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Fast fading, ZimDancehall Artist Tocky Vibes, who claims a rival artist is bewitching him, brew another shocker over the weekend after he refused to perform in Kwekwe without a band.

Interestingly, the youthful chanter is reported to have fired all his band members whom he accused of incompetence, last week.

Tocky had been billed to perform at Mbizo Inn together with Peter Moyo and Norman Masamba.

A source speaking on condition of anonymity revealed: “He fired all the band members saying they were incompetent and later refused to perform saying he had no band,” he said.
‘Bewitched’ Tocky Vibes FIRES all band members, REFUSES to PERFORM!
Tocky has been using the band for almost a year in his local shows while using backtracks on his international tours.

Sources said it was shocking that the musician refused to perform without a band yet he always back tracks on international tours.

The musician’s manager Elvis Bokosha said he would not comment on the matter.

“I cannot comment on that matter because I was not around. I am still to establish what happened,” he said.

He would not be drawn into commenting on what is fast becoming a controversial streak of the “Mhai” hitmaker whose fortunes have since taken a nosedive.

“Are you aware that he released new songs last week that featured gospel artist Bethen Pasinawako Ngolomi?” he said before hanging up his mobile phone.

Moyo’s manager Sukol Dube confirmed that the young musician did not turn up for the show.
“He did not come for the show. I am yet to hear what really happened to him,” he said.
Dube admitted that the show was affected by Tocky’s decision to abscond.

“He had agreed to be part of the show and adverts were done already. That affected the gig as fans waited outside for him to perform,” he said.

Tocky Vibes has been going through a rough patch and last week there were reports in which he appeared to insinuate that some fellow artists have bewitched him.

The musician spent the festive season at his rural home in Zvishavane while others were busy entertaining their fans across the country.
Source: The Herald

Indeed this is sad news in “THE INDUSTRY” or preferably the Hip Hop music industry this period of time. 

New Orleans Rapper Lil Wayne made shocking statement this morning time in Atlanta after calling a press meeting, Wizzy who seemed to have lost a lot of weight announced to his fans and the press that he was diagnosed with skin cancer and his Doctors said he only has five weeks to live.

His Doctor confirmed that in the beginning of this month Lil Wayne was examined with stage 4 cancer meaning there is nix they can do to rescue Wayne.
USA Rapper Lil Wayne Announces That He Is Left With Only A Month To Live
“With 80% percent of his skin blanketed in tattoos our electronic devices were always falling to notice the cancer in his skin all the time until it reached stage 4…The only thing we advice him is to enjoy the few days he got left. Wayne always visited me for regular check ups so we were close, The only thing he pissed me off with was thieving my cough syrup every time he came for a visit”. Joked Dr Williams.

Lil Wayne plans to consume the residual of his life with his YMCMB crew and requested that lean should be the chief booze at his funeral.
“I would be thankful if a person can regularly pour a bottle of codeine and promethazine cough syrup every week on my tomb while two red bones twerk on either side of my grave…I’m dying a blissful man and I hope ya’ll think about me in remembrance”. Said Lil Wayne before departing leaving fans and reporters shocked.

They say behind every successful man, there is a strong, wise and hardworking woman, though one might dispute this, many a times it has turned out to be true. 

In music, they say behind every hit making artist, there is a hardworking and creative producer and it is very difficult to dispute that statement.

In recent times, you have enjoyed the sounds of Jah Prayzah with his track ‘Tsviriyo’, but have you ever asked yourself who produced the track? Whilst you ponder in that, just a few months ago, Suluman Chimbetu dropped his fifth album, ‘Gunship’ and though it was received with mixed reactions, tracks from the offering such as ‘Nyuchi’ and ‘Phone’ are amongst the most demanded tracks in the nation, again I ask have you ever asked yourself who was the manufacturer of the album?
Meet Munya, the Man who makes Tuku, Sulu & Jah Prayzah Shine
Whilst you digest on those two questions, remember the days when Sandra Ndebele, Extra Large were on the peak of their careers, who do you think was the man playing key boards for them? 

Today, when you go to a Tuku gig, have noticed a tall dark and chubby looking guy on the keyboards, have you ever got to know who he is?

Well folks the guy we are talking about is called Munyaradzi Viya, he is the producer of Jah Prayzah’s hit song ‘Tsviriyo’, Sulu’s recent album ‘Gunship’ and he is the keyboard player for the legend, Oliver Mtukudzi.

Zimbo Jam got in touch with the 29 year old, and a father of two who resides in Glenview 1 and he shared with us how his career took off.

Who is Munya and how did the music business begin?
Munyaradzi was born on January 29, 1987 at the Harare Maternity Clinic and was bred in Norton, in a family of 10 siblings, eight girls and two boys. I am the first born son, sixth in the family.

I attended Haig Park and Mbuya Bona Primary Schools for my primary education. I then went on to do my secondary education at St Eric’s Secondary School.

The music business started in church (ZIOJA) at a tender age of thirteen, when I fail in love with the keyboard. I would always sit in the front row watching the player doing his thing up until I started standing beside him and watched as he played.

One day the guy just disappeared and I said this is my chance. So every day on my way from school, before I got home I would pass by the church and began to practice, applying the things I used to see the previous player do.

Due to my determination and passion, I was playing some pretty good stuff in a short space of time but I kept working hard and watching other players closely and kept perfecting my play. I never got to be taught how to play the keys, I literally taught myself.

How did you move from being the church boy to start playing with big artists?
When I finished school, I was employed by ZIOJA Glenorah as the church musician. It is during that time when I linked up with Sandra Ndebele’s crew. They wanted a keyboard player, and I said let me take this opportunity, because then, Sandra was the hottest artist on the market.

However, my decision did not go down well with the church folks and they brew a storm over it. I never paid much attention to it, I was making my money and still loved God, and still worship Him to this day. I took it as a job just like any other job.

Even my parents tried to make an issue out of it but they soon realised I had not backslidden and was just working. They later bought me a keyboard in support of my work.

During this period I got to work with artists such as Bethany, Decible, Extra Large and Sabastain Magacha amongst many other artists.

How did the production of music start?

In 2009 I got a call from a friend in Botswana and he said there was a new studio which had been opened and they were looking for a producer. He knew I could play the keys so he thought I was fit for the job, but I was not. I did not have a single clue of what it takes to produce a song but I said I will take the risk and go.

So I agreed to come and before you know it, I was on a bus headed to Botswana.

Upon arrival, the owner of the studio warmly welcomed me and took me to his home, where the studio was located, but since it was during the week, he quickly dashed back to work and left me to familiarise myself with the equipment.

Indeed, the heavens were smiling on me. I immediately began experimenting with the various components of the software’s available and in a short while I had produced some pathetic beat. When the guy returned, I was shocked because he fell in love with my lousy of work. That’s when I knew I was in for a good run.

With time, I got to know how to play around with the systems and began making some pretty decent productions. My name became popular among upcoming artists and they would all flock to the studio.

In the midst of all this, I got a call from one of Botswana’s biggest production companies, DBS and they were keen on taking me on board, as a hustler trying to make money, I never hesitated, I signed the contract.

During my stint there, I produced tracks for artists such as Slizzer, Vee, and Franco amongst many other big shots.

Where did you meet Tuku and started to work with him?

As I stated earlier, I grew up in Norton, that’s where I met Sam Mtukudzi. We grew to be very tight buddies to such an extent that we will do all our missions together. At times when they would have cabbage at their house, he would come over to my place to eat and when there was food I did not like at our home I would eat at their place.

Occasionally we would sleep over at each other’s homes and that’s how I met and got to know Tuku.

In December 2011 I returned home from Botswana for the holidays. I called Tuku to tell him that I was in town. I just wanted to know when his next show would be, so that I get to see him jamming before I returned to the foreign lands. When Tuku picked the phone and realised it was me, he was excited and told me he wanted to see me at the Pakare Paye Arts Centre the next day without fail.

So we met the next day and chatted and I just thought it was just one of those conversations between father and son but there was more to it.

After our long chat, Tuku then invited me to attend a rehearsal he would have with his band the next day.

I was really happy, all I wanted was to see Tuku performing and now I get access to his rehearsal, I did not sleep that night.

The rehearsal was starting at 9 am and I was the first one to arrive and the other crew then trickled in later. They began to rehearse and boy was I just enjoying myself sitting in the auditorium.

But as they rehearsed, I noticed there was a keyboard that was just idol and nobody was playing it but it never bothered me I was just overwhelmed to be in the presence of this great band. Suddenly, Tuku turned around and said, “Nhai iwe wakagarirei ikoko, huya uridze keyboard. (What are you doing seated there, come play the keys).”

I could not believe it, there I was playing with the superstar. It was just unbelievable.

After some days of rehearsing with the team, Tuku then said he wanted me to join the Black Spirits, now I just froze and became speechless. I took up the job offer and communicated with my employers in Botswana that I was now relocating back home and would be joining Tuku. They were hurt but I had made my mind.

What then happened?

We started touring with Tuku and the experience was awesome, I totally shelved the business of producing music.

However, my friends from Botswana began to pressure me to open a studio in Zimbabwe as they believed I was sitting on my gift. So after resisting for a while I then gave in and set up my studio.

The first artist I worked with was Jah Prayzah. I had met him during our shows with Tuku and told him I wanted to do a song for him, but I never thought he would consider my offer.

Surprisingly, I got a ring from Jah and he said he wanted to do song with me and that’s when we did ‘Tsviriyo’ and I was really happy when it became a hit.

I then started working a lot with Jah doing jingles and other projects.

The producer in me had been revived. A number of upcoming artists then began coming through to my studio and the name began to grow.

One day Charles Chipanga approached me and wanted us to what on a project. The project featured a collaboration with Suluman Chimbetu, so they came to the studio and Sulu was like, “So is this the studio? Where is the recording booth? Do you really know how to produce?”

I told him there was no booth but I was on top of my game. So he said play me some of the music you have produced and I dropped stuff I had done for Jah Prayzah and other artists and he was like, “… it in this room where that stuff was made?”

I said yes and he became interested in working with me.
He then told Charles that he should put his project on hold for a while and let him work on his album, ‘Gunship’ with me. I thought Sulu was just joking, he took my number and said he would come to the studio the following day at 10 am. The next day at 10 am I was chilling at my house when I got a ring from Sulu saying, “…..Munya urikupi? Handiti takati tosangana na 10 here……”

I quickly dressed up and rushed to the studio and the rest is history, today we have ‘Gunship’.

So what’s cooking now?
Currently I am working on Tocky Vibes’ new album and which will be released in March as well as Jah Prayzah’s next offering set to be dropped in April.

I am still with the Black Spirits and look forward to producing some tracks for Samanyanga in the near future.

A local pastor reportedly abandoned his pregnant wife and secretly married his girlfriend.Followers of Pastor Tinashe Ndove ,32, are protesting against the marriage between him and Betty Chapiwa Gutsa ,27.stating he is already married to Sarah Mapurisa .

Pastor Ndove and Betty are colleagues at a local teachers college and they tied the knot in December under Chapter 5.11.

“We have known Pastor Ndove for some time now and Sarah Mapurisa is his wife that we know .

“We were shocked to hear he had a secret wedding with one Betty Chawapiwa Butsa.

“What is disturbing about this whole matter is that Pastor Sarah is carrying his child and we never thought he would abandon her in her condition.
Pastor dumps heavily pregnant wife,marries small house in secret
“We want the marriage to be deregistered because what he did was unlawful,he was supposed to settle issues first with pastor Sarah ,” said one of the congregants.

Some congregants alleged that the pastor was blackmailed into marrying Betty due to some illegal dealings he was involved in.

“Before he got employment ,the congregation used to sympathise with him after he lied about how he was treated by his former church.

“We started contributing food and clothes to his family an that is how we began to know his legitimate wife not his girlfriend,It is very unfair and his wife is pregnant as we speak.

“We heard that Betty forced pastor Ndove into the marriage after she threatened to expose his illegal deals at the college where he works,”explained one of the congregants.

Contacted for comment ,pastor Ndove confirmed marrying Betty.

“The people who told you about the issue are not my followers but my enemies,I got married to Betty and nothing can change it.

“I cannot tell you whether Sarah is pregnant with my child or not,those people who old you about the matter should furnish you with more light ,”he said.

Sarah revealed to H-metro that she was still officially married to Pastor Ndove .
“I don’t know why he entered into marriage of Chapter 5.11 with another woman we he is still my husband.

“We never divorced and recently he has been coming home but we never divorced ,the matter is still being handled by our relatives now,”she said.
Source: H Metro

More than 100 people have been quarantined in Sierra Leone after coming in contact with a woman who died of Ebola last week, highlighting the potential for the disease to spread, just as the deadliest outbreak on record appeared to be over.

The World Health Organization (WHO) last week declared that “all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa” after Liberia joined Sierra Leone and Guinea in going six weeks with no reported new cases of Ebola. At the same time, it warned of possible flare-ups as survivors can carry the virus for months.

Just after the WHO announcement on Thursday, tests revealed that Mariatu Jalloh, a 22-year-old student, died of Ebola on Jan. 12. Her death has concerned health experts because authorities failed to follow basic protocols, according to a health report seen by Reuters last week.
More Than 100 People Quarantined After Sierra Leone Ebola Death.
The report stated that she lived in a house with 22 people while she was unwell. Five people were involved in washing her corpse, a practice that is considered one of the chief modes of Ebola transmission.

The Ministry of Health and the Office of National Security said in a joint statement that 109 people have so far been quarantined, 28 of whom were high-risk cases.

“An active case investigation continues in the four districts where the young woman was known to have traveled,” the statement said.

The source of the transmission remains unclear, though in late December the woman traveled near to the border with Guinea, one of the country’s last Ebola hot spots before it was declared Ebola-free on Nov. 7.

The case is a blow for Sierra Leone which, alongside Guinea and Liberia, has borne the brunt of a two-year epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people.

It has also caused anger. In apparent frustration at the latest case, the homes of some high risk patients were attacked this weekend in Magburaka, the city about 200 km (120 miles) east of Freetown where Jalloh died, and in one case a hut was burned down, according to a local leader.

Paramount Chief Masakma III told Reuters that a barricade around two quarantined homes was dismantled.

“We do not know who is behind this, but we are shocked that anyone would do this in view of what Ebola has done to our country,” the chief said.

The unrest comes after demonstrators last week accused the health department of negligence at a local hospital that saw Jalloh as an outpatient before she died.

Tocky Vibes is finding the going tough and failed to land any shows in Harare during the just-ended festive season, amid claims by his camp that a certain top musician (name withheld) is using juju to thwart his rise.

Tocky had a forgettable 2015, failing to maintain the standards he set in 2014 with trailblazing hits that took the nation by storm.
 Tocky Vibes
A close band member said Tocky Vibes had vowed not to share the stage with the musician who he accuses of causing his misfortunes.

“He has tried to be on top of his game but after a spate of incidences with the musician, Tocky Vibes concluded that the musician was using juju on him,” said the source.

“At one of the shows, his voice even faded when he shared the stage with the musician. He was cross and tried to chase the musician off the stage.

“Each time he is billed to share the stage with the musician, the young chanter fails to rise to the occasion, hence he vowed not to share the stage with the artiste.”

Tocky Vibes’ manager Elvis Bokosha refused to comment on the issue, opting instead to outline their plans for 2016.

“Yes, we did not have any shows in Harare during the festive season and we are on January break,” Bokosha said.

“Tocky is going to release an album this year and we are going to have international tours in Australia and the UK.”

An investigations by this reporter showed that, just like soccer players, musicians often frequent sangomas or prophets to better their fortunes.

Sungura singer Romeo Gasa acknowledged that most musicians use juju to rise.

“Most musicians use juju or consult prophets to improve their fortunes while others perform rituals before they get on stage,” said Gasa.

“I have vowed that I will not do that. I prefer to live in a thatched mud hut than be popular using juju or supernatural things.
“I don’t care about being poor, as long as my conscience is clean before God.”

The incident comes at a time when most musicians who are experiencing waning fortunes are flocking to Pentecostal churches to have their fortunes revived.

Among the musicians who have found the going tough and sought solace in deliverance are Allan Chimbetu, Nicholas Zakaria, Taso and Maskiri, who are all regulars at Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries.

Raunchy dancer Beverley Sibanda has hopped from one church to another in a quest to find salvation and to revive her career.

Award-winning Zimdancehall star Tocky Vibes delivered a stunning performance at the “Econet Million Dollar Storm” event held in the Harare Gardens on Saturday afternoon that must have put his critics to shame.

Despite repeatedly thrilling Zimbabwean music fans in Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa where he has regularly toured, Tocky Vibes, who was born Obey Makamure, has often got the stick for allegedly failing to deliver at gigs in Harare.
Zimdancehall star Tocky Vibes
But at the weekend event, where 50 lucky Econet subscribers walked away with $2 000 prizes with an equal number pocketing $500 each, the Mhai singer demonstrated in spectacular fashion that Harare was not too big a stage for him contrary to popular opinion.

Tocky Vibes came to the stage after Zimbabwe’s current favourite entertainer Jah Prayzah had taken the big crowd sky high with another imperious performance but the Rugare-bred youngster, who was backed by a live band, refused to be overawed.

The 22-year-old musician’s playlist included songs from Mhai Singles Collection and his latest album Toti Toti. Though the crowd warmed up to the performance of the title track of his latest album, it was clear that his old hits remain his trump cards.

Early this year when Tocky Vibes started using a live band, he seemed to struggle a bit but on Saturday there were no such glitches. The crowd was particularly impressed by the way the rising star alternated tempos as he played his various hits. It was a performance that showed that at long last Tocky Vibes and his backing band have now fashioned the right blend.

Tocky Vibes’ manager, Elvis Bokosha, attributed his charge’s impressive performance to the good sound engineers on the day.

“We have always insisted that most of the events where Tocky allegedly failed to perform well were down to poor sound. The Econet gig had a good sound engineer who consulted our own sound engineer to create the right sound for Tocky and it worked wonders,” Bokosha told the Daily News.

Tocky Vibes was so delighted with the way the crowd warmed up to his Harare Gardens performance that he decided to hold a free concert in his home suburb of Rugare later that day. Bokosha said the gig, which attracted over a thousand people from Rugare, was Tocky Vibes’ way of acknowledging their contribution to his success.

“Tocky always wants to acknowledge the support he continues to get from the people of Rugare. It was a gig we thought of at the very last moment so we are delighted that so many people, who included friends family, attended,” he said. Daily News

Former wife to Alick Macheso, Fortunate Tafadzwa Mapako, has turned to an emerging Mbare prophet in a new life outside the fame brought by her brief marriage to the Sungura giant. Fortunate Tafadzwa Mapako with pastor Paul Sanyangore.

She has been shying away from the limelight ever since her public fallout with Macheso that resulted in a divorce last year.
Fortunate Tafadzwa Mapako turns to Mbare Prophet.
However, Tafadzwa was on Sunday spotted at pastor Paul Sanyangore’s Victory World International Ministries service in Mbare.

Pastor Sanyangore called out the name Macheso and congregants turned heads hoping to see the musician but it turned out to be Tafadzwa, who went forward to meet the church leader.

However, they had their conversation off microphone and thus the rest of the congregants could not figure out what went on.

With only the pastor and close aides aware of Tafadzwa’s prayer request, there were all sorts of theories and top was that she was seeking a reunion with Macheso.

However, some were of the opinion that she was seeking deliverance to be able to manage her affairs better in her new life away from the popular musician. H Metro.

Harare City Council yesterday demolished 11 houses built on undesignated land in Glen Norah as it moves to restore sanity in the city. This comes as the city is carrying out a blitz against illegal vendors who were wreaking havoc in the central business district (CBD) selling various goods to the extent of roasting maize on pavements.
Council workers, who were protected by municipal police, destroyed 11 houses belonging to a bogus housing cooperative which were at various stages of construction along Kunzekweguta Road and at Makonye in Glen Norah.

A fortnight ago, the city had served the illegal settlers with two week-notices in terms of Section 18(2) of the Urban Councils (Model) (Use and Occupation of Land and Buildings By-Laws Statutory Instrument 109/1979).
A man views one of the illegal houses that were demolished by Harare City Council in Glen Norah yesterday
The Urban Councils Act empowers local authorities to put and enforce by-laws that prohibit illegal structures.

Illegal structures are buildings erected without approval from the authorities.

The city’s principal communications officer Mr Michael Chideme yesterday confirmed that Harare was carrying a citywide blitz on illegal activities urging residents not to buy land without consulting the city.

“We are going ahead with the removal of illegal structures in Harare. We urge residents not to participate in illegal housing schemes because they will be the biggest losers in the end.

“We also urge anyone who has bought land illegally to report to the police for them to recover their money. We are geared for an orderly and well planned city which resonates with our vision for a world class city in 2025,” he said.

Mr Caesar Kunaka, chairperson of an alleged bogus Zimbabwe Bird housing co-operative said his members did not contest the eviction as they were served with papers two weeks ago.

“We were served with notices last week,” he said without giving further details.

Last month, Government directed municipalities to manage land use after noting that land barons were parceling out open spaces reserved for other purposes to home seekers.

Harare has roughly 20 illegal settlements.

Meanwhile illegal vending continued yesterday in most parts of the city save for areas near Town House where the city pulled down tents and broke some tables.

Although there was no action by the city in its quest to remove illegal vendors from the city’s pavements yesterday, Mr Chideme said council was going ahead with the relocation of vendors.

“It is a process we are undertaking. We will make sure the Central Business District gets the respect it deserves.

Police yesterday said they are still investigating the case in which goods, including bales of second-hand clothes worth thousands of dollars belonging to illegal vendors, were burnt to ashes in Harare last week. Unknown assailants who were reportedly driving a pick-up truck without registration numbers are said to have started the fire.

The incident occurred at the Rezende Street footbridge at around 3am and police are still investigating the suspected case of arson.

The pro-MDC-T National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (NAVUZ) director Mr Samuel Wadzai yesterday said they had since engaged their lawyers to sue Government and Harare City Council over the issue.
A man views one of the illegal houses that were demolished by Harare City Council in Glen Norah yesterday
“We have since engaged our lawyers and by end of tomorrow (today) all the legal processes against Government and City of Harare will be ready,” he said.

He said by yesterday they had ascertained that 38 of their members lost their wares valued over $17 000 and they were still conducting their investigations.

Some of the vendors alleged that municipal police had torched the goods.

But chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba last week said an informant had told police that occupants in a pick-up truck without registration number plates caused the fire.

Acting town clerk Mrs Josephine Ncube also denied the allegations that municipal police had torched the goods.

“Our investigations show that the fire was started by their (illegal vendors) guards who were trying to warm themselves,” she said.

All seems not rosy for Big Brother lovebirds, Pokello and Elikem. The two seem to have hit a rough patch again.

Lately their lovey dovey antic has been on the decline and Pokello has been posting cryptic updates on her Instagram alluding to love troubles.

The self-styled Queen of Swagger in one message said : “Your Actions will never change how I do me. But they will change how I do You.” In another she said : “Don’t allow anyone to become comfortable with disappointing you.”
Pokello and Elikem at it again.
Meanwhile in Ghana, Elikem appeared at the Golden Movie Awards wearing black. He said :” All black because I’m mourning.”

The pair had a very public bitter fallout last year over Elikem’s ex sugar mama, the wife of some Ghana footballer. Apparently Elikem has an incorrigible penchant for them older ladies. The two later patched things up but it appears the long distance between them is proving a huge challenge.

Source:Mafaro/ Instagram

Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Some Nigerian soldiers are currently in Russia to receive special training in the fight against Boko Haram. Meanwhile check out some of the power machinery our military is using to tackle Boko Haram members.
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
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All his life when he recorded his debut single in 1975 to this day – 61 albums on – Oliver Mtukudzi has written and performed some of the most heart rending music against hatred and violence. He has composed music appealing for restraint, for tolerance…music about self-discipline and peace amongst the people of the world. His music has continued to touch people in many different ways, guiding and stirring past generations in the same manner the compositions will impact on the future. In this abridgement of Oliver Mtukudzi: The music…the man…the story, SHEPHERD MUTAMBA attempts an insight into the work and philosophy of one of music’s own legends.

In the beginning

Oliver’s musical career started at the age of 23 with the 1975 release of his debut single, Stop After Orange. He only went professional two years later in 1977 teaming up with Thomas Mapfumo at the famous Wagon Wheels Band and recording Dzandimomotera which was inspired directly by Zimbabwe’s 1970s war of liberation. The song depicted the black man’s life struggles under the minority white settler regime.
Tuku Tribute: Oliver Mtukudzi Biography
In 1979 Oliver left Wagon Wheels to launch a solo career and forming his own band The Black Spirits – a group of rag-tag young stylish ghetto boys who were to become a sure force on the music scene, progressing into a household name in the ensuing years.

Oliver recalls: “When we left the Wagon Wheels, we thought we would continue using the same name (Wagon Wheels) but the management we had left behind put together another band which they called by the same name. Naturally we thought the continued use of the name would confuse people and we came up with our own name, The Black Spirits.”

In terms of lyrical composition, in the period leading to Zimbabwe’s 1980 independence, Oliver’s music was a mix of the revolutionary jam songs with undertones targeting the repressive Rhodesian regime. Yet he also composed the day-to-day social context music about life and the essence of ubantu (humanity).

Music against oppression

“Before independence it was the fight against the Rhodesian regime. My music then spoke against oppression and the repressive regime and how we were suffering at the hands of the regime. I left school and for three years I couldn’t find a job yet I was one of the few guys among my peers with a fine secondary education. But I couldn’t get a job because I was black. My music then helped people identify themselves…who we were and what we wanted to be.”

In all his music in pre-independence Oliver never took on the Rhodesian regime head-on preferring the power of metaphor to communicate meaning.

“I wasn’t afraid of anyone. The beauty of the Shona language (the majority vernacular language in Zimbabwe) is that it is endowed with all those rich idioms and metaphor…and the beauty of art is that you can use the power of language to craft particular meaning without necessarily giving it away. So, I used the beauty of Shona to communicate in my own way and people got the message.

“At independence I did praise songs just like most of the artists during that era because it was justifiably celebration time. I did songs like Zimbabwe that was celebratory music…songs like Gore reMasimba eVanhu (Year of the People’s Power). I was celebrating the demise of the regime and the advent of black majority rule. But over and above celebrating I was also singing about self-discipline and restraint in that new era be it at social or political level.”

To this day Oliver incorporates the aspect of self-discipline and tolerance in his repertoires. He is emotional about the socio-cultural norms and principles that govern the Shona traditional way of life particularly the respect for the next person.

The West Nkosi experience

As his music made waves in the 1970s his popularity rose. His writing prowess and style of singing attracted big names among African producers among them West Nkosi – a respected South African who came to Zimbabwe in search of music.

Was Oliver’s music to lose its originality after Nkosi’s South African influence?
“I don’t think the influence of South Africa was there. It’s just that I introduced the keyboard in my music. And South Africans then were using the keyboard a lot in their music. So when I introduced the keyboard people said West Nkosi was influencing me.

“One thing about our music and South African music is that the music is the same, really. If it weren’t for a handful of people who created these geographical boundaries we would be the same people in many respects. West Nkosi came to produce me because he was looking for new sound and if he was to influence my music he was going to get the same sound that he was running away from in South Africa. He wanted fresh music so he got me, Zexie Manatsa, Susan Mapfumo…all of us.”

Success did not come easy for Oliver who also hit hard times along the way, splitting with his band but moving on with other backing groups notably the KweKwe based Zig Zag Band in Zimbabwe’s Midlands province, 213 kilometers south of Harare, where Oliver relocated and also lived for many years.
Institution of The Black Spirits

Despite splitting with The Black Spirits, reuniting but losing other members in the process, over fundamental business etiquette, Oliver has always spoken well about the institution of The Black Spirits and the many members who have been part of the band over the last 35 years.

“It is quite obvious that every member of The Black Spirits, past and current, is unique in his and her own way and I truly believe God does not duplicate talent. All the guys I have played with had their own individual contribution to my music.

I cannot be said to have mentored all those I have played with in The Black Spirits because we are talking about talent here and not education. The education part only came when and where I would advise them on how the song would go but I am and was always open to their contributions when arranging music. I actually learnt a lot from all the band members.”

Gibson Mhaka
A pastor with a Bulawayo church allegedly “legalised” a degree of incest by reportedly solemnising the marriage of one of his congregants and his cousin which was allegedly “frowned” upon by the two’s close relatives.

The union of Lewis Makoni (37) and his biological aunt’s daughter, Portia Sibanda (22), smacks of incest, as the two are closely related. The arrangement means Lewis’ aunt is also his mother-in-law.

According to a source from the church, senior members from the two lovebirds’ families allegedly snubbed the wedding which was held on 2 May at Selbourne Park Christian Church claiming it was a “curse and disgrace” to the family.
A pastor with a Bulawayo church allegedly “legalised” a degree of incest by reportedly solemnising the marriage of one of his congregants and his cousin which was allegedly “frowned” upon by the two’s close relatives.
“Although the wedding was attended mostly by church members, senior members from the Makoni and Sibanda families were conspicuous by their absence. The arrangement caused serious disagreements within the Makoni family.

“Lewis is alleged to have defied his elder brothers, other aunts and uncles’ order to stop him from marrying Portia.

He bluntly told them that even though he knew that Portia was his cousin he was following his heart to marry her.

The church proceeded with the wedding with the blessing of the two lovebirds’ parents,” said a source that preferred anonymity.

A senior member of the Makoni family who spoke to B-Metro confirmed that the marriage took place but it was without their blessings.

“I can confirm that the marriage took place but we didn’t go there as we felt it was a disgrace to the family. Some church members confided with us that the two were joined at their church but some of us feel the arrangement was really a sham to the family,” said a member of the church who also requested anonymity.

When contacted for comment Portia who chose to keep tight-lipped handed over the phone to her husband, who said:

“What is it that you want to know from us? Go and inquire from those people who gave you the story. It is not our business to discuss such matters with you.”

Portia’s mother Christine Banda refused to speak to this reporter saying she was not at liberty to discuss family issues in the newspaper.

By Staff Reporter
CHITUNGWIZA – Zimdancehall singer and producer Dr Clarence lost an e-machines laptop and Internet dongle to daring thieves who broke into his Chitungwiza home on Sunday in the evening.

A furious Dr Clarence told Nehanda Radio the police had released one of the suspects on the basis that he was 17 years old. All in all he identified six suspects including Tracy, Joseph, Amos, Murehwa and Thomas from Nhanga Street.

He claimed Amos and Murehwa were wanted criminals and the group had used a taxi driver called Munya for their gateway on the day they stole his laptop.
Zim's leading music producer Dr Clarence loses laptop to thieves.
“The police did not investigate all the accomplices so 48 hours came to pass. She (Tracy) is my next door neighbour, another (Amos) is from the street behind and the other two (Amos and Murehwa) are wanted criminals.”

“The Police where on Easter, no investigations to this day. They deliberately let one suspect escape when they had an AK 47. This was when they finally came to the crime scene. The quick response was to do one and a half hours of paperwork.

“They chose paperwork instead of going on the ground, no sniffer dogs where called in and out of my own personal resources I managed to get fingerprints with the help of a few patriotic citizens.

“The police then released my other suspect saying he is 17, so does this mean juveniles should just steal other people’s property. Maybe the juvenile court is closed,” Dr Clarence fumed.

“The Police should compensate my fuel which I used to attend the crime scene, sleepless nights doing their job. Now I’m hearing the last suspect has been released yet she is supposed to be released through the courts.”

Dr Clarence said the thieves broke into his home using the front door and exited via the kitchen door since the key was inside.

“These criminals think my machines are the secret to my quality of work. What I’m most concerned about are my engineering designs for my machines.”

“The police destroy evidence and let suspects escape. They actually seem to be working with the thieves and you can’t even trust the police with information on the case. I even saw that one of the police officers had the number of one of the suspects (Tracy) saved on his phone, suggesting they know each other.”
Source: Dr. Clarence and Nehanda Radio.

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.

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

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. 

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