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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to africa's, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is the list of nominees:

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

Best Female Artiste

Lady Squanda
Empress Shelly

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

Best Vocalist
Seh Calaz
Guspy Warrior
Soul Jah Love
Pinco Spice

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

Best Social Message

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

Best Live Performer

Winky D
Dhadza D
Killer T
Ricky Fire

Best Zim dancehall Youngster

Ras Pompey
Reflex Mausa
Jah Child

Most Promising Artiste

Jerry B
Killer Man

Best Video Medley

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

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

Best dressed artiste

Winky D
Ricky Fire

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

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

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

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

Best club DJ

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

Best Conscious Riddim

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

Best Colabo Riddim

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

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

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

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

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

Most Improved Artiste

Tally B
Platinum Prince

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

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

People’s Choice awards

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

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