a number of sponsors to make the event live up to its billing.

“Talks with different potential sponsors are already underway and we are promising a bigger and better event as compared to the first edition.

“We decided to host the inaugural ZimDancehall Awards in March last year in recognition of the acceptance of the genre as a force to reckon with on the local showbiz scene.”

But despite his assurance, it remains to be seen whether the awards ceremony will not be riddled by violent scenes, drunken behaviour and allegations of “rigging” which have come to associate of the dancehall events and outings in Zimbabwe.

It is also hoped that the event will help in dispelling this negative perception of dancehall music as a genre for misguided and violent youths and also win the hearts of the more mature and business-minded sectors of society.

Some of the popular names on the list of nominees are Tocky Vibes, Lady Squanda, Soul Jah Love and Seh Calaz. Herald

High performance and economical is not something you hear together when you are talking about cars. Well, BMW offers three varieties of hybrid cars offering the same exciting top performance and quality which we associate with the BMW brand, along with reduction in fuel consumption and reduced emissions.

When the first hybrid cars came out, I guess the design and styling was not what the car manufacturers had in mind – they simply looked horrendous. Thankfully that’s changing now as we can see from the range of sexy designs being launched annually. The BMW ActiveHybrid models across their popular 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series range are among the best looking hybrids available in the market now.

3 Series ActiveHybrid Sedan

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is the World’s first BMW full hybrid compact executive saloon and available as a Sport, Luxury or M Sport model. Prices for the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 in the UK starts from £42,145.

As for the technical specs, the ActiveHybrid 3 is powered by a Turbo six cylinder 3 litre (2979cc) VALVETRONIC with Double-VANOS direct injection, in-line petrol engine with a max output of 306hp (let me catch my breath). The engine is mated with BMW's eight-speed automatic transmission. The car stores and draws power when required from a lithium-ion high-performance battery. The electric engine comes on for silent urban driving for approx 1-2 miles with a maximum speed of 37mph. It also automatically recognises when the car is going up a gradient and the boost functions comes on automatically to support the combustion engine. The car also charges by itself when it is going downhill.

5 Series ActiveHybrid

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 powertrain is very similar to that of the BMW ActiveHybrid 3. I have always had a soft spot for the 5 Series models - neither too small nor too large. Just the right size. The ActiveHybrid 5 is significantly more economical and with reduced CO2 emissions. Prices in the UK start from £47,790.

7 Series ActiveHybrid

The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is squarely aimed at those with a taste for luxury but also want to do their bit for the environment. The car is powered by a 3 litre TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. The car features a 0.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. You have the choice of several options to personalise your BMW ActiveHybrid 7 including a choice of paint finishes and extensive range of alloy wheels.

M Sport package

Pictured is the optional 20" M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design for the M Sport model. Prices for the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 start from £66,200.

There are actually several hybrid cars offered by other manufacturers available in the market and many of them cheaper than the BMW models. However, they simply cannot match the performance of the BMW ActiveHybrid models. And when it comes to design and styling, the BMW cars are heads above the competition.


Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
A bid by Sungura artiste Alick Macheso’s estranged wife Tafadzwa Fortunate Mapako to have the monthly maintenance for her upkeep and that of their children increased from $1 030 to $7 130 hit a snag after the High Court dismissed her appeal for failure to file the requisite papers.

The registrar of the High Court dismissed the appeal because Ms Mapako had failed to file the heads of argument within the expected timeframe in breach of the High Court rules.

In a notice for dismissal dated January 30 this year, the registrar said Ms Mapako was expected to have filed her papers between December 4 and December 30 last year but she did not do anything.
A bid by Sungura artiste Alick Macheso’s estranged wife Tafadzwa Fortunate Mapako to have the monthly maintenance for her upkeep and that of their children increased from $1 030 to $7 130 hit a snag after the High Court dismissed her appeal for failure to file the requisite papers.
“I refer to our letter of the 4th of December 2014 in which the appellant (F Mapako) was called upon to file heads of argument by the 30th of December 2014.

“To date, no such heads of argument have been received and accordingly the appeal is hereby dismissed,” reads part of the document.

The registrar of the High Court said he would return the record of appeal to the magistrate’s court for the lower court’s earlier judgment of $1 030 monthly maintenance to be executed.

Harare lawyer Mr Norman Mugiya represented the artiste while Hamunakwadi, Nyandoro and Nyambuya law firm acted for Ms Mapako.

The development has been a victory to Macheso who had been complaining of the exorbitant $7 130 claim.


Last year Harare magistrate Mr Tafadzwa Muvhami gave a $1 030 maintenance order and directed the parties to conduct DNA tests to determine paternity of the children, Alick and Allexyn, on or before June 6, 2014.

However, the tests confirmed Macheso as the father of the children.

In the notice of appeal filed at the High Court Ms Mapako argued that the lower court erred in various respects in slashing her claim.

“The court erred at law by ordering appellant to contribute 50 percent share towards accommodation and utility bills yet the same court correctly made a finding that appellant is unemployed and hence a person of no means.

“The court a quo erred at law by employing the basic necessity as opposed to the lifestyle and social status test in determining the appropriate monetary maintenance for appellant and the two minor children.”

Mapako said the court failed at law when it ruled that she did not need a personal driver even though she did not have a driver’s licence or a car.

At the time, she noted, the same court granted her a fuel allowance.

Mapako says she proved to the court that Macheso could pay $7 130.
A bid by Sungura artiste Alick Macheso’s estranged wife Tafadzwa Fortunate Mapako to have the monthly maintenance for her upkeep and that of their children increased from $1 030 to $7 130 hit a snag after the High Court dismissed her appeal for failure to file the requisite papers.
Magistrate Mr Muvhami rejected several of Mapako’s demands, saying only food, medical, clothing, fuel, accommodation and utility bills were important.

For the children’s welfare, Macheso was ordered to pay $750 ($350 rentals, $200 food, $40 clothes, $50 water, $80 medical and $30 fuel).He was also ordered to pay $280 for Mapako’s food, medicals and clothing, bringing the total to $1 030.

Later on Macheso divorced Mapako and had his maintenance payments downsized to $750 a month to cater for the children. Then he applied for a downward variation citing lowered income and the figure was reduced to $450 per month which is where it now stands. Tweet Pin It

HARARE - Jah Prayzah, who broke National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) records in Bulawayo last year after claiming an impressive haul of four awards, has conceded that the going will be tougher for him this time around.

The Uzumba-born musician has been nominated in just two categories where he is facing stiff competition.

Jah Prayzah, born Mukudzei Mukombe, has been nominated in the Outstanding Song category for the song Kumbumura Mhute where he is competing with Killer T’s Popopopo off the album Tirikumhanya and Tocky Vibes’ Mhai off the album Mhai Singles Collection.

Jah Prayzah braces for tough Nama
Jah Prayzah’s latest album Kumbumura Mhute is in contention for the Outstanding Album Award alongside Tocky Vibes’ Mhai Singles Collection and Suluman Chimbetu’s Gunship.

While delighted to be nominated once more, Jah Prayzah acknowledged the calibre of the musicians he will be up against on Valentine’s Day at 7 Arts Theatre where this edition of Nama will be held was high.

“This time around mudariro mune mamonya pakaipa but zvabuda musarudzo ndozvatinotambira. (There is stiff competition this time around, but I will accept the decisions of the Nama judges),” said the Tsviriyo singer.

The award-winning musician added that being nominated is a victory in itself.

“I appreciate just to be nominated, winning is a bonus. I value being nominated a lot because we have so many impressive musicians in Zimbabwe who are good enough to win awards,” he said.

In Bulawayo last year, Jah Prayzah claimed gongs in the Outstanding Male Musician, Outstanding Album, Outstanding Song and People’s Choice categories.

He also walked away with $2 000 for the four-award haul.

This year’s Nama is dominated by rising dancehall artiste Tocky Vibes who received three nominations.

The youthful musician has been nominated in the Outstanding Male Musician, Outstanding Song and Outstanding Album categories.

For the Outstanding Male Musician Award, Tocky Vibes will square off against Suluman Chimbetu and fellow chanter Shinsoman.

In the Outstanding Song category the Rugare-based artiste’s Mhai will battle it out with Jah Prayzah’s Kumbumura Mhute and Killer T’s Popopopo.

Tumbuka Dance Company has also underlined its dominance in the dance industry by claiming three nominations.

Tumbuka members Stanley Wasili and McIntosh Jerahuni are in contention for the Outstanding Male Dancer award while Maylene Chenjerai is in the running for the Outstanding Female Dancer gong.

In the Outstanding Print Journalist category, Daily News’ Sharon Muguwu will compete against Garikai Mazara (The Sunday Mail) and Tinashe Muchuri (Parade).

The nominations released yesterday are for nine categories which are Dance, Film and Television, Literary Arts, Media, Music, Promoter, Spoken Word, Theatre and Visual Arts.

There are also special awards in the following categories: Arts Service Award, Arts Personality Award and People’s Choice Awards.

Catherine Mthombeni, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe publicist, said in a statement that a new category — The Lifetime Achievement Award — has been added this year.

HARARE - Zimdancehall star Freeman will launch his new 10-track album Varidzi Vezvinhu at Super Label tomorrow night.

Freeman to launch album
The highly —awaited event is also expected to feature fellow dancehall stars like Killer T, Seh Calaz, Kinnah, Dadza D, Guspy Warrior, King Shaddy, Lady Squanda, Daruler and hip-hop artiste Stunner.

Varidzi Vezvinhu, which is a follow-up to New Chapta, features Freeman’s collaborations with Daruler and Celsius. Potential hits on the album include Mashura Patown , the title track Varidzi Vezvinhu, No Surrender and Top Gallis.

Sulu to rock Beit Bridge, Masvingo
Dendera star Suluman Chimbetu, who is currently basking in the popularity of his latest album Gunship, will begin his weekend programme tonight at Ritz Night Club in Masvingo.
Tomorrow night, Suluman’s Gunship will descend on the border town of Beitbridge where he will perform at Eland Restaurant before returning to Harare on Sunday for a joint family show with Peter Moyo and Utakataka Express at Extra Mile Leisure Spot. Daily News

In 2014, Prophet Magaya stirred controversy when he was rumored to have snatched someone’s wife using his spiritual muscle. The story generated a lot of debate within the Christian circles. In the end, the saga was said to be an extortion case against the servant of God. The case was suspended, for that time.

But alas, we reliably informed that the same servant of God actually paid the said sum to silence the involved parties in the case. And this could turn out to be the most secretive church deal to have transpired in Harare. After the aggrieved character had 'confessed to his sin in church' it was left to the Prophet to say, “There is no testimony without test. There is no way we can be where we are without being tested.”

The saga had surfaced in 2014, when Denford Mutashu initiated claims of adultery but later withdrew his claims and confessed openly in church, after withdrawing his court action. He said because of all these difficult life lessons; he had now written a book titled Theme of the Heart.

Prophet W. Magaya and the $500 000 'sweetener' - The saga continues
First things first. Not much is known about Prophet Magaya and his family, except that he is married and has two children. His wife, unlike other spouses does not hold any relevant title other than our loving mother. To those familiar with spiritual ranks, this might arise a stink. If the wife has not title, it means she is less involved in daily church activities. That means, she cannot be involved in counseling and other similar activities. There has been an influx of people seeking deliverance from the church who are accommodated there.

We understand, every person is susceptible to temptations. Without his wife available for counseling, the servant of God could have been overcome by 'lust and committed adultery'. Here, we are not suggesting that it happened but there is an elevated possibility when the prophet is alone and when his wife does not hold any spiritual office and does not exert any influence in the church. And without the aid of his wife, the dear prophet could have fallen, temporarily though.

The prominence that the media focused on the issue could have been two pronged. It might be there was indeed something to report on after the allegedly affair. But due to our underfunded investigative newsrooms, the prophet went ahead and paid a sweetener to silence the man. By the time, the media broke the story, the settlement could have been agreed. $500 000 is much for any man to refuse, even when a wife is concerned. Even when we factor in the extortion theory, anyone who proposed this idea is a 'genius'.

The second preposition could be that, the prophet had become larger than his spiritual office and some political figures sought to shave off his fame. We cannot rule out political interference in the case, considering the proliferation of character assassination that was initiated in the country towards those perceived contrary to some decisions. Prophet Magaya could have been retargeted because he fronted a large group, and his influence was rising each day. Whatever he said, prophetically or otherwise could be translated as the 'bible truth', hence the need to 'silence' him through any means available. Though he seems unscathed by the outcome, the allegations have shaken him and his family.

It remains to the public to either believe the prophet or the testimony offered by the aggrieved man in church because due to experience, we have seen people confessing to lies in order to get financial benefits. The church today is being abused as front to make money and as business ventures while congregates are silenced. - Salvation Press News (SPN).

Entertainment Reporter
The Seh Calaz-Soul Jah Love battle for supremacy continues as the two youthful artistes compete against each other in many categories of the Zim dancehall Awards set for March 6.

They are contesting in Best Male Artiste, Best Collaboration and Best Vocalist categories of the tightly contested awards.
Battle for Zim-Dancehall Awards
Seh Calaz has the most nominations, sitting in six categories while nemesis Soul Jah Love is vying for five gongs.

The inclusion of the People’s Choice Awards to be held on the night makes the race more interesting.


In total, 28 awards will be given on the night as the organisers seem to have gone all out in trying to include “everyone”.

This is seen in the inclusion of categories like Best Dressed Artiste, Most Disciplined Artiste, Best Artiste Manager, Best Colabo Riddim, Best Video Medley and Best Zim Dancehall Online among others.

Below is the list of nominees:


Best Male artiste
Seh Calaz
Tocky Vibes
Winky D
Soul Jah Love
Shinso man

Best Female Artiste

Lady Squanda
Lipsy
Empress Shelly
Darula
Juwela

Best Collabo
Soul Jah Love and Shinsoman – “Hativasiye Vane Nyota”
Seh Calaz and Freeman – “Tapinda MuSummer”
Kinnah and Lady Squanda – “Ndakambopera Tsoka”
Tipsy and Ras Pompy – Change Gear
Yoz and Shinsoman – “Zvidhakwa”

Best Vocalist
Celcious
Seh Calaz
Guspy Warrior
Soul Jah Love
Pinco Spice

Song of the Year
“Mhai” by Tocky Vibes
“Mhamha Devante” by Shinso man
“Paita Party” by Winky D
“Giroriya” Legend Elly
“Kwatinobva Kwakasiyana” by Seh Calaz

Best Social Message

“Simudza Maoko” by Tocky Vibes
“Pazvikona” by Winky D
“Jehovah Mukatisiya” by Killah T
“Mazuvano Kune HIV” by Tally B
“Kuponda Nhamo” by Soul Jah Love

Best Live Performer

Winky D
Dhadza D
Killer T
Kinnah
Ricky Fire

Best Zim dancehall Youngster

Spider
Ras Pompey
Reflex Mausa
Jah Child
Josta

Most Promising Artiste

Kabida
Jerry B
Killer Man
Darula
Rebel

Best Video Medley

“Victaks” (Ladies Edition)
“Pure Niceness”
“Silent Killer”
“Mbare-Chitown”
“High Praises”

Best Album
“Varidzi Vezvinhu” by Freeman
“Silver Bullet” by Sniper Storm
“Wedzera MaWatss” by Guspy Warrior
“There is No Danger” by Ricky Fire
“Still Young” by Kinnah

Best dressed artiste

Winky D
Freeman
Ricky Fire
Terminator
Qonfused

Best Dancehall Dance Crew
Flying Angels
Ghetto Creepers
Flying Legends
Desert Fox
Swag Turn Up

Best Artist Manager
Jonathan Banda (Winky D)
Godfrey Bakasa (Seh Calaz)
Watson Kafela (Freeman)
Chiyangwa (Shinso Man)
Crispy (Terminator)

Best Conscious Song
“Tokwe Mukosi” by Ras Caleb
“Wings from Jah” by Kinnah
“Mamutsa Zvirere” by Jerry B
“Be Strong” by Curtis B
“Dzirikohama” by Tocky Vibes

Best mix tape
Volume 17 by Garry B
“Zim dancehall to the world by DJ Staera
Volume 18 by Judgment Yard

Best club DJ

Garry B
Flevah
Cables
Fidel
Sadiki
“One Clan” by Chillspot
“Bodyslam” by Bodyslam Records
“Sunshine” by Sunshine
“Voice” by Mount Zion Records
“High Praises” by Cashlibs

Best Conscious Riddim

“Y2K” By Y2K Productions
“Silent Killer” by Sunshine
“Pure Niceness” by Chillspot
“Ice n Roses” by Ice and Roses
“Step Up” by Kutso

Best Colabo Riddim

“Cashlance” by Cashlibs and Vigilance
“Madlevel” by Jeepers Mad P (JMP) and Levels (Chillspot)
“Chillslam” by Chillspot and Bodyslam
“Mbare-Chitown” by Givenchy and Equation

Zim dancehall Ambasador
Freeman
Killah T
Judgement Yard
Soul Jah Love
Lady Squandah

Zim dancehall Artiste (Diaspora)
Jusa Dementor
Miz Dee
Buffalo Soldier
Jah Hanief
Teban C

Best Zim Dancehall Video
“Chimakanika” by Tally B
“Manika” by Viviun
“Bata Ruoko Rwangu” by Freeman
“Inini” by Qonfused
“Ndinochema” by Seh Calaz

Best Club Hit Song
“Tasanganazvidhakwa” by Yoz and Shinsoman
“Tocky aenda nenyika” by Tocky Vibes
“Kana uchitiunotamba” by Ricky Fire
“Hatimisike” by Seh Calaz

Most Improved Artiste

Tally B
Platinum Prince
Terminator
Legion
Magical

Most Disciplined Zim Dancehall Artiste
Kinnah
Cello Culture
Jay Cee
T Makwikwi
Tally B

Best Zim Dancehall Online
Slim Dogz
Zim Intertainment
Dr Clarence
Ta International
Propa Bless
King Alfred
Chris Digital

People’s Choice awards


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