Monday, 31 October 2011
Zimbabwe has lost yet another artist, sound engineer Siphosenkosi Mkhuhlani who died on Sunday in a car accident on his way home from Chez Ntemba International club in Pretoria, South Africa. Mkhuhlani also known as TBA the Playboy, died alongside with his fiancée Theresa Tafirenyika aka Terri Fik. They were killed as they drove home following the successful launch of his first CD titled Uchandifunga.
Mkhuhlani was also chief executive Producer of the Chigutiro stable. He was the person that propped up many urban groove hits including the hit song Wandinoda sung by his best friend, Nox Guni.
Think you have to wait until tomorrow to listen to Justin Bieber's new album, 'Under the Mistletoe?' Think again! AOL Music has the CD one day early for your listening pleasure. Described by Justin as a Christmas album "that everyone would remember," the CD is filled with duets: From the remake of 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' with Mariah Carey, to 'Little Drummer Boy' featuring Busta Rhymes, to 'Fa La La' with Boyz II Men. Will J-Bieb's first holiday album be an instant classic? Take a listen and decide for yourself!
Listen to the songs here: Album
Former Miss Malaika Brita Masalethulini says her weight ballooned when she gave birth to her two children. Masalethulini means one which remains in dust but former Miss Malaika, Brita, has defied the nomenclature to set herself on a successful business path. Tall, shapely and exquisite, Masalethulini wowed crowds at pageants back in 1999 and became a household name.
Miss Zimbabwe, Malaika Mushandu, is among 122 contestants from around the world taking part at the Miss World pageant, which celebrates its 60th birthday this year. This means that Malaika (21) will have to put her shoulders to the wheel to pull it through to the finals of the competition where the bar has been raised high.
Interestingly, according to figures released on the Miss World website, over half the Miss World 2011 participants are in full time education studying for a degree, one in four are already graduates and over half speak three of more languages.
Sunday, 30 October 2011
Genius Kadungure did it again this year. Last year he hosted a birthday party, which was the talk of town. This year he repeated the same feat by splashing $17000 to host talk of the town party, which was well attended by all the socialites in Harare. Genius is young, urbane and rich.
He recently hosted an all-white party that has become the talk of the town. Twenty-Six year old Genius Kadungure has caused quite a stir after he hosted a lavish birthday party that has sent some tongues wagging. The party was held on October 9 at his Greystone Park home and the dress code was strictly all white.
These beauties were attending a party hosted by one Genius Kadungure in Harare.The dress code was strictly white. General Chiwenga’s new bride, Mary Mubaiwa, was among the crowd.
An all male judging panel has picked Harare’s Tanya Chikuni as this year’ Miss Curvy Zimbabwe.Tanya, a 3rd year University of Zimbabwe law student beat 15 other girls from around the country to win the national title.
Tanya, a 3rd year University of Zimbabwe law student beat 15 other girls from around the country to win the national title.
Jamaican reggae artists have found a rich nerve in Zimbabwe. This year alone has witnessed an influx of Jamaican Reggae artists coming to entertain and also earn US dollars for their efforts. This month sees Mr Vegas playing in Harare, while December features Red Rat playing in the capital towards Christmas. Why is it all of a sudden reggae has become the in thing in the country? This is evidenced by high turn out of fans at every one of these reggae shows......
Cristiano Ronaldo has been caught out red-faced after accidentally emailing sexy pictures sent by a beautiful fan to everyone in his address book. The football superstar, 26, even sent the racy snaps to his model fiancée Irina Shayk.'Cristiano’s phone has been buzzing with calls and emails from bewildered pals in the past few days,' a source told The Mirror.'They have all been ringing and messaging to ask what the hell the email is about. And of course they all want to know more about the girl in the pictures.'
After receiving messages from the Dutch fan, who reportedly told Ronaldo that she wanted to be with him, he accidentally hit 'forward' rather than 'delete' on the email.
Joe Thomas is a talented music who burst onto the music scene with his first release in 1993, since then, Joe has over the years collaborated with a number of artists, such as Keith Sweat and Mariah Carey. Joe Thomas will be heading to South African in December. His south Africa tour will see him perform at the Durban ICC on December 17 and the Sandton Convention Centre on December 18.
Saturday, 29 October 2011
UK based Zimbabwean singer Cynthia Mare last week Saturday scooped a BEFFTA (Black, Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts) Award for ‘Best UK Female Afro/Caribbean Act’ at a posh ceremony hosted in London. Cynthia was accompanied on stage in a touching moment of solidarity by fellow Zimbabwean nominees – Girl Child Network founder and former CNN Hero Betty Makoni, DJ Simba and designer of choice Leah African Design.
GRAMMY Award winning American gospel superstar Kirk Franklin will perform in Zimbabwe on December 4, he says in a video released on Friday. In the 34-second video, Franklin tells fans he is “coming back home”.
He says: “All God's people, this is your man Kirk Franklin. All my brothers and sisters I’m coming back home. December 4th, Zimbabwe, that’s right… Kirk Franklin and the whole crew, the whole band, that’s right, all the singers… no tracks, real live music in Zimbabwe... I will be there!” Ireland-based music promoters, Gospel Music Ireland (GMI), are behind the tour.
The Channel O Music Video Awards Red Carpet is always a sight to see from the clear hits to the major misses. Fashion and more Fashion is the name of the game and Africa has all the colours to make for a very interesting night.Last year the red carpet was taken on by a very fashionable Channel O presenter, Dineo Moeketsi, who got to chat to all the artists who came out to celebrate African music.
This year she is accompanied by Nigerian R&B sensation Banky W and they will be taking on the main awards show which will be broadcast LIVE on Friday, 11 November 2011 at 21:00 CAT.
A stuntman involved in a planned explosion died on the Bulgarian set of "The Expendables 2" on Thursday night, media reports out of the country confirm.The Sofia News Agency reports that the stuntman, who was working on a scene with a fake bomb explosion in a rubber boat, died in an accident that also injured two other performers working in a reservoir in the town of Elin Pelin. No further details as to the exact nature of the accident were provided. One of the injured performers is reportedly in critical condition.
A documentary chronicling the late Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo’s battle with cancer was launched on Thursday at 7 Arts Theatre, Avondale. The 30-minute film could have been an exceptional production had it not been for poor sound.Never in Zimbabwe have we had a film tracing the life of a musician from his happy moments to his time of illness until his death and burial. The narrator’s voice is very clear yet interviews with various parties are hardly audible. When the researcher interviews medical practioners, musicians and Dhewa’s wife, the sound just drops.
Friday, 28 October 2011
Miss April-Face of Zimbabwe, Sibo Bero is set to raise the Zimbabwean flag at an international fashion show to be held at Dalian Medical University in China, where she is currently studying medicine. The event on November 29, will be a showcase of different cultural, traditional and religious regalia. The purpose of the event is to fundraise for children in Zimbabwe whilst raising awareness of the country’s tourism destinations.
In an interview with Zim Life & Style Magazine, the stunning model and Face of Zimbabwe finalist said she had a great love for fashion and being in a university with a lot of international students she had been constantly intrigued by the beauty and diversity of clothing styles.
“In this place there are people from all over the world and coming from all sorts of religious backgrounds. I have a deep respect for all kinds of religion and I found this to be an opportunity to get a little more educated in that aspect. You see, some of the ladies wear head-wraps and I offered them the chance to model their religious dress and compose a few lines as to what it means to them and why they are proud of it. A number of people have already signed up for the auditions and I am very excited to see the colourful ensemble on the 29th.”
The picture perfect beauty will be using the Fashion Show as an awareness campaign for the charitable causes of Face of Zimbabwe Trust and also showcase Zimbabwe to her Chinese audience and hundreds of guests from other nationalities. Sibo says through a presentation she will make on the day she is hoping to get as many people as she can to sign up as sponsors to the children. Although she was only assigned two children Prudence Mugavazi and Arnold William she is set on providing sponsorship for more than just those two.
“I really believe in empowering people, the children we are focusing on already have guardians and in cases where it is possible I would want to see our assistance empower them so they can be capable of taking care of themselves and the children in their care. So this campaign which has taken up the adoptive title “My Brother’s Keeper” courtesy of Grace Mukombe, FOZ Charity Co-ordinator, is aimed at doing just that.
By my projection, I can see at least 200 people signing up to make a small contribution of about USD$5/month for a year. And I already have eighty people signed up. My vision is to start a fund now for a Face of Zimbabwe Outreach center in Zimbabwe that provides direct assistance for those in need and I have made a commitment to see this through for an entire year.
Five dollars less in anyone’s monthly budget can make a huge difference in the lives of these children who are in real need. I am also hoping a few people would be truly moved to go a step further and foster a relationship with these kids and facilitate it through letter-writing . People’s lives are going to change and this is through a commitment being made by numerous people from all over the world who I am highly indebted to. I hope the people of Zimbabwe may be inspired by such acts of love and realize they are capable of doing so much more for their own.”
Sibo says she would not have been able to organize the show if it wasn’t for IOMARC, which is International Organization for Medical Aid and Relief for Children(www.iomarc.org) . IOMARC is a group founded by passionate young people at Dalian Medical University, which has sent out aid to numerous places in times of disasters including Mongolia, North Korea and Japan. They will be holding a Halloween party concurrent with the Fashion Show and all the proceeds are set to go towards the Face Of Zimbabwe Campaign.
A spokesperson for Face of Zimbabwe, said “Face of Zimbabwe is about creating a platform for charity and marketing our country abroad and we are pleased that our models such as Sibo are using their beauty and brain to raise our flag in China in such a way”
MUSICIAN Tendai "Prince" Mupfurutsa and his business partner are alleged to have swindled a businessman of US$75 000 after making him pay for "exclusive" rights to sell beverages at the Akon Show in September last year. The two had no authority to give exclusive rights of selling beverages as they belonged to the owners of the stadium.
Nineteen curvaceous beauties from around Zimbabwe will this weekend take part in Miss Curvy national finals beauty contest in Harare. It will be held at the Platinum Lounge in Borrowdale on Saturday night. The beauty pageant in its debut has already become popular with locals after preliminary contests were held in Bulawayo, Harare and Mutare.
DESPITE having all sorts of unsavory talk over competition and rivalry, some musicians continue to hold successful shows together silencing their critics. One of such latest shows is the one pitting Sungura and Dendera titans Suluman Chimbetu, Freddy "Kapfupi" Manjalima and Josphat Somanje to be held at the Mbare Netball Complex this Saturday.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Radio and television personality Tich Mataz makes a welcome return to Power FM's drive time radio show. The veteran broadcaster who is arguably one of the finest voices on radio will add verve and spark to what is already an enthralling line up of disc jockeys on the station in the likes of Kudzi Marudza, Scott Mutengambiri, Tonderai Katsande, Bridget Gavanga and Witness Matema.
Oliver Mtukudzi and Chiwoniso Maraire have decided to deviate from their usual bracket of live show audiences and give “VIPs” a chance to watch them in action in a show branded as “elegant”. The internationally renowned musicians perform at 7Arts Theatre in Avondale on November 12 at a concert that will see fans parting with at least $30 to gain entrance. It is rare for local musicians to charge such a fee, but concert organisers have dubbed it “VIP Concert” and suggested that it will not be for ordinary showgoers.
The King of Pop has beaten The King to the top place on a list of top-earning dead celebrities. Michael Jackson's estate raked in an estimated $170m this year, while Elvis Presley secured second place with 55m, according to financial website Forbes.com.The Thriller singer, who died aged 50 of a drug overdose, is also the second highest-earning pop music act this year, dead or alive, Forbes.com said.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
SUPERSTAR Oliver Mtukudzi is working on CD that will feature international artiste Alicia Keys alongside mbira queen Chiwoniso Maraire. The project will feature other prominent regional artistes who are actively involved in charity work and the plight of children living with HIV and Aids. Its release is expected to coincide with World Aids Day marked on December 1. Alicia Keys is a Grammy Award-winning artiste with several billboard hits to her name.
TONGAI MOYO'S albums have stormed the airwaves as fans and record companies mourn one of Zimbabwe's sungura stars. The Utakataka Express frontman who died on October 15 from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, is posthumously riding on a new wave of popularity with fans not only going after his latest release "Toita Basa" but also his yesteryear albums like "Vimbo", "Vise", "Chechete" and "Ndazvimba Mapapu".A kombi driver plying the City-Highfield route said he was a big fan of Dhewa although he never used to attend his live shows.
Teen singing sensation Justin Bieber gave fans an early Christmas present with the release of a second single from his upcoming holiday album "Under The Mistletoe".
The single, "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire," is a festive R&B ballad on which Bieber duets with his mentor, Usher. The 17-year-old singer previously collaborated with Usher on the single "Somebody to Love" from his multi-platinum debut album "My World 2.0".
The new song premiered on celebrity Ryan Seacrest's radio show "On Air With Ryan Seacrest," and comes a week before Bieber's highly anticipated Christmas album is released, featuring collaborations with Usher, Mariah Carey, Boys II Men, The Band Perry and Busta Rhymes.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
He may have landed a plum gig hosting the Oscars next year, but Eddie Murphy is making sure expectations of his performance stay low. The 50-year-old actor and comic joked that people should expect the worst from him come awards night on February 26 2011. 'I think it's so funny that people think I'm the perfect for this,' he said during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
'I'm going to be horrendous. I'm going to be the worst host ever.' The star was speaking as he promoted his new film Tower Heist with Ben Stiller - last night he stepped out on the red carpet to promote the movie in New York City.
Reigning Miss Zimbabwe 2011 Malaika Mushandu is in England for the Miss World camp. She will represent Zimbabwe at the Miss World finale to be held on November 6 in London.Mushandu will compete with 122 beauties drawn from different parts of the world. She told NewsDay she was getting to know the models better and was having a pleasant stay in England.
Business mogul Philip Chiyangwa is full of surprises. Following his debut appearance in a locally-produced film, "The Gentlemen", it appears the overtly flashy businessman now wants to spread his tentacles into showbiz full time. He is set to star in two more local movies, and this time, he will not limit his talent to cameo parts, but would play some of the leading roles, making him one of the few businessmen to live his life, on and off the stage.
Monday, 24 October 2011
The Zimbabwe Association of Recording Industries (ZARI) has availed affordable CDs and DVDs on the market as it moves in to curb piracy. Purchased directly from the recording studios the cheaper CDs and DVDs will be priced from as little as US$1,50 for a CD and US$3 for a DVD.
Pirated music DVDs go for US$3 while CDs are selling for just US$1. Music lovers are now expected to pay not more than US$2 for a CD and US$4 for a DVD at all music shops and flea markets.The quality of the CDs and DVDs, however, still remains the same as the standard product with the only difference being packaging to cut costs.
Dendera music singer Allan Chimbetu believes his star is far from dimming and still has what it takes to warrant respect as one of the top most musicians in the cut-throat music industry. The Sony hit maker has apparently been playing second fiddle to nephew Sulumani Chimbetu ever since they separated ways.
Peter Moyo, the eldest son of the late Tongai Moyo says he has quit football to take charge of Utakataka Express. ”I returned home from South Africa to support my father. I have since stopped playing football so that I can concentrate on enhancing my music career and I have always wanted to be a musician,” he said.
It is with an entirely heavy heart that I learnt of the departure of Tongai Moyo on Saturday October 15, 2011. I worked with Tongai in the 1990s as the producer of his very first album, “Utakataka”. While we lived together in Kwekwe I made sure Tongai organised himself professionally and that he rehearsed together with the likes of Robert Chiriga (late).
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Award-winning 31-year-old Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright, Danai Gurira, revealed that her passion for the arts lies in her ability to create and tell stories rather than in the glitz and glamour of the industry. Giving a public talk recently, Gurira said she got into the arts industry at an early age and received overwhelming support from her parents, which helped shape her career.
Business tycoon, Philip Chiyangwa is continuing with his journey into the arts industrChiyangwa, who founded the Affirmative Action Group (AAG), made headlines last month following revelations that he featured in a new movie, The Gentlemen which also featured prominent South African artist, Presley Chiweneyagae.
And now, the businessman is advocating for the preservation of cultural values and has decided to venture into music and has just written a song, with the help of fellow businessman, Chamu Chiwanza.
Saturday, 22 October 2011
They're finally here!
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon debuted their six-month-old twins, Morrocan and Monroe, on ABC's "20/20" Friday night, and talked about struggling with a miscarriage and dealing with an extremely tough pregnancy.
Carey and Cannon married in 2008, after only a few weeks of dating, and the singer became pregnant shortly thereafter. However, things didn't go as planned.
"It was really tough," Carey said of having a miscarriage, adding that the couple then decided to try fertility treatments, in addition to adopting a more zen-like lifestyle, in order to conceive. When they found out they were expecting twins, they were thrilled, but the pregnancy did take its toll on Carey.
Paris Jackson 13, shows the love sign during Chris Brown's performance
It was feared that a live video link performance by Chris Brown at Michael Jackson's tribute concert would put a 'negative slant' on the day. But at least one member of the Jackson family is a fan of his and she showed her love for the R&B star at his concert last night.And at one point, she threw her arms in the air and made a heart shape with her hands as she directed her love towards the singer.
Chris Brown gave an outstanding performance
Paris Jackson mesmerised by Chris's performance
Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late superstar, was snapped in the front row of his Los Angeles concert yesterday, screaming his name and singing and dancing along to his set.
Munya Mataruse could prove to be Oliver Mtukudzi’s best student. The youngster, who is riding high with his album Dengu Remhodzi, has been staging shows with Mtukudzi and proved to be destined for greater heights. Mataruse always acknowledges that he owes a lot to Mtukudzi since he was trained at Pakare Paye Arts Centre.
Friday, 21 October 2011
Pamela Ndengeya burst into the Gospel scene in Zimbabwe as a young girl singing in church. I stumbled upon her hit song 'Muponesi Wangu' on Youtube. Pamela Rutendo Ndengeya was born on 22 September, 1991 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
She started singing in church at Glad Tidings Inner City church in Harare. She a gospel musician who preaches the word of Jesus Christ through Music. She is an accomplished song writer, Key board player and recording artist.
Since 2002, when she relocated to the UK much has not been heard about her in Zimbabwe. She however, did not stop singing to the lord in the UK. She has honed her singing skills and continues to sing for the lord ministering to large audiences in the UK. Her musical maturity is evident in her 2005 album ' Vimba Nashe' which is laden with melodicious songs. Pamela played key boards on all songs on this album except one song. in 2007 she released another album ''Receive your Miracle' which was well received in the market.
Kenny Kunene is a South African Multi-Millionaire Businessman and Socialite, the owner of the biggest entertainment brand in the country ZAR. ZAR is a night club brand which offers the highest entertainment quality in South Africa. When you talk of entertainment business in Africa his name rings bells in people's minds. He is a self-made multi-millionaire who defied odds to rise high in the corporate world in South Africa.
Kenny Kunene and John Legend
He made his Millions, from rags to riches and blinging! Hard Work, Partying and more Parties. Kenny Kunene is a force to be reckoned with in the business world. He is an executive and shareholder of mining company Central Rand Gold.
Kenny Kunene and Busta Rhymes
Kenny Kunene with Socialite Kanyi