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Australia?? Yes, for some reason best known to the organisers, Australia gets to have an entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. No, I don't understand it either but then we've had Israel, Turkey and Russia, as well as lots of USSR states of old too. I've always thought Russia's inclusion was stretching 'Europe' a bit but when they were being friendly and co-operative and all was sweetness and light it seemed OK. Israel has always been a curious entry too but you don't like to argue with either Israel or Russia do you?

Anyway, here are the last six entries. These all get automatic passes to the Final and so can chuck whatever rubbish they please at us and many time in previous years some have done just that. Not having to get votes to participate in the Final took away some of the care in choice of song sometimes. Again, I feel a couple of nations didn't try that hard. Make your own mind up.

Australia


There's a vaguely Bruno Mars sound and beat to this. It's an OK pop song and pretty modern but not very memorable or interesting. All at the same tinny volume. No shade. I guess it's all sunshine in Australia. The singer looks as though he might be part aboriginal which is neither one thing nor the other but it did make me realise that I hadn't seen a single non-white face throughout all the performances I've seen so far.

I don't think Australia will do terribly well. They may squeeze into the Top Ten on votes from people intrigued as to why they're in the competition - a sort of welcome or thank you gesture like you give the host nation.

Austria


They've got another performer with long hair and a beard but this one is a bloke. A pretty solid, passionate performance although the falsetto bit didn't do much for me. All competent enough but unlikely to fare well and it'll just be the nods of votes for the host nation that'll keep them off the lower tranches of the listing.

France**

A strong and well-sung ballad in traditional French style. I think it is about the war and destruction of a village on the coast somewhere. I like French female singers and this is a pretty classic example although she is a bit older than the 60s ones I admire most. A few years ago France had a tremendously good song that the singer messed up on the night and it fell from being favourite that evening to bottom later that night. If this lady does well and she can somehow connect a bit better with the voters than she does in the video then France could do well this year.

Germany

German girls singing in English have a strange accent but that didn't harm Nicole a few years ago. This is a tedious track. Doesn't stand a chance, I'm afraid, despite the girl's intense efforts. There's just nothing there. Compare this to the preceding and following tracks.

Italy^***

I am sure I have heard of Il Volo before. That's more than I can say of any of the other acts this year. This group sing superbly and it is a good song too, in good, classic Italian style. The video is annoyingly totally irrelevant and puts one off the track rather than drawing us into it so that may mean it comes across better as the guys do it live on stage. If the voters are in a slightly more classic mood then Italy will easily take the prize this year. They are a definite contender. One of very few.

Spain^***

I have loved Spain's entries recently, especially last year's by Ruth Lorenzo and an earlier year which had a video with a horse and a pretty girl that I thought was amazing but not many others did. Here we have a very attractive blonde and a strong song too. It's good Euro stuff this and ought to make the Top 10 but votes for Spain have been few and far between for reasons I don't understand in the past.

United Kingdom^***

Well, when I first heard this I thought it was fun and UK doing something a bit brave and definitely an improvement on the annoyingly formulaic 'message' song of last year. We used to do so well in this competition but after several very dull years of ancient pop stars, dull performers and average groups we have become too accustomed to finishing up well on the right side of the board. This, I believe, will bring us back where we belong and should be a certain Top 10 and, for the first time in ages, I believe we have a serious chance of winning. It's a 20s or 30s tune, and if the two main singers do it well and have some nice backing there so that some effort to reproduce the video is feasible then they will get support from the voters.
Unless we have offended anyone we ought to do well. Oh, Russia. And that means null points from quite a few other nations too.

So, that's it. There go all this year's entries. 10 will be selected from each of the Semi Finals and then those 20 with these 7 will perform in the Final. Looking at the betting odds, there are predictions that some good entries might fall in the Semis which could have a serious impact on the overall results. I have y ideas as to the few potential winners now but the Top 10 eludes me at the moment. It's going to be a tough year and I may have to make several changes if the Semi Finals mess up my plans!

More about that later.




You can see all the second group of entries here. The remaining automatic qualifiers will be in my next post. You do have to remember that in videos the performers get several opportunities to get things right, they have backing tracks and all sorts of extra things available that simply won't be there on the stage for their live show. Some will manage fine and seem to be straight recordings of performances but others are heavily edited and show story lines that will be lost on the night.

Lithuania^

A classic boy + girl entry that could have been from the 90s. It's a jolly affair and you'll remember two things: Round and round and round we go  and a kiss in the middle. Maybe a charming embrace at the end too which will gain them a few votes as you can't help but feel good with this one. Lithuania have had a pretty miserable showing so far but this ought to get them a place and maybe even in the Top 10 if the voters are in the mood.

Ireland

Always (if you exclude the chicken) good songs and always (if you exclude JEdward) well performed from Ireland who used regularly to be up there on the left side of the board every year but who seem to have suffered recently for no reason I can explain. They have some wonderful singers and song writers. This is a very good album track but not something that will win Eurovision. It's quite mournful and I wonder whether she'll even get through the Semi Final.

San Marino***

This nation struggles to get into the Final most years. They have made some excellent efforts but perhaps they haven't many friends. I like the way this song builds. It's quite clever and has a message. It ends a bit too quickly but could be popular.

Montenegro^*

Girl with violin. Another girl with a balalaika or something like that. This is good and traditional Yugoslav stuff. the bloke in earrings and a jumper and jeans sings in Slav too. The four girls are very attractive. So far this stands out as the only 'national' entry of the old style that ever Balkan country used to enter. For that reason, if it stays unique, it'll be there and should do well.

Malta

I think I have been a fan of almost every Malta entry over the years. I don't dislike this one but it doesn't seem to have any hook or rhythm that we can hang on to. It's sort of hard work and they may struggle to make the Final. She tries to get us on board at the end but may have left it too late.

Norway^

This is serious stuff. Excellent singers but they don't have the most watchable faces. It is a fascinating song and a very strong entry. It is the first track I've heard that is a potential winner. The video, whilst completely irrelevant to the competition, is disturbing.

Portugal***

Engaging rebel girl singer. Great track and performance but I am not sure how popular she will be across Europe. A few missed notes on her video don't augur well but I like it for all that. I doubt if it'll get anywahere.

Czech Republic

A serious number from two good singers. Both have large chests. It's a boring song and the bloke is a bit too gravelly. All the chord changes are there and it almost ticks all the boxes but i don't see it going far. Th local nations will like it but that's about it.

Israel*

Something modern after a lot of heavy stuff from this batch of entries. Israel can do catchy. Too much of an 80s feel though in the lyrics. I'm A Golden Boy | Come Her To Enjoy | Before I leave | Let Me Show You Tel Aviv. Oh dear.

Latvia

This gets an award for the most unusual start. A curious track. It needs to be performed as well live if it's to work, though. Latvia is one cool nation for music but the girl's voice is just a little tinny and this is maybe too avant garde for Eurovision. I wish her well but doubt it'll get far.

Azerbaijan^**

One of the most consistent in Top 10 appearances in recent years and also often chasing the leader for a while on the voting board, Azerbaijan have a knack of picking good tracks for Eurovision and a lot of money to give to juries if necessary. Once more they've done well but once more it will not be quite good enough for #1. This gets a bit messy as it progresses so may not make the Top 10 this year, despite its chord change and choir joining in towards the end.

Iceland^****

One Step At A Time. Repeat. Not the Michael Ball track thank Heavens, though. This has more of an Emilie DeForest feel and look about it with the bare feet and off-white dresses. I suppose in Iceland there's too much white around already. It's a good pop song, if a bit repetitive. Many will like it and it is another that I think has an outside chance for the #1 spot.

Sweden^***

The current favourite. Fantastic video but try to imagine the guy singing with no special effects. On of just a few modern tracks this year. It's OK but a winner? I don't think so. Top 10 yes. That We Are The Heroes Of Our Time is pretty catchy. The guy is a strong performer and good-looking. So maybe.

Switzerland***

Quite a good song. It races along and has a modern feel with nice guitar backing. the singer is good and if she performs that well on stage this ought to bring Switzerland back into the competition. My Time To Shine.

Cyprus^***

A gentle ballad of a style that is easy listening and pretty pleasant without being boring. It is a real song with real lyrics. It may seem a little bland when compared to many of the other entries but, funnily enough, that could be its strength. Nice track. I'm predicting a bit of a surprise from Cyprus with this one. As long as the voters stay awake, that is.

Slovenia**

Europop but none the worse for that. Effective Lulu sound-alike singer gets it across well and will presumably have more clothes on in the her live performance. Slovenia normally hardly get off the bottom of the betting lists but this deserves a few votes. Their best entry for a while.

Poland*

A gentle runalong song by a nice singer. It's all just a bit 'nice' and that's all. It is quite predicatble and boring. Rather over-produced too. The video is good with an unexpected twist at the end. I won't give that away but if it turns out actually to be the case with this singer then that could well bring a few extra votes. Not enough to do that well though.

OK, that's all the nations that have to compete to get in the final. There are no obvious stand-out winners yet. So that means UK may have a chance after all! I often have trouble whittling down entries to reach a predicted Top 10 but this year I am having trouble actually finding 10. There are still the Big 5 + Australia, however.









Yes, it's that time again. All the entries can be seen and listened to and we can start to try and figure out whether there might be any surprises, just how good is that favourite and I can do some very complicated sums to ensure that I don't lose any money.

The video link above plays all the 16 entries in the first semi final. I may select a few later and promote them as my own tips for the Top 10 but for the time being I shall just add a few comments on each below.

This may be all you ever hear from me about many of them!

Moldova

They've made a reasonable effort with this average 80s style song. It's not Wendy James, though, and just doesn't stand out, probably not making the final.

Armenia*

An interesting song that tells a story with a Celine Dion sound-alike, a younger girl and some serious bloke. A well-written track with a fine strong ending but I am not sure it'll grab the attention and votes it will need.

Netherlands**

Why yiy yiy yiy. There, you'll remember that bit. Not quite the class act of last year's marvellous Common Linnets' runner-up but the low lands are trying again. With a decent female singer, neither young nor blonde, it has a catchy phrase or two but it doesn't win any awards for its lyrics. I sort of like it and do wish them well, although I am not totally sure why yiy yiy.

Finland*

I remember Lordi winning and this sounds just like them, several years older. A bunch of strange old folk. They are all said to have learning disabilities, whatever that means. Brave effort and I don't think we have ever had this sort of entry before although some may have been verging on the insane. It's a punk band of sorts but not a memorable track other than visually being so weird. They ahve got a lot of early attention, though, and I suspect they my pick up quite a few votes just for the effort made. Remember last year's winner probably gained a significant proportion of votes for the statement being made rather than the song or singing. I dislike it but can't discount it.

Greece*

Breathless Maria-Elena seems to be trying too hard. Greece always do seem to be in or near the Top 10 and ought to repeat that again with this solid song. It's not spectacular and gets quite confusing towards the end as you're not sure quite where the song is going. She certainly makes the most of the title. It's not a winner, though. If you want a pretty blonde in a nice dress, choose Russia.

Estonia***

The first three star track I've heard. A good song, with two excellent contestants who seem to know what they're doing. Why didn't you wake me up? should have been the title but it isn't. And the bloke's called Stig so he has to do well! I'm not sure it is a winner but I'll do my bit to promote it and see what happens.

Macedonia*

They've struggled in this competition so far. This is much better, nice although not very memorable. It could be one of those that surprises us all later.

Serbia^

One of those songs with a message that people tend to like in Eurovision. It is quite strong. I can see this getting a good bit of support although I am not sure how popular Serbia is these days. I don't like it much at all but it has a similar quality to last year's winner from Austria that may suit the current Eurovision mood. First pretty definite Top 10 contender.

Hungary^****

The first Top 10 likely entry that I enjoyed. A clever song, also with a message. I like the way it builds and if the individuals can repeat that excellent performance effectively on stage live then they'll get support. It all works well with 4 minutes on a video but with a silent background and just 2 minutes it may just fail. A possible surprise for everyone as it sits at over 900-1 at the time of writing!

Belarus**

No. From the start. Good violin, though. Then it starts to get catchy so perhaps it may have a chance after all.

Russia^**

Nice blonde girl with strange focus effects in the video that emphasis her blue eyes but also slightly disorts her mouth in a disturbing way. This is, though, a very strong song and she will, hopefully, be back in proper focus on the stage. You get the feeling Russia really do want to win this and, with more control over the venue for 2016, they can put a stop to all this beard rot. There is just something missing in this song to make it really special so I see it easily making Top 10 (subject to my not finding another 10 in the ones I've yet to hear) but not the top spot. Politics always seem to help Russia although this year hasn't seen them quite as warmly appreciated across Europe and could affect votes. Ukraine are nowhere to be seen this year. The song ends a bit strangely too.

Denmark^***

A relaxed pop song with a likeable lead singer. This is the first that I would expect to appeal to younger viewers who have largely been overlooked so far. In the absence of any competition for their votes it could do well but I wonder if it is interesting enough to win. Much depends on how well the group can perform this live. Denmark have really been finding good tracks recently. Likely Top 10.

Albania*

A good entry, well sung and written, but lacking something we can hang on to and remember. It's a pity as she tries hard to convince us to vote.

Romania

I just don't know what to say about this one. They start by going for the gentle, scenic ballad that often does well here and it then turns into quite a reasonable pop song. In many ways it's quite appealing. But will it even make the final? I just don't know.

Georgia

A hard-looking woman, the sort that used to be all over Eurovision entries a few years ago. They were either gorgeous, soft and blonde or super-fit raven-haired, black-eyed tough women that were sexy but in a frightening way. This is top volume, top speed stuff from start to finish but it still just passes me by. They need Katie Melua back.

So that's the first Semi Final. I will look again at some of these. I haven't spotted an obvious winner amongst these. The bookies have Estonia, Finland and Russia making the Top 10 at present. In that order but none are favourites.



UNITED Kingdom–based Victor Masimba Takadiwa, who had a fling with Afro-jazz sensation Pah Chihera in the past, has reportedly leaked a self–recorded video clip of a whimpering Pah Chihera begging for reconciliation.

The one-minute and 12 seconds video clip, which was apparently recorded two years ago at the height of their affair, has gone viral on social networks like WhatsApp, Facebook and You Tube. It is reported that Pah Chihera is now in a relationship with someone who is preparing to marry her.

Sources close to the developments say the video leakage was meant to destroy the joy she has found in this new relationship.
Pah Chihera speaks on leaked video and how she begged boyfriend to forgive her.
Although the jazz musician declined to give details about the matter, sources said Takadiwa allegedly leaked the clip to spite Pah Chihera after her refusal to feature on his forthcoming riddim that is being produced by Mount Zion Records.

A Riddim is a Jamaican Patois pronunciation of the English word rhythm, produced so that a musician would come up with lyrics to go with the beat.

In the video, a sobbing Pah Chihera is featured apologising to Takadiwa for having done him wrong and asking him to give her a second chance.

“Hi Victor, I miss you and what I am asking from you is a second chance, Victor. I promise I will change and will not hurt you again,” she said.
According to the clip, it appears as if Takadiwa had allegedly ordered Pah Chihera not to talk to someone only identified as Ronny, but she disobeyed.

“I admit what I did was wrong I promised that I will not talk to Ronny, I have changed and will not hurt you again. All I am just asking from you is a second chance; I promise I will never hurt you,” she said.

Many questions have been posed with some suggesting that it might be a publicity stunt by Pah Chihera, but the musician denied such allegations.

Speaking to the news crew yesterday, the Runonzi Rudo hit maker said she sent the video to Takadiwa two years ago during their short -lived relationship.

“I don’t want to talk much about that video since it is a forgotten and closed chapter in my life. I am in a serious relationship with my husband-to-be so I don’t want to talk about my past,” Pah Chihera said.

Sources allege that Takadiwa has been pestering the musician for some time so as to reconcile.

“This is a long story and I know how it all started. These guys (Pah Chihera and Victor) dated, but the relationship did not last because of distance, among other issues, and Pah Chihera is the one who decided to call it quits and this did not go down well with Victor,” said one source.

Efforts to get a comment from Takadiwa, were unsuccessful.

Source: NewsDay

SANDRA Ndebele launched her seventh album at the Large City Hall in Bulawayo Thursday evening with SMEs minister Sithembiso Nyoni among the guests at the colourful event.

The dancer and singer was supported by Jah Prayzah and Jeys Marabini among other atists as she launched the ten track album ‘Izenzo’ which she describes as a reflection of the people of Zimbabwe and their identity.
Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album
Speaking in interviews ahead of the launch, the energetic dancer and cultural ambassador said the album gives a new feel to her old flavour in order to appeal to a wider and different audience.

“I’m just looking at things and how we behave as people in the society. I have tried to tackle most human activities in the album,” she said.

“People must look forward to numerous shows from me since I’m going to be on stage full time promoting my album.

“I’m also going to hold joint shows with some artists I have featured on the album.”

Below are some pictures from the event …
Putting on a show ... Sandra Ndebele performs with Jah Prayzah

Well done ... Minister Sithembiso Nyoni congratulates Sandra Ndebele's husband

Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album

Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album

Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album

Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album

Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album

By Mbongeni Msimanga
He is famous for taking part in Zimbabwe’s first ever television soap opera, Studio 263 that premiered in September 2002 and became very popular with the country’s populace, but amid his celebrated life he still longs for real love and real family life that his acting career has somehow denied him all these years.
Stephen Chigorimbo who played the role of John Huni in the soap opera — Studio 263.
This is the story of the witty Stephen Chigorimbo who played the role of John Huni in the soap opera — Studio 263.

He is celebrated by many people as an icon, a director, script writer and actor par-excellence not only in the Zimbabwean film industry but internationally as well.

But reality still remains to haunt him. That his passion for the film industry has robbed him of a decent family life and decent relationships as it has forced him through three divorces — a fact he attributes to love and dedication to his job that saw him spend less time with family.

“I have gone through three divorces because I always travel all over the world. Maybe it is because I have not been able to settle down with my family because of the dedication that I have for my work,” said Chigorimbo in an interview with Sunday Leisure.

At 63 and successful in the film industry, he probably regrets his past that has also seen him go through a bad patch with his eldest son as he revealed he was not in talking terms with him.

With 14 children to his name, he still insists that more could have been done to have better relationships with his children amid the glitz and glamour of acting that saw him get lost in the trivial celebrity life and associated behaviour.

“I still believe that I could have saved my past relationships, but acting has been a vocation and vocations cost. It creates problems as I am forced to be all over. I am a father of 14 children and at the moment I am not in talking terms with my eldest son because he always says I was never there during the important moments in his life,” he said.

As the film industry is surrounded by attractive women who are eager to make a name, successful directors and actors of his nature are an easy target to young actresses.

Chigorimbo said so much talent had been lost in the film industry because of such behaviour as young women are desperate to make a career and readily offer anything to the directors.

“It is so painful to see that we have lost so much talent in the film industry because of these young girls who are desperate to make a name for themselves. These young girls target directors in the film industry and offer their bodies in exchange for anything,” he said.

Evidently to him the “bus of a proper marriage” has passed and he is still married to his job, something that has seen him writing his latest offing, Shawasha Hills, a soap opera that has 65 episodes.

Or perhaps he believes in Margaret Mitchel’s words that, “I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.”

And so he never sought to mend his broken relationship with any of his ex-wives.
The man who strongly believes in God hopes the new offering would be a success given his previous record.
Stephen Chigorimbo who played the role of John Huni in the soap opera — Studio 263.
“I have a new soap opera that I am working on — Shawasha Hills and I have just finished writing the 65 episodes of the film. I believe that they will be a success as this is not an experiment,” said Chigorimbo.

Although he is heavy in the heart and passionate about the Zimbabwean film industry, Huni as he was affectionately known lamented the death of the film industry and called for support from Government in order to revitalise it.

In light of the lack of Government funding and support in the entire arts industry in Zimbabwe, the veteran actor said there was a need for a film commission to be launched whose main mandate would be to source and avail financial resources for the film sector.

“Zimbabwe has great potential in making its film industry a competitive one just like Hollywood but the lack of a film commission which can co-ordinate funding and resources for it to reach dizzy heights is missing,” said Chigorimbo.

Chigorimbo was born on 6 April 1951. His career in the film industry started in 1974 when he featured in the film, Whispering Death.

He has worked on productions such as Cry Freedom, King Solomon’s Mines and Mandela, that have been successful world over. The Sunday News

Freeman Razemba Senior Reporter
United Family International Church yesterday received a certificate of appreciation from Harare City Council following a clean-up campaign they embarked on in the city last Sunday.

Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife Ruth last week joined thousands of church members in a clean-up campaign in Harare, which covered the city’s business area. The clean-up campaign was supported by the Harare City Council, which provided 17 refuse trucks.

The church members were divided into 30 groups comprising hundreds, with each group assigned to a bus termini or streets to sweep and pick up litter.
Prophet Makandiwa receives a certificate of appreciation from Harare City Council
The certificate was handed over to UFIC Pastor Prime Kufakunesu by City of Harare director of works Engineer Philip Pfukwa during a church service in Harare yesterday.

Pastor Kufa later handed over the certificate to Prophet Makandiwa.

“We were caught by surprise by the prophet last week. We really appreciated what you did last week and that is why as council, we want to say thank you. There is a lot which you did and it sent a strong message to the nation,” he said.

Eng Pfukwa said they were facing serious challenges as they sought to address the issue of garbage in and around the city.

“Let’s respect our country and let’s not litter everywhere,” he said.

Pastor Kufa said it was a good thing that the authority had appreciated the work they had done to clean up the city.

“On behalf of Prophet Makandiwa and Prophetess Makandiwa and the whole family, we would like to say thank you for saying thank you. Harare City council have shown that they are different from other people out there.

“There are some people who have been helped by the church and have never come back to say thank you,” he said.

Prophet Makandiwa said everyone had a role to play in making sure that the city was clean by avoiding throwing away litter.

“I want to also thank you for a wonderful opportunity given to us. I was told yesterday (Saturday) that you were going to be here today. I was so happy but at the same time I was not comfortable with my spirit because I never expected to be thanked for doing what is right.

“I believe that we are also responsible for the littering that we see in the city.

“And if you look at our council they have a lot of developmental responsibilities upon them and cleaning up of the city is just a minor section and we have overburdened them by allowing them to do things that we can do ourselves. I wouldn’t want to look as if we are helping them but as citizens we are also helping our- selves.” Herald

Tafadzwa Zimoyo Entertainment Reporter
Popular artistes Tocky Vibes, Winky D and Seh Calaz dominated the Zim dancehall awards night held last weekend at East End Hall in Harare after walking away with three gongs each.

The awards ceremony was a resounding success for the genre that is normally associated with negativity and violence.

Although the event started late, it went on well and there were no cases of violence at the function.
Tocky Vibes, Winky D and Seh Calaz dominate the Zim dancehall awards
Tocky Vibes walked away with Best Male Artiste, Best Social Message and Song of the Year awards while Winky D, who was last year’s biggest winner, got Best Dressed, Honorary and Best Live Performer awards.

Winky D, popularly known as the Ninja President, who was clad in a red suit, matching shoes and hat thanked his fans for supporting and voting for him.
Tocky Vibes continued with his awards string after taking gongs at the NAMA and PaChedu awards.

Seh Calaz, who dominated the nomination list, was awarded the Best Video, Best Club Hit and Best Vocalist accolades.

His manager,Godfrey Bakasa, affectionately known as Vokal Mubhanditi, lost the Best Manager award to Jonathan Banda, who manages Winky D.

Bakasa, who was called on stage by Seh Calaz when he won the Best Club Hit, said the awards should be awarded on merit.

“I have worked very hard and these awards should given on merit,” said Bakasa angrily, apparently suggesting that he should have won the Best Manager Award.

Dancehall queen Lady Squanda walked away with the Best Female award for the second year running.

In her speech, the musician said as artistes they deserve better than a mere gong.

“I thank you all for supporting me, but to the organisers, we deserve better than this cheap gong,” she said.

Popular local radio station Star FM scooped the Best Radio Station Supporting Zim dancehall while honorary awards went to Winky D, Dhadza D and DJ Smiley.

Among the 27 categories, this year had some surprises after recording ties on some of the awards that include Best Dressed Award, Best Social Message, Best Collaboration and Best Collabo Riddim.

The colourful event, which was a major improvement from last year’s affair, started late but went on well.

The well-decorated and choreographed ceremony started with live interviews and red carpet moments for those with VIP, VVIP invites and nominees.

The show’s entertainment line-up was opened by Ras Caleb while Most Improved Artiste winner Terminator managed to put up a scintillating performance.

One of the followers of the awards applauded organisers for a good event.

“I believe this edition was different from last year’s edition. I think people have a bad perception when it comes to dancehall music. People expected it to be violent and unprofessional. Although they started late, I enjoyed the show,” said Innocent Muswere, a fan of Zim dancehall.
Tocky Vibes on his knees after receiving one of his awards
Below is the list of winners:

Best Club DJ — DJ Fleva

Best Dance Group — Flying Angels

Best Zim dancehall Online — King Alfred

Best Vocalist — Seh Calaz

Best Radio Station On Supporting Zim dancehall — Star FM

Best Dressed Performer — Winky D and Ricky Fire

Best Album – Silver Bullet by Sniper Storm

Best Social Message — Simudza Maoko, Tocky Vibes and Nhamo — Jah Love

Best Youngster — Spiderman

Most Promising Artiste — Jerry B

Best Artiste Diaspora — Buffalo Souljah

Most Disciplined Artiste — Kinnah

Best Conscious Song — Tokwe Mukosi — Ras Caleb

Best Conscious — Pure Niceness- Chillspot

Riddim Of The Year — Body Slam- Body Slam Records

Best Video — Ndinochema — Seh Calaz

Best Medley Video — Viktaks (Ladies Edition)

Best Collaboration — Soul Jah Love & Shinso — Hativasiye Vane Nyota

Song Of The Year — Mhai Tocky Vibes

Most Improved Artiste — Terminator

Best Artiste Manager — Mr Banda: Winky D

Best Collabo Riddim — Madlevel: Jmp and Chillspot

Zim dancehall Ambassador — Freeman

Best Live Performer — Winky D

Best Mixtape — Garry B Volume 16

Best Club Hit song — Hatimisike: Seh Calaz

Best Female Artiste — Lady Squander

Best Male Artiste — Tocky Vibes.
Herald

Land Rover will show off their the 2016 Model Year Range Rover Evoque at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, confirming rumours that the Range Rover Evoque Convertible will go into production.


A video was recently released which features the disguised prototype of the compact SUV exploring the underground tunnels of London’s crossrail, which are still under construction. Price of the new Evoque is expected to be around £40,000.

Tawanda Marwizi Arts Correspondent
Gospel musician Mathias Mhere’s six-year marriage has apparently long been a stormy one. The choppy ride over racy mobile phone messages did not start with the exposure of wife Susan Dzinamarira’s alleged affair with Mhere’s friend Gift Mahlupeka recently.

This has been revealed by a source close to the couple who said that Mhere has been involved in extra-marital affairs long before this. This led Dzinamarira to seek an end to the marriage in May last year after she found messages on Mhere’s phone that revealed a passionate affair with another woman.
Mhere extra-marital affair details emerge
“Mhere could not find his phone in the house. He turned on the wife and even threatened to beat her up thinking that she had taken it. He went so ballistic that Susan’s suspicions arose even though she had not taken his handset.

“By coincidence, she found it (the phone) when she was cleaning the house and remembering her husband’s behaviour she went through his messages and discovered that he was seeing another woman, Mavis, who happens to have been his backing vocalist at that time,” the source revealed.

“The messages were sexually explicit and in one Mhere was requesting Mavis to refer to him as her husband. In another he was clearly referring to a past sexual encounter and in yet other messages he was describing his wish list pertaining to future encounters.”

Mavis features on Mhere’s third album “Nguva Yenyasha” and has since left the group and is now a married mother of one. Susan did not attend the launch of the DVD, and the source says that it was because that was when she had just discovered the affair.

The source informed this paper that Dzinamarira then approached lawyer Mr Charles Kwaramba and instructed her to file for divorce.

Contacted for comment, Mr Kwaramba confirmed that Dzinamarira was his client and that she did engage him in May last year although he was not at liberty to discuss the matter which was confidential.

“All I can say is that the issue was settled amicably without involving the courts,” he stated. According to our source, some meetings were held at the lawyer’s office during which Mhere admitted his perfidy and promised to reform.

“Susan decided not press for divorce after Mhere begged her to reconsider so the two could try to make their marriage work. I think he did not want to be exposed as a womaniser as it would harm his brand of a clean living and humble gospel musician,” the source alleged.

But, according to the source, this was not the only affair that Mhere had and promised to give us further details in due course.

Dzinamarira declined to confirm or deny the allegations. “Who has been talking to you? I cannot say anything about these matters right now,” she said.

Similarly, Mhere could not be drawn to comment on the matter: “I can’t comment on that issue. Maybe if you call me in the afternoon,” he said before hanging up. Herald

SHE has no album to her name, just a string of singles and collaborations —yet she is immensely popular. Since her father’s death a few years ago, she established herself, first as a talented dancer and later on as a gifted vocalist and an exceptional stage performer.

Like an onion which has multiple layers — life continues to peel her off, revealing more of the talent that is obviously embedded in her DNA. Ammara Brown, just like her late father Andy, is without doubt endowed with multiple artistic talents, from music writing and singing to being a genius with any musical instrument.

But just like her father, the vivacious beauty is no stranger to controversy. One is tempted to think that like other artistes, she thrives on it, what with the admission by gospel musician Mathius Mhere that he stage managed the recent controversy involving his wife and best friend just to enhance album sales and get more popular.
Behind the face, glitz

So as she announced a few weeks ago on social networks that her secretive romance with Zimbabwe’s favourite bad boy Rockford “Roki” Josphats had ended, the story became fodder for tabloids, gossip columns and prime time radio discussions.

As the story was dying down, she stoked the fires, posting several posts that were viewed by most as a veiled attack at her former flame, Roki.

She set Twitter on fire with successive posts like “If your person has insane tantrums and mood swings and blames it on exhaustion or manic depression he needs God or a doctor, not you!

“If your family, closest friends and even work colleagues think your person is an abusive douche bag — guess what — he is so abort mission.

“If you begin to lose business or money because of your relationship — abort mission. If your man is constantly accusing you of cheating on him, when you are not: News Flash: he is cheating on you!

Unsure whether this was one of Ammara’s games or indeed a venting of anger, The Sunday Mail Leisure sought a comment from the diva, but she was not only evasive but dismissive as well.

Surprisingly, she turned around a few days later and extended an invitation for an interview at her home. Dressed in a short, revealing summer dress, bare feet and braless — the 26-year-old beauty opened her doors to this publication.

“I needed you guys to come and see that I’m just a normal young mother trying to eke out a living in the cut-throat Zimbabwean music industry,” she said as her three-year-old son, Khameel, ran around the house, constantly disrupting the interview with all kinds of requests and generally giving his mother a hard time.

Being a single mother.

The diva says she has made it her mission to teach her son the dos and don’ts so as to prepare him for tomorrow.

“Right now he is learning who Ammara Brown is on television and in newspapers. He knows my friends and colleagues like uncle Tendai (Tehn Diamond) and aunty Cynthia (Mare).

“Recently I took him to the Nama rehearsals — I was so happy he could be a part of it. I want him to feel it. I want to groom him and prepare him for the life differences caused by the life choices I have made.

“As I was growing up people would say ‘she thinks she is special because she is Andy Brown’s daughter’ — that is what he will face and he has to be ready. I just hope God will give me time to see him into manhood. I love him to bits.

I want my son to feel like its family time when we are in a rehearsal. He is going to become what I groom him to be. I have to show him what is normal and what is not,” she said.

She says unlike other single parents who deny their children a chance to know their absent parent; she has cultivated her son’s relationship with her father.

“His dad is an Angolan Catholic who is based in South Africa while my son like me is Muslim. But that does not stop us from communicating using Skype, Viber or whichever means available to us. I have to make sure that he knows that his father is there and loves him.
The Roki factor

With the relationship having been announced through Facebook by controversial rapper, Maskiri, it was always going to be difficult to know if it was real or fake.

“It was real,” she quipped, “If you look at my life closely I’ve never shed light on my private life.”

She says the timing of the “announcement” of her relationship with the father of five (official kids) was awful.

“The situation was traumatic. We were so new to each other as lovers. The first six months of a relationship are supposed to be easy but for us it wasn’t. We were hung out for display.

“I didn’t think that anyone would find out so soon. I expected that people would catch on much later. All of a sudden we were in reality TV — it is unnecessary pressure, people zoom in and you lose the freedom to live life as you please,” said.

“I have known Roki since I was a teenager. My dad even suspected that we had a thing for each other way back. Before he released ‘Chidzoka’, he e-mailed me to ask what I thought of the song and that’s like 10 years ago. I had met him when I was 15 at Galas.”

Ammara says Roki and her got close last year when they were brought together by a musical project.
“We got close when I was doing a collaboration with Fuzzy L, which Roki was producing. We also had a few more working relations when I became his video girl for his song ‘Number One’.

“As the romance was warming up, boom, information got out. It wasn’t even weeks — I was really hurt,” she said.

. . . the breakup

“I told him ‘I don’t think that you are built for me and I for you’.

“After all the drama I just felt like we would be better as friends and he got it. Even the way that we broke up there was no drama. I always leave my relationships in a good state so that we can still be friends,” she said.

She says the breakup has opened doors for numerous suitors who unfortunately are just pursuing her as a trophy.

“All the people that were waiting on the sidelines are now queuing up but I’m just not there. They don’t look at me as a person but as a prize. Which is where Roki was different — he still looked at me in a way that reminded me that I am a person, a normal person not some trophy.”

On Jah Prayzah

Ammara and Jah Prayzah collaborated on the song ‘‘Kure Kure’’ and have other works in the offing. However, their work relationship sparked rumours of an affair between the two when they first came together.

“When I was asked whether or not I was having an affair with Jah Prayzah — I said ‘I won’t justify that with an answer’ — he is married and we are not into each other that way but musically.

“He came into my life when I was planning the ‘Andy Brown Forever concert’ and needed someone who could do justice to my father’s music. I said to my manager — ‘I want to see him perform live’ — normally that is how I measure someone’s strengths.

Behind the face, glitz
“He is a very strong performer and I noticed that he plays mbira as well, so we just became friends. Recently he called me to say he wants an English song from me — at the same time he is writing me a Shona song, so we are cool like that,” she said.

The much-awaited album

“I have too much material that I have recorded. I think I will just release some of the music for free on the internet,” she says.

She plans to release a 12-track album sometime this year, but will drop two singles first; starting with “Havarare” an Andy Brown-inspired infusion of rock and a bit of sungura influenced by Afro-pop rhythm with R & B vocals.

The other song set to be released as a single is “Crystal Blue Moon” — a track steeped in the rich vocals of the late Chioniso Maraire complete with the mbira and the bass guitar.

“I’m working with producers and artistes from Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and a lot of local guys.”

A fortnight ago, Ammara released “Like My Music”, a collaboration with Fuzzy L.

She describes her music as “greatly influenced by Zimbabwean beats and distinctive to Zimbabwe”.

“A lot of foreigners that listen to my music are taken aback. I represent my country well through my music.”

Word

As Zimbabwean artistes we should come together to come up with our own quality control mechanisms, perfect our culture and work on influencing policies.

“Thirty years from now I want to be a strong brand with 10 artistes in my stable, whose worries would be how to be an artiste not budgets. We can do this.

Herald Reporters
Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa of the United Family International Church and his wife Ruth yesterday joined thousands of their church members in a massive clean-up campaign in Harare which covered the city’s business area.

The clean-up campaign was supported by the Harare City Council, which provided 17 refuse trucks.

The church members were divided into 30 groups comprising hundreds, with each group assigned to a bus terminus or certain streets to sweep and pick up litter.
United Family International Church in a massive clean-up campaign.
At Simon Vengai Muzenda Street (formerly Fourth Street) bus terminus, business came to a standstill as people jostled to get a glimpse of Prophet Makandiwa and his wife, who joined a group assigned to clean up the area.

Speaking at a church service at the City Sports Centre just before the exercise, Prophet Makandiwa said there was need for collective effort to achieve a healthy and litter-free country. “As I was driving in our city I saw a situation that does not require money, but which we can address,” he said. “It’s a programme that requires energy and commitment.

“I feel there is something practical that we can do for our nation. We have more than 30 places that need to be cleaned.

“As we pray for the nation, we also realise that there are things that require effort and commitment, so in this case we are going to go in every part of the city picking up litter and sweeping every dirty area we will come across.”

Prophet Makandiwa said the Harare City Council was doing its best to remove litter, but that too many people were littering compared to the number of workers it has for the job. Church spokesperson Pastor Prime Kufakunesu said in an interview that the initiative was a brainchild of Prophet Makandiwa, who intends to de-litter the city and send a message to Zimbabweans to act responsibly.
“The church is sending a message to the people that it is our responsibility as citizens to keep our city clean,” he said.

“People have a wrong opinion that it is the responsibility of the City of Harare alone to maintain cleanliness.” Harare City Council’s principal communications officer Mr Michael Chideme commended the church for the clean-up campaign.

“We welcome the role the church is playing because this is what causes behaviour change since many people go to church,” he said. “If the church starts walking the talk then we are assured of a litter-free country because good values and norms come from the church.”

Harare residents also commended Prophet Makandiwa for being practical in his teachings and actions.
Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa sweeping during a clean-up campaign along Simon Muzenda Street in Harare yesterday
“We were not expecting that a person like Makandiwa could come and sweep at a bus terminus,” said Mr Norman Penzwa, who operates at Simon Muzenda terminus. “It shows that he is a humble man and the clean-up campaign is a good initiative and a challenge to all of us.”

A motorist, Mr Wayne Mudzimurega, urged Zimbabweans to emulate Prophet Makandiwa’s example.
Herald

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