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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

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.

Top local hip-hop musician Desmond Chideme affectionately known by his legion of fans as Stunner has been nominated among the Top 20 African Best Hip Hop artistes.

The nomination was posted on South African social media site sahiphopmag recently and caused a stir with many hip-hop fans immediately questioning how the compilers had come up with the list.

The “Dhafukorera” hitmaker is the only Zimbabwean on the list which includes the likes of Nigerian kingpin Olamide, South Africa’s K.O, award-winning Ghanain Manifest and Botswana former Big Brother housemate Zeus.
Stunner makes waves... Rated among Africa’s Top 20 hip-hop artistes.
The listers described him as definitely Zimbabwe’s most influential rapper and most successful at the moment.

“His art has taken him around the world and his music managed to get him nominations at award ceremonies in and outside Zimbabwe,” reads part of their citation.

Stunner, who came back from his tour last week, told this paper that he is overwhelmed with the recognition.

He said it will go a long way in developing his career as an artiste.

“With a little support from our locals, there is no reason for us not to be in the top 10 next year. I have done some good quality songs and videos that I have not released yet, so all I need now is the country’s support. Got a hand from a few Zimbabweans in the US and I’m thankful to David Gwatidzo and Lewis from Indianapolis. This is not the time to celebrate but to work towards the prize,” he said.

A music critic in Zimbabwe said Stunner deserved the nomination and given a chance he will scoop international awards.

“I think it’s high time Africa appreciated the talent we have. We are tired of having South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and all others dominating. Stunner is a force to reckon and believe you me he is the next big thing to happen in Africa.

“I like how he can easily ride on several beats and his composure in music. Recently in US, we heard he turned heads not only with his music but fashion sense as well,” he said.

Meanwhile, for the past weeks The Tazzoita Cash Records CEO has been fighting with award-winning gospel rapper Mudiwa after the two released the same song, with the similar title – ‘Vandikonewa’.

Both songs features Craig Bone on the chorus. A comparison of the tracks on Star Fm’s saw Stunner’s “Vandikonewa” beat Mudiwa’s “Vegodo Vandikonewa” with four votes while the gospel rapper had one.

The two have since gone on to release diss songs apparently aimed at each other. The Herald

Asked to make a comment on his sentiments toward Star FM, this is what the producer had to say. Please note that the content of this article have been solely provided by the producer.

I tried to deal with Star FM confidentially but now I am coming out in the public, Id like to take this time to remind all the Star FM DJs that, the radio is not your personal jukeboxes. All corrupt personnel will be dealt with accordingly, Male DJs who want sex for airplay will be dealt with. For the confidentiality of the female personnel involved I will only release the list and photo evidences in court. It doesn't make sense when only 5 out of 20 songs on Star Fm charts are local. This is a breach of Zimbabwe broadcasting act.

What happened to the 75 percent local content. These so called DJs are so busy promoting the Beyonces and Jay Z who contribute nothing to our economy and who do not pay tax in Zimbabwe. The link below is my open letter to Star FM. Please forward this until relevant authorities see this unpatriotic act by Star FM personnel.
Zim Producers says Star FM is a disgrace to all who died for our Liberation?
Mbuya Nehanda, Sekuru Kaguvi, Leopold Takawira, Hebert Chitepo did not die so that we can play Beyonces on our radio, Robert Mugabe was not arrested for more that 10 years so DJs can promote American and British music.

If Nehanda was alive would you play Jay Zee for her. The entire station is boycotting Soul Jah Love just because he had a fight with one of Star Fm Dj. I don't know which law they used to boycott him or if they had a court order to do so. These Star FM sellouts are becoming big headed, Soul Jah Love makes music for the nation, not for himself but for millions of Zimbabweans, now how do you justify depriving the entire nation off good music? If Soul Jah love was so bad how about fraudsters, murders, corrupts and thieves working for the radio, why are they not fired? Munhu akatukana nemunhu just because vatorerana mabhebhi otonouraya whole career yemunhu?

Did our war Heroes die that we could play American music on our Radio Stations?
Star FM; don't use the radio to get ladies and sex and most of you are blinging with clothes and jewelry from promoters, Radio is a Public Service and i have a constitutional right to a public opinion and scrutiny. This is a dispute and should be addressed immediately, I am a guy who never gets tired of fighting for my country. Attached Below is my Notice to Star FM which i have decided to turn into an open letter. No offense is intended and if any of Star FM staff is offended by my epistle then they are a sellout, Dzakutsaku.

By Vasco Chaya
HARARE – Gospel musician Mathias Mhere has conceded that the alleged adultery between his wife Susan Dzinamarira and his friend Gift Mahlupeka forced him to postpone his maiden tour of the United States (US).

The Favour singer, who was initially scheduled to begin his US tour on February 16, told the Daily News that he rescheduled the tour to give himself enough time to solve his marital problems.

“I have postponed the tour to end of April because it was not prudent for me to go ahead leaving my marriage in flames,” said Mhere.
Mathias Mhere
“Family is more important than everything after all. I wanted the dust to settle first before going on tour.”

A WhatsApp exchange between Dzinamarira and Mahlupeka convinced many Zimbabweans that the two were cheating, a view that was confirmed by Mhere himself.

But in a sensational turn of events, Mahlupeka claimed that the WhatsApp texts at the centre of the scandal were in fact penned by Mhere himself.

The Chimanimani-born Mahlupeka, who is also a gospel artiste, went on to release a song he claimed was meant to set the record straight and prove that the adultery saga was masterminded by Mhere to promote his latest album Glory to Glory.

But yesterday, without elaborating, Mhere said the sad episode was now water under the bridge.

“Like I told you recently, I no longer want to discuss my family matters in the press but all is now well between my wife and myself, that is why I am ready to resume my US tour,” said the Number Busy singer.

Despite the controversy that has dogged his life of late, Mhere is confident that the pending US tour will take his music career to the next level.

“Sadly, I have had to shelve the US tour twice due to pressing personal problems.

“Initially, I was supposed to tour the US in 2013 but I failed due to another personal issue which I later solved. I am now ready for the tour which I am sure will take me to a higher level,” Mhere elaborated.

“I am keen to use the US tour to market and promote my music in that country.”

The Gutu-born artiste rose to national prominence due to the success of his albums Anoita Minana and Nguva Yenyasha both produced by Lyton Studios.

Mhere’s latest album Glory to Glory was produced by Charles Aibeki, a former guitarist in gospel star Charles Charamba’s Fishers of Men.

According to Mhere, the latest album has reportedly sold more than 10 000 copies within a month. Daily News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Efforts to get a comment from Takadiwa, were unsuccessful.

Source: NewsDay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album

Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album

Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album

Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album

Sandra Ndebele launches seventh album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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