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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.”


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below are the nominees for the music awards:

Tocky Vybes
Takesure Zama Ncube
Trevor Dongo
Prince Musarurwa
Tariro Negitare
Mwene Wemoyo Wangu – Mangwenya
Ndipe Rudo – Sanii Makhalima
Zvandadiwa – Nox
Yorira Ngoma – Tariro Negitare
Parere Moyo – Cindy


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

The last commando – S Magacha
Free to worship 2014 live recording
Ndipe Rudo – Sanii Makhalima
Zvandadiwa – Nox
Mhai – Tocky Vybes

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

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

New Generation Entertainment
Chipaz Promotions
Y2K Promotions
Shamestone Entertainment

Mwene Wemoyo Wangu – Magwenya
Makanika – Jah Prayzah
Kure Kure – Amara Brown and Jah Prayzah
Wongorora – Russel Russo Chiradza
Mhai – Tocky Vybes

ZIM Talent Hunt
Ministry of Tourism Zimbabwe
BodySlam Records
Zimbabwe German Society
The Book Café Harare

Mike Tashaya
David Kuraone Zinyama
Nomathemba P Ndebele
Larry Kwirirayi
Marcelina Chikasha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South African based Urban Groover, Enock ‘Nox’ Guni was on Sunday exposed on Facebook after a girl he had been scrounging s*xual favours from, uploaded screenshots of their illicit chats on the social network.
Girl exposes South African based Urban Groover Nox Guni on Whatsapp
iHarare gathered that the girl, Nicole Mtisi had been texting and sending Nox pics which were presumably so sexy that the pint sized artist could not help but reply with a pic of his ‘junk’ telling the girl that he wanted to engage in unprotected intercourse with her when he returns to Zimbabwe in May.

Nox, a marketing graduate from Midlands State University (MSU) told Nicole that he wanted to ‘eat’ her ‘honeypot’ till she climbed cloud nine.

The Ndinonyara singer then asked the girl if she wanted to be his girlfriend or be his f**kmate forever.

It’s not clear what miffed the girl to the extent of wanting to embarrass Nox like this. Sadly our efforts to reach her hit a brick wall as her Facebook account has now been deactivated.

But we managed to get the screenshots as well as an audience with Nox who pleaded the fifth saying silence is golden and can never be misquoted.

“No comment, iHarare, silence can never be misquoted,” he said.

Find below the screenshots:

The Girl

iHarare Whatsapp chat with Nox

Self-proclaimed Dancehall King, Winky D-real name Wallace Chirimuko insists that he still rules the roost when it comes to the bubble gum like music genre and is not going anywhere!

Despite the emergence of a new crop of talented dance hall artistes over the last few years, Biggie-as the chanter is fondly known-says he has been at the helm for the past decade.

The Kambuzuma bred chanter opened up in his latest single titled Dancehall Igwe.
Self-proclaimed Dancehall King, Winky D-real name Wallace Chirimuko insists that he still rules the roost when it comes to the bubble gum like music genre and is not going anywhere!
Part of the song lyrics go: “Ngavandiwaridzire chi red carpet…buda munzira separi kuuya motorcade. Ninja security yakabata ma machete..chingamidzai dancehall Igwe, ten years ndiri panyanga and handibve.

“Crown inenge woolen yangu saka haibve…Biggie ndi dancehall igwe.”

He goes on to brag he was the first Dancehall artist to play for Arabs and White people, he however adds that in the same track that it’s not boasting but merely stating a fact that he has shaped the genre to be what it is to date and he has been rewarded by a high number of endorsement deals.

He also urges dancehall artistes to desist from using Juju so that they rule Dancehall since it does not last.
Download The Song Here

Yeukai Karengezeka Arts Correspondent

Pint-sized gospel musician Mathias Mhere celebrated his 26th birthday and launched his DVD album “Nguva YeNyasha” in style on Friday night at the Rainbow Towers hotel.

The colourful event was graced by various company representatives, musicians, pastors and politicians.

Pastor Charles and Olivia Charamba, Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave and husband Courage, Jah Prayzah and Pah Chihera were some of the celebrities that graced the event.

Kuwadzana East Member of Parliament Nelson Chamisa, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority boss Karikoga Kaseke and Zimbabwe Union of Musicians patron Webster Shamu were also present. Different musicians took turns to celebrate with Mhere.

First on stage was the group CCAP Choir that sang three songs and was followed by upcoming gospel-dendera musician Saiwe Chimbetu.

She thrilled fans with song “Ndinopupura” a fusion of dendera and gospel.

Mathias Mhere launches DVD in style
Other artistes that performed were Sebastian Magacha who thrilled fans with the songs “Bhosvo” and “Satan Imbavha”.

Upcoming gospel songbird Chipo Chipwanyira, Alfa Ngonidzashe, Flem B of “Kana Church Yanakidza” fame, flamboyant Mudiwa Hood and rising youth dance group Ses’fikile made a mark with good performances.

The birthday boy later on performed some of his songs on the latest album including “Sahwira”, “Ziya Rangu”, “Pamazuva Angu” and “Favour”.

Most fans screamed out of surprise as Jah Prayzah and his three dancers joined Mhere on stage on the song “Sahwira” and they put up well choreographed dances.

Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development Samuel Undenge who was the guest of honour said artistes play an important role in building the nation.

“Musicians play an important role in the economic development of our nation. We are there to support them and they should be able to get instruments in an easy way. Music shows a person’s culture and Mhere did an awesome work,” he said.

Blessed morning Maninja, hope you had a ninjaful weekend.You can download The Ninja President's most requested new tune titled PAZVIKONA on a riddim produced by Bhobho from the link below. This song offers practitioner's dimension to understanding the social vices that have gained currency amongst the urban youths.

Winky D DiBigman's new tune titled PAZVIKONA
Specifically,it looks at the flow of harmful substances on the streets. Everyday observations of the streets by the artist provides empirical insights into how appalling the situation has become and the interface between the youths and older brothers {madzikoma} in the context of abuse and ensuing practical challenges of coming up with a panacea for addressing self injurious youth behaviors.

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Tawanda Marwizi Arts Correspondent
Musician Hosiah Chipanga, who is also Messiah Apostolic Prophetically Inspired People’s Institution Church (Mapipi) apostolic sect leader, has taken a swipe at Johannes Ndanga for his approach in banning Madzibaba Ishmael Mufani’s church.
Ndanga, who is Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe leader, recently visited Mufani’s shrine in Budiriro where he clashed with Madzibaba’s Mufani’s followers when he announced that the sect had been banned.

Chipanga said Ndanga was supposed to summon the church elders than visit them at the shrine.

“He (Ndanga) was supposed to summon the church leaders and explain the issue rather than humiliate them in front of their women and followers,” said Chipanga.
Hosiah Chipanga takes a dig at Ndanga
The “Kwachu Kwachu” singer said there was no need to take riot police to the shrine as if they knew violence was going to erupt.

“I don’t think it was a good idea to take the riot police to a shrine as if it was a place for hooligans.

“It explains why the followers reacted angrily because there were worshippers and not hooligans,” he said.

Chipanga said the probability that the police and Ndanga officials were beaten by God was high.

“They did not respect the shrine so we cannot dispute the fact that the congregants were inspired by God to beat them up,” said the outspoken musician.

Turning to his Mapipi church, Chipanga said he was still to register it before taking it across the country.

“Mine is underway and we are yet to register it with the ACCZ so that we can start crusades,” he said.

Chipanga formed his church in 2012 which never took off except for postings on social networks.

The controversial lyricist, described himself as Noah in one of his songs titled “Nharo” from his latest album “Mumweya”.

In the song, he encouraged people to learn something about the nature of God from the Noah and Ark story, including that God cannot tolerate sin and that sin will not go unpunished.

The four-track album features songs that include “Shoko RaMwari”, “Zimbabwe Ndeyemweya” and “Nharo”.

Jonathan Mbiriyamveka Entertainment Reporter
Chris Musabayana, the organiser of “Baba aSharo @46” birthday bash held over the weekend at Andy Millar Hall says despite Oliver Mtukudzi’s no show, he was still a happy man.
Mtukudzi was scheduled to perform at the gig to mark Alick Macheso’s 46th birthday but he failed to make it as he had other shows lined up in South Africa and Mozambique the same weekend.

“Look, Tuku didn’t owe me an apology. If he did apologise, he should have apologised to the people that he owed an apology.

Thanks but no thanks, Musabayana tells Tuku
“An apology is a virtue and I believe that Tuku is virtuous and thanks but no thanks. To be honest I sometimes shock myself because if you look at the show it’s been a success.

When I talk of success I don’t talk about the numbers but happiness and that’s what happened, people are happy,” Musabayana said.

Mtukudzi who was billed to perform alongside Suluman Chimbetu, Peter Moyo, Soul Jah Love, Progress Chipfumo and other musicians, apologised to Macheso just a day before the show.

“We wish Macheso all the best with the celebrations and apologise as we are unable to join him at Glamis due to unforeseen circumstances. We are, however, planning a show with Macheso and other musicians in August so that we can celebrate together,” Mtukudzi said.

Surprisingly, Mtukudzi had flown into Harare on Tuesday to perform at the European Council on Tourism and Trade Awards ceremony on Wednesday before jetting out shortly after the event.

The “Todii” singer flew to South Africa, en route to Mozambique where he had a number of studio dates and meetings that have had to be rescheduled several times.
Most people asked why Mtukudzi failed to turn up when the birthday show had been advertised a month in advance.

Others claimed the snub had nothing to do with Mtukudzi/Macheso relations but was a result of a long standing dispute between Musabayana and Mtukudzi.

This, the observers said, emanated from a previous sold out show organised by Musabayana in which Mtukudzi performed and was paid in full but then he later asked for a “top up” to which Musabayana refused.

Dr. Clarence release a video entitled 'Vachihuri,' and this is what Dr. Clarence had to say:
Dr Clarence - VaChihuri (Zimbabwe) The full Official Version
People lets not disgrace our communities. Do you still remember the Budirio varoyi saga, Now in Budiriro again the Vapostora saga. Madzibaba nzira who was arrested for rape was a leader of Johane Masowe echishanu. Numerous shootings, murders, rapes, anaGumbura ava. Pastors manipulating, church members to eat grass. 
Dr Clarence has released a full video entitled vaChihuri you can watch and download for free, below:


Reckson Mandizvidza Entertainment Reporter
Musician Desmond “Stunner” Chideme, who has gradually been losing ground on the local music terrain, is a happy man following his nomination for the 2014 African Muzik Magazine Awards.

Stunner has been nominated in the Best Male (Southern Africa) category alongside the likes of South African singer Khuli Chana as well as Slap Dee of Zambia. The local rappper said the nomination is a great achievement as it shows that he is in the right direction musically.
Stunner on cloud nine
“I was really excited to be nominated and I am even more proud of myself considering the guys I’m up against,” said Stunner.
“The nomination tells me that whatever I am doing is just fine and the steps may be short but they are definitely in the right direction.”

The urban grooves singer whose songs such as “Team Hombe” and “Godo” were the youths anthem for some time said over the years he had been experimenting with different sounds but now believes he has found a unique style that would define his music.

“Over the years I have been experimenting with different sounds trying to find my ideal footing. Some of the sounds have not been successful while others made a mark but now I believe I have sounds which I can relate to as part of the Stunner brand and the nomination comes as an icing on the cake,” he said.

The singer has been in the music business for some time but his big breakthrough came with the 2006 hit “Team Hombe” which seems to have transformed both his fortunes and career.

The African Muzik Magazine awards are set to be held on July 26 in Richardson, Texas in the US. The awards are hugely based on votes from the general public and Zimbabwean music followers would be the major contributors to the musician’s performance at the awards.

By Garikai Mazara
It is quite sad, and ironic, too, that when the genre that most Zimbabweans have come to identify as their own, sungura, is facing challenging times, the king of that genre is facing personal problems.
Alick Macheso
That Alick Macheso is the king of sungura is non-debatable and the sooner he recovers from the personal problems that have entered his bedroom, assuming that the problems have had a material effect on his performances and musical career, the better it is for local music, sungura in particular.

On face value, there seems to be no correlation between Macheso’s marital problems and his career. His last attempt, Kwatabva Mitunhu, did not impact heavily on the market, and that was well before his domestic woes came into the public domain. So one might conclude that there is no relation between his problems with Tafadzwa and the manner with which his album has been poorly received.

There is hope, though, amongst his fans that the recent developments in Macheso’s personal life will likely spur the cougar in him and that the next album is likely to be a hit, typical of his Zvakanaka Zvakadaro days, an album with six hits.
There is also another school of thought that still mourns Tongai Moyo’s death endlessly. If Tongai was alive and kicking, our sungura scene would be a lot better, a lot hotter, the chorus goes. Rivalry, this school of thought further argues, is the key to any genre and the moment that Dhewa breathed his last, that is the moment that sungura also breathed its last. At least for the time being.

This explains why dancehall has risen to take that gap which has been left yawning by sungura.

Or could it be that dancehall filled the gap that was left open by urban grooves? Urban grooves, the genre that made artists like Ngoni Kambarami, Diana Samkange, Nox, Roy and Royce, Roki, Plaxedes Wenyika, and a host of many other artistes popular. Remember how urban grooves nights were popular, first at the now closed Sports Diner (where horse-race betting is now taking place) and later on at the equally closed KFC?

Though various theories and explanations have been thrown around regarding the emergence of dancehall, and the seemingly poor patch that sungura is going through, what is not arguable is that music is dynamic, very dynamic.

Whereas the Sex Pistols drove thousands crazy during the 70s, the same cannot be said about that kind of appeal today. For we have Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Pharrell, among other names, running the show today.

Whilst it might have been very optimistic to hope that sungura, because it is a home-grown genre, would run the show until eternity, a simple look at the ever-changing music landscape will show that no genre, nor artiste, can hold forte for eternity.

For instance, rhumba music used to be the music at almost every party, forcing upon us artistes like Papa Joze (Ndochi) along the way. When rhumba was the craze, almost every now and then Harare and Bulawayo would play host to Congolese artistes and Kanda Bongoman would perform in the said towns as regularly as Macheso does today. Then just like that, rhumba went out of fashion.

In some quarters it might seen as mischievous when an allusion is made to rivalries but truth is that such relationships have existed, locally or internationally, with an ease reference being the composition of such songs as Leonard Dembo’s Madhiri, which many assume was a tribute to Simon Chimbetu’s incarceration. Chimbetu, for his part, hit back when Dembo had gone six feet under, composing Haina Window.

Though Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo have for long denied the existence of any rivalry between them, it is a public secret that the two would not drink from the same cup.

So it is in that context, that rivalry is good for any genre, that is why many are arguing that the absence of a fierce rival to Macheso might be the reason why sungura is now on a low. Well, the music scene might be having Suluman Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah, but it would be a misnomer to call their co-existence with Macheso anything near a rivalry.

When part of Macheso’s band left Orchestra Mberikwazvo for Sulu’s Orchestra Dendera, there seemed, at least for a while, to emerge a pattern of rivalry but that their genres are as different as day and night, the rivalry did not live for long. Besides, Sulu, given his age, appears more of a son to Macheso than a rival.

But with Tongai Moyo and Macheso, it was neck and neck. An urban legend goes on to allege that they even competed when it came to the fairer sex, at times clashing at the same woman. That is the kind of rivalry that is missing today, and you can feel it in Macheso’s compositions, that they tend to be rather laid back. His latest album lacks that punch, the hitting lyrics, which were commonplace at the height of his feud with Dhewa.

Extra Kwazvose, fine they might be an off-shoot of Orchestra Mberikwazvo, but we are yet to find out how good they are. Their first offering did not convince many, if any, of the sungura followers, that they can be a threat to Macheso. Which leaves their second release, made available to the market on Wednesday, an album to listen to attentively.

Nicholas Zacharia, fine he has been there for decades now and his Khiama Boys is where Macheso was born and bred but that Macheso went on to steal the limelight from him, the so-called Senior Lecturer, can only be testimony of the kind of competition he can be expected to give to Macheso.

Pengaudzoke, if they had been as united as they were from the beginning, should have been the band to give Macheso some form of competition but the Somanje brothers are like oil and water, yet they were born of the same mother and father.

So for the local sungura genre to keep vibrant, it rests with the likes of Suluman Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah to keep the fire burning so as to replicate what prevailed in the 80s. In spite of different genres, John Chibadura, James Chimombe, Marshall Munhumumwe, Leonard Dembo, Mukoma Ketai, Solomon Skuza, among a host of other names, kept the local music on the charts. The Sunday Mail

Stanely Mushava Christian entertainment
Worship Addicts are in another flight of creativity with a hot new offering entitled “Kuregerera in Advance.” The single is featured on the group’s compilation “Worship Addicts Select One” which was recently launched at AFM’s annual convention in Rufaro.
Also featured on the compilation are tracks “Unonakirwa,” “Ndinobudirira Chete,” “Show Me Your Face,” “Ndinoshuvira,” “Looking to You” and “Kune Zita.”

The compilation carry the group’s signature worshipper-at-heart ethic, while indulging touches of humour in some of the tracks.
Worship Addicts releases compilation album
“Kuregerera in Advance” is an emotive and lyrically varied track about forgiveness where the persona changes from a cheated spouse to a dumped child to a maligned pastor, in each case granting unreserved forgiveness to offenders.

Worship Addicts leader Takesure Zamar Ncube’s imposing voice jolts the audience to attention from the outset as he alternates between looking at life conflicts and urging the triumph of forgiveness. The Beitbridge-born psalmist told Herald Entertainment that “Kuregerera in Advance” promotes forgiveness and peace in families, churches and, ultimately, the nation.

“In the song I handle different situations. There is a child who is calling to an irresponsible father whom he has never seen all his life but he has a forgiving heart which says daddy wherever you are just know that I love you,” Zamar said.

“It challenges even a pastor to say his congregation he is aware of the things they say about him but he has already forgiven them.

“When we fall in love, we are fully aware that the companions to whom we tie ourselves are fallible hence the concept of forgiving in advance,” he said.

“There you go on Whatsapp, flirting with other guys, my heart is aching but I forgive.

“As the Lord forgave me, I have already forgiven you in advance,” translates some of the lyrics.

“Mama, I heard you once dumped into a bin but I forgive you.

“Daddy, we have never met, I had you disowned pregnancy, but I love and forgive as the Lord forgave me.

“As for you congregates, I know you will backbite, ‘The pastor is stealing money; he no longer has power, he no longer has the message, his wife can’t dress’ but I forgive you as the Lord forgave me, I also forgive you,” goes the song.

The other tracks are culled from different albums in the group’s devotional series. “Unonakirwa,” is a humorous jam with a sungura-like feel, is about the thrill of having the Holy Spirit in one’s life. The persona narrates his first day in a charismatic church when he is invited upfront but determines not to fall lest he compromise his swagger in front girls. Before he knows it he is on the floor in glossolalic convulsions.

“Ndinobudirira Chete” urges Christian to be wary of making wrong confession since life and death are in power of the tongue.

One of the group’s most popular track “Ndinoshuvira” is a laid-back but forceful worship track where the persona longs for the presence of God as a heart pants for a drinking brook.

“Show Me Your Face” and “Looking to You” extol the Lord Jesus and express a meek and dependent attitude to God.

Zamar has previously recorded six albums with the Worship Addicts band which was incepted in 2010.

Their debut offering was “Praise Addicts Vol 1” in 2011. The group has proven to be prolific by recording six more albums, some of them double-CDS, in the space of three years.

King of sungura Alick Macheso can do no wrong!
At least according to those willing to marry their brands to Zimbabwe’s 21st century music sales record-breaker, a chart topper of note, winner of countless awards and an entertainer of choice — for many.
For all his shenanigans, the controversy he is embroiled in and the bad publicity following him — Macheso is still of value to his corporate partners.

First to come out in the open was Tinashe Mutarisi, the youthful chief executive of Nash Paints, the company that gave Macheso a US$10 000 singing on fee and a one-year renewable contract for being their brand ambassador.

In an interview with this publication, Mutarisi said as a company they benefited a lot from Macheso as he fulfilled all his contractual obligations like a true professional.
Macheso brand remains unscathed
“Unless those who investigate these cases prove beyond reasonable doubt that he indeed did what he is being accused of, we will not terminate our relationship with him.

“He has been an outstanding ambassador for us, a joy to work with and has helped us launch our new product — the Kochekera Paint Promotion; he fulfils all his obligations to the company. To us there is no better someone to work with and we will let the law take its course until it is obvious that he did something wrong,” said the affable Mutarisi, whose company recently opened two new branches in Masvingo and Gweru.

Maxwell Phiri, the secretary-general for the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, said he was aware of the allegations being levelled against Macheso and has been following the reportage on the developments and take the accusations seriously. However, he said since it is Macheso’s personal life, they will let the authorities do what they have to do.

“As an organisation we have a robust and effective mechanism in place to monitor and prevent abuse of persons under our care. We will not seek to replace the work of the authorities like the Zimbabwe Republic Police by judging what may or what could have happened.

“In the interest of Red Cross Society we prefer not to speculate on the outcome of investigations being done. The truth shall come out and it is then that we will decide on the course of action,” said Phiri.

Efforts to get a comment from Innscor Group corporate affairs manager Musekiwa Kumbula were fruitless. However, it has been three weeks since the Macheso divorce story and its juicy sound bites came into the public domain and there seems to be no action from the company, whose bread-making division Baker’s Inn has an endorsement deal with the top artiste.

Scandals of this magnitude have been known to cost sportsmen and artistes a leg and arm in corporate deals worldwide. Top golfer Tiger Woods lost watchmaker Tag Heuer, energy drink firm Gatorade, carmaker General Motors and sports company EA Sports, to name just a few, after revelations about his private life shattered his image. Closer to home, South African paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, whose murder trial is still ongoing, lost his more than US$2 million worth of endorsements a year, after news of his shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp got out.

Could the Macheso issue have something to do with the Zimbabwean corporate culture? Or is Macheso a sacred cow? Maybe the companies are simply employing a wait and see attitude — only time will tell.

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