Friday, 30 September 2011

Winky D and Stunner to rock Coca Cola Pimped Up Ride Launch

Winky D
Reggae and dancehall prodigy Winky D and urban grooves singer Stunner will go head-to-head at the Coca-Cola Pimped Up Ride launch in the Africa Unity Square tomorrow.
The two artistes command a huge following among the urban youths with their fiery lyrical delivery that relate more to their day-to-day life.

Winky D and Stunner to rock Coca Cola Pimped Up Ride

Reggae and dancehall prodigy Winky D and urban grooves singer Stunner will go head-to-head at the Coca-Cola Pimped Up Ride launch in the Africa Unity Square tomorrow. The two artistes command a huge following among the urban youths with their fiery lyrical delivery that relate more to their day-to-day life. 

Winky D, who is lovingly called by such sobriquets as the Bigiman or the "Messi of Reggae" by his fans, is one of the hottest performers at the moment. With several hit songs up his sleeve such as "Musarova Bigiman", "Takaipa Takaipa", "Green Like Mi Garden", "Buss Di Shot" and " Bhachi neJean", he is set to delight fans churning out hit after hit.
Currently, Winky D has been in the studio working on new songs that, according to his manager Jonathan Banda, are sure to cause a stir on the music scene. 

Other upcoming artistes have tried in vain to take shots at Winky D, but he remains focused on perfecting his act rather than engage in a war of words.
Usually, he likes to respond to his detractors through hard-hitting songs, which in the end make him popular with fans. Humility, however, has become his biggest strategy.
Winky D, who was born Wallace Chirumiko, has built a firm fan base even beyond Zimbabwean borders where he continues to make waves. His last performance at the Harare International Festival of the Arts sponsored by Coca-Cola, and the recent Zim's Finest shows how much confidence music promoters have in Winky D.

On the other hand, Stunner - whose real name is Desmond Chideme - is riding on Power FM charts with his latest single titled "Godo" that features Ba Shupi on vocals. Stunner who is known for his "bling bling" whenever he takes to the stage will be more than ready to give his fans a lifetime experience.

Apparently, Stunner and Winky D have a duet together titled "Vaudze" and fans should expect to see the musicians sharing the stage. But Stunner is really no pushover as he mentions in "Godo" where he likens himself to a shark. 

He is versatile on vocals and brilliant on stage work. Major Tikiwa of Multi Media, who are putting together the show, urged fans to throng Africa Unity Square for the free gig. "We are officially launching the Pimped Up Ride promotion on Saturday which will run until January 8. We urge all those who love music to come and enjoy with us as we present Winky D and Stunner," he said.

High Budget Video - Vanessa Sibanda featuring Soulja

Buffalo Soulja and former Miss Zimbabwe collaborated and shot a highly acclaimed video in South Africa. The Video was directed and edited by Tough Sunday productions and Buffalo Soulja the same people who are shooting video for big names such as P Square and Dbanj . You can sample the video below:
What do you think, I think these guys have set a gold standard for all musicians in Zimbabwe......

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Ex Tuku Band Members - Charles and Namatayi Chipanga to hold first public show

FORMER Black Spirits band members who parted ways with their paymaster under unclear circumstances will be holding their FIRST public show on October 8 at East End Hall at the Showground. The ‘rebels’ will also be unveiling their new name, Chalenam, H-Metro can reveal. The name Chalenam was derived from the prefixes of the two band leaders’ names Charles (Chipanga) and wife Namatai (Mubariki).

Italian jazz maestro Francesco Bearzatti to perform in Harare

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Italian jazz artiste Francesco Bearzatti and his Tinissima Quarte band are set to perform at this year's October International Jazz Festival which will be held in from October 7-16.
The festival is a cultural exchange initiative of the Italian Embassy in Harare in partnership with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and Pamberi Trust.

Aspiring Zimbabwean Musician set to marry Namibian Diva Tequila

NAMIBIAN Afro-pop diva Tequila says that her wedding to aspiring musician from Zimbabwe, Mr. Simple, has been postponed to next year. Mr Simple is a dancehall artist who lives in Namibia at the moment. The couple was supposed to say “I do” this September, but the wedding has been postponed, apparently due to other family matters. Tequila confirmed that they are planning to get married in January.

James Chimombe's son Fred living in abject poverty at Hopley Farm

James Chimombe was one of the greatest music artist to emerge from modern Zimbabwe. His musical prowess was unique; his blend of music was a fusion of Jazz and sungura. His music is still a joy tom listen to even though he has been gone for over a decade. 
                              The house that Fred Chimombe built

Dont cry at my shows - Tongai Moyo

SUNGURA musician Tongai Moyo fired early warning shots ahead of the Zim’s Finest gig when he put up a sterling performance at a family show at Harare Gardens at the weekend. Dhewa as he is affectionately known in the music circles has been in and out of hospital but he has continued to wow the crowds every time he has taken to the stage.

Sharon Macheso: I did not have backyard abortion am a virgin

Sharon Macheso spent the greater part of last week admitted in hospital amid rumours that she suffered complications in a backyard abortion. The dormitory town of Chitungwiza was awash with word that Alick Macheso’s eldest daughter and socialite developed complications in the backyard abortion. However, the 22-year-old socialite and Alick Macheso’s eldest daughter thwarted the rumours and set the record straight.

Tuku shares stage with Hugh Masekela in Maseru this weekend

The Morija Arts and Cultural Festival is hosting Tuku and Hugh Masekela at the 2011 edition of the fest in Maseru next month. Tuku and Masekela will share the stage with several local musicians at the main arena (Jazz Famo) at 8pm on Saturday 01 October 2011. Festival organizers said tickets for the show are available at Computicket and Shoprite stores. The two musical icons have in the past shared the stage but rarely do so nowadays because of their increasingly busy schedules. This makes this show entirely special and one not to miss for our fans in Maseru. If you are in Lesotho, make a date with Samanyanga for a joyous musical journey...
Culled from Tuku Music 

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Zimbabwe Fashion Week Starts 30 September 2011

The Zimbabwe Fashion Week Trust will be honouring the late Sonny Mackolisky, for his contribution to the Fashion Industry in Zimbabwe, as well as his participation as a trustee of The Zimbabwe Fashion Week Trust and his unwavering support. 
                    Priscilla Chigariro - Founder Zimbabwe Fashion Week
The event will take place at Joina City in Harare. The event will take place from 30 September to 3rd October, 2011.

Nyasha Matonhodze graces Vogue Japan

ZIMBABWE’S teenage modelling sensation, Nyasha Matonhodze, is again making the headlines being featured in a photoshoot dubbed “Movement and Shape” photographed by Sølve Sundsbø and styling by Katie Grand for Vogue Japan. 

Nyasha will model dresses from Chanel, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen and more. The radiantly stunning model will appear in the November 2011 issue of Vogue Japan. Nyasha knocks out some ferocious poses in the magazine (see photos after the cut).

Vabati VaJehova Still going strong

Mamrod Magaya, leader of popular apostolic choral group Vabati VaJehovah, has said their group and music has grown stronger with the release of their new album Denga Idzva recently. Speaking after a pulsating performance at the Commissioner’s Funfair at Morris Depot grounds, Magaya said the album had been well received.“

Mercy Johnson and John Dumelo to attend AAMMA Awards in Australia

Top African actors, John Dumelo and Mercy John will join a host of celebs as special guests at the 3rd edition of the Afro Australian Music And Movie Awards (AAMMA) slated for Sydney, Australia on October 15.
The award ceremony which will be hosted at the Enmore Theatre, Newtown Sydney will also see appearances from Pascal Atuma, Awilo Longomba, NSW Opposition Leader MP John Robertson, Nigerian High Commissioner, Ayo Olukanni, Desmond Elliot and Laj.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Is Mafriq Spliting?

IN A DEVELOPMENT that might mark the beginning of the end for Mafriq; word making rounds has it that the talented urban grooves outfit has split. H-Metro is reliably informed that the group’s rapper and video producer Tunga T (real name Tungamirai Mavi) has gone on a solo gospel project and is way past ‘earthly things’. 

Jamaican Dance-hall Star Lutan Fyah leaves Harare asking for more

JAMAICAN dancehall artiste Lutan Fyah (real name Anthony Martin) showed why he is regarded as one of the bestselling artistes at the moment with a five-star performance that left the crowd asking for more at the weekend. Fyah, as he is popularly known in the music industry, kept the sizeable crowd that attended the gig on their feet all night long with his energetic dances and melodious voice.

Jamaican Gospel Singer Chevelle Franklyn to Perform in Ghana

Jamaican gospel singer, Chevelle Frankyln is set to storm Ghana in grand style on October 2.
She is scheduled to headline a unique praise concert, alongside some notable Ghanaian artistes, in which the music for the day will be solely presented in an island-flavoured fashion, typical of the Caribbean- reggae and its variations.

Renowned DJ Black Coffee to do his thing at MTV European Music Awards

South African producer par excellence and DJ, Black Coffee, will represent and raise the South Africa flag high at the MTV European Music Awards, showing the whole world what Africans can "scratch" the disc pad. Other artists representing the continent are Angola's sensation Cabo Snoop, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Fally Ipupa and Wiz Kid, who have been nominated for EMA success for the first time.

Ghanaian Songstress Mzbel embarks on European Tour

Ghanaian sexy songstress, Nana Ekua Amoah known in Showbiz as Mzbel is going abroad for for two international shows, The Best of Ghana Music Explosion 2011, in Belgium and Germany respectively.

The maiden concert, put together by Ahenfie Restaurant and Da Ausländerz, comes on October 1 at the Cultureel Centrum Ter Schelde in Antwerp, Belgium with the second coming off on October 15 at Kultur Bunker, Berlinerstr in Cologne, Germany.

Ron Kenoly live in Lagos on the 30th of September, 2011

Renowned US Gospel singer is poised to perform in Nigeria end of this month. The globally acclaimed gospel star, Ron Kenoly will be coming to Nigeria for the second time this year to perform at Nite of Splendour. The evening praise and worship holds on Friday, September 30, at the Lekki Light Centre (LLC) parish of Illumination Assembly.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) Back after a long absence

The Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA), the country’s own version of the glitzy American Grammys, have roared back into life after four years of inactivity blamed on economic hard times. The awards will now be held on a date to be disclosed soon but the organizers hinted the event would possibly be as soon as January, 2012. 

Commissioner-General’s Funfair a huge success in Harare

THE 12th edition of the Commissioner-General’s Funfair has been described as a resounding success. The mammoth family show, which attracted tens of thousands, paraded a star-studded line-up of musicians which kept revellers entertained from start to finish. 

RnB Crooner Nox Guni Set for UK Gig this weekend

Zimbabwe popular RnB crooner Nox Guni is set to embark on his maiden tour to the UK this weekend. The tour comes on the heels of his successful concerts with Zimbabwe's heavy weights Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso. Nox is looking to spread his love gospel to audiences overseas.

Lauryn Hill sued for breach of contract

Do you still remember the Fugees? Yes, Lauryn Hill?. Well she is being sued by a fashion consultant for breach of contract. The gist is that the Fashion consultant who fitted Lauryn Hill with clothes for her European tour back in 2007 is suing the singer, claiming Lauryn jacked her threads. According to a lawsuit filed in L.A.  

Stage set for Michael Jackson manslaughter case

IT'S the showbiz trial of the century, in the entertainment capital of the world. The twelve people who will decide Dr. Conrad Murray's fate have been chosen. A jury of seven men and five women was selected out of 84 prospective jurors in Michael Jackson's manslaughter trial. 
                                             Defending attorney - Ed Chernoff
                                 Key Prosecution witnesses - Jackson's children
                          Prosecuting LA Deputy District Attorney - David Walgren

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Zimbabwe Film Festival 2011

If you happen to be in Harare between 30 to 7 October make a date to attend the 2011 Zimbabwe film Festival in Harare. This year's theme is 'Finding new ground'. The new ZIFF is going to bring primarily new provocative and cutting edge African Feature films, short films, and documentaries to Harare. 

Mbira - Zimbabwe's Rich Musical Instrument

In Zimbabwean music, mbira music is music played on an instrument called mbira, a traditional instrument of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. To many people Mbira music appears extremely repetitive, or cyclical. However, in most Mbira music, there are minute variations, suggestive of the minimalist movement in western music. As usual in African music, rhythm plays an important part. The rhythms are often quite intricate and to some extent dictate the form of the melody

More videos after the cut......

Mai Shingisai Siluma - Gospel Artist of the week

This week am featuring one of my favourite Zimbabwean Gospel artist - Mai Shingisai Siluma. Shingisai was born into a musical home. Her father was a pastor. By the age of eight she had already joined her family singing in church. By the time she turned seventeen Shingisai was leading the church choir in praise and worship. 

Tuku brought Bulawayo to a standstill with exceptional showmanship

Bulawayo- Superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukuzi brought Bulawayo to a stand still last night (Friday night ) when he celebrated his 59th birthday in style with more than 2 500 of his fans attending the “Birthday Show” at Large City hall. 

Lil Wayne to Perform in South Africa in December

Hip-hop artist Lil Wayne will visit South Africa in December as part of his world tour, Canoc Productions said on Saturday. Hip-hop artist Lil Wayne will visit South Africa in December as part of his world tour, Canoc Productions said on Saturday. The 28-year old Grammy-winning rapper would perform in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban during his “I Am Still Music” tour, said spokesman Glen Netshipise in a statement.
View his latest video after the cut....

I make more money from Farming than Music - Sulu

Sungura man of the moment, Sulumani Chimbetu, says he makes more money from farming than music. the young man says he is a farmer at heart and learnt the hard work ethic from his father. He took over his late father’s farm. “I am a farmer and I am proud to say that is where most of my earnings come from. I am also running a garage in Mabelreign so you can imagine how much I make from the two businesses besides music,” Sulu said. 

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Love Birds Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez taking a stroll at the beach

Justin loves 'long walks on the beach'. However, the 17-year-old singing sensation is happily involved with Selena Gomez, who seems to be enjoying a romantic seaside stroll as much as he is. The adorable couple had lunch at the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe in Malibu, California this afternoon before hitting the beach hand-in-hand. 

The 19-year-old singer and actress sported a laid-back, low-key look in denim shorts, a simple white sweater and camel-coloured ballet flats. Her boyfriend of nearly a year went for a trendier ensemble of a 'baby' blue T-shirt, cut-off jeans, a cap and hot pink trainers. The two brought new meaning to the phrase 'young loves dream' after discarding their shoes and hitting the beach.

Zimbabwean beauty to contest in international Pageant in Spain

UNITED Kingdom-based model, Nokuthaba Vuma is set to represent Zimbabwe at the Miss Intercontinental Beauty pageant to be held in Spain on October 7, 2011. She will compete with other beauty queens from all over the world for the coveted crown.

Dbanj says Oliver Twist not banned

Nigerian singer, Dbanj has denied rumours in Ghana that his buzzing new single, ‘Oliver Twist’ was banned by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) because he may have referred to the backside of Nollywood star actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Responding to a question by a journalist in Accra, during a press interaction for the Vodafone 020 Live Concert, DBanj stated that there was no such reference to Omotola in his song and that he didn’t see anything too special about Omotola’s bum anyway.

I only drink to spice up things in the bedroom – Van Vicker

Renowned Ghanaian actor, Van Vicker has stated that he does not drink or smoke but sometimes takes a little alcohol in the bedroom to get naughty or spice things up with his wife because love life at times gets stale, nothing more nothing less. Speaking on the “Stars on Parade” Segment on the 3 to 6 Show on Citi FM on Saturday, Van Vicker dispelled perceptions about him being a womanizer saying he is stuck to only his wife, Adjoa Vicker. 

Friday, 23 September 2011

Ghanaian Actor Van Vicker to try his hand in Music

Actor cum producer Van Vicker will in no time prove to Ghanaian musicians that he is capable of singing as he is currently working towards releasing a 12-track album. Even though Van had reportedly denied reports that he was recording with Stay Jay of ‘Shashiwowo’ fame, NEWS-ONE can say that the fine actor is currently in the studios. According to a NEWS-ONE source, he was recording with Lynx Entertainment and had so far recorded a number of songs.

Make a date with John Legend at Nelspruit Fest in South Africa

John Legend was in South Africa for the first time a few years ago and conquered many hearts, particularly among female music fans. Leading American R&B musician John Legend is coming to South Africa again, and this time, as on several previous occasions, he will do what he knows best: perform for his fans. He will grace the stages of South Africa next month on October 15.

Raising Michael Jackson's children - An Emotional interview With Jackson's mom

There is nothing that can give a better glimpse into Michael Jackson himself than meeting his mother Katherine. They have the same whispery high voice. The same hunted look. They have the same air of a person who has endured much, yet has a sense of naivety. More than anything else there is a feeling that she is not quite of this world. I am inside the Jackson family home. The decor is chintzy faux Versailles with a few Seventies browns and oranges. There are paintings of princesses, lots of sculptures of giant hands, galloping horses and the odd giraffe. There is an ornament depicting Michael Jackson holding up the world with doves and children. It’s ornate and sentimental, a bit like Michael. 
                               Latoya Jackson with her niece Paris-Michael Jackson

Lady Gaga wants to meet President Obama over Bullying

Lady Gaga wants to meet with President Barack Obama about her concerns over bullying.Gaga expressed sadness over Twitter Wednesday about the suicide death of a 14-year-old New York boy who had complained in an online video about being bullied over his sexuality. The pop singer tweeted to her 13.7 million followers: "I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end."

I am a broken man, says Tuku as he turns 59

Oliver Mtukudzi has spoken of his deep sorrow and heartbreak at the death of his uncle which has left him broken. He turned 59 yesterday but had no reason to celebrate as he was mourning the death of his trusted uncle, Wonder Mukuonoweshuro. Sukuru Wonder was his sound engineer and close confidant. Mtukudzi’s son, Samson passed away in March last year. “Zvakaoma shamwari. Ndiri kungofirwa. Zviri kunetsa,” said Tuku adding : “You can’t celebrate anything in light of the death. In our tradition the person’s soul is still wandering and has not rested amongst its ancestors so celebrating is far from my mind right now.”

Zimbabwean set to appear in American Reality Show

A Zimbabwean, Alexandra Govere is set to appear in an American reality show, The Real World: San Diego. Originally raised in a small village in Zimbabwe, this 22-year-old who currently lives in LA was the youngest person ever to compete on the Zimbabwean National Gymnastics Team! She is also an AIDS activist who founded the Kijana Project, a charity that supports AIDS orphans, and she was featured in Teen People as “One of 20 Teens Who Will Change the World”