Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Peter Moyo Buys first Car

Young Igwe with his wheels

AFFABLE Utakataka Express heir Peter Moyo is elated about his latest acquisition. The young Igwe is now rolling in a white tinted Honda Avantage which he purchased a fortnight ago. The 22-year-old paraded his model at Extra Mile Leisure Spot on Friday where he shared the stage with Oliver Mtukudzi and rhumba musician Energy Mutodi. 

A bubbling Peter told H-Metro that he foresees a bright future even without his dad. “It’s my new car. “I bought it two weeks ago from my twin-friends Calisto and Chris in Kwekwe. “It cost US$7 500 and my uncle Knowledge Chosa helped me to settle the full amount. “The band uses the other Chariot and I thought it was good to get something of my own,” he said

Willom Tight's son ventures into Music

Willom Tight's musical fortunes is waning, he has been very quiet. During his days he churned beautiful afro centric jazz tunes such as 'Ndinoda Wangu" is a melodious song with sweet backing vocals. His collaboration with Dino Mudondo saw them churning many hits that took the Zimbabwean music by storm. 

His only son Gary has burst on the musical scene and is determined to ensure that this dad's musical flame keeps on flickering. The 16-year-old gwenyambira is surely on a mission if his achievements to date, hopes and aspirations are anything to go by. Gary has assembled an eight-piece boy band, Zion Originated which plays Afro-jazz acoustics.

Major Boost for Tryson Chimbetu at Titanic clash

Tryson Chimbetu
RISING DENDERA music exponent Tryson “Dr Nero” Chimbetu has every reason to be ecstatic! The 23-year-old singer begins the festive season on a high note after being accorded a slot in the much-hyped Titanic Clash headlined by Alick Macheso and Oliver Mtukudzi on Friday night at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex. 

Although the attention would be on Tuku and Macheso, it should be mentioned that Tryson Chimbetu has the potential to steal the show judging by his current form.

In an interview with H-Metro, Tryson who is likely to be the opening act, said: “I can’t wait for the show. I am full of energy and I have reserved everything for the special day. “It’s a big event because both artistes (Tuku and Macheso) are crowd pullers and I feel I should prove a point. “I am humbled to be associated with the titans of Zimbabwean music.

Maskiri and Trevor Dongo In Marondera this Friday

POPULAR RAPPER MASKIRI and his side-kick Trevor Dongo are set to exchange notes with Marondera’s finest chanters this Friday. Dubbed Maskiri and Trevor Dongo versus Marondera All Stars, the bash features Marondera-based artistes like Dollar Bee, Maborder Crew, Nyasha Zhuwao and Dragan among others.

He was Muchina Muhombe for sure!!!

Lady Gaga can't find everlasting love

Lady Gaga
The 'Marry the Night' singer has accepted that she may never tie the knot as she knows she can intimidate men with her creativity and has never felt truly loved. She said: "I have never felt truly cherished by a lover. I have an inability to know what happiness feels like with a man. I think what it really is, is that I date creative people. And I think that's what intimidates them is not my purse, it's my mind."It starts out good. Then when I'm in these relationships with people who are also creative, or creative in their own way, what happens is the attraction is initially there and it's all unicorns and rainbows. And then they hate me. 

P. Diddy's son gets scholarship

P.Diddy and Son - Pic courtesy of latimesblog
The rapper was thrilled when Justin Combs - his son with high school sweetheart Misa Hylton-Brim - was asked to join the prestigious university's sports team and revealed it is "everything a father could want for his son". He told the Los Angeles Times: "This is one of the proudest moments of my life. This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do."

Jackson doctor gets jail - no probation

Convicted Conrad Murray escorted by law enforcement agents

Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been sentenced to four years in jail without probation for involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor gave Murray the maximum sentence and said the physician engaged in "money for medicine madness that is simply not acceptable to me".

Miss Harare Preps on

Preparations for this year's edition of the prestigious Miss Harare beauty pageant are at an advanced stage with the organisers promising a red carpet event. Running under the theme "I am Zimbabwean", the final showdown has been set for December 23, at the 7Arts Theatre in Avondale. The scouting phase which saw two rounds of auditions has been completed with 30 beauties making it into camp after going through an intense selection process.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

My Music is not for Poor People - Dudu Manhenga

 Dudu Manhenga
Afro-Jazz diva Dudu Manhenga, whose road to music stardom saw her playing with various groups, has declared that she does not sing for the poor and is against her music being sold in the high density suburbs. Manhenga on Wednesday night told a Mbare Traders Association representative, Reason Zinyama, that she would rather not have her music sold in the high density suburbs because she sings for a certain niche not the generality of the poor.

Singer with longest nails in the World

She hasn't cut her nails in 18 years
Singer Chris Walton is better known by her stage name 'The Dutchess' in U.S states Nevada and California. 
But her voice is far from the first thing you would notice if you bumped into her in the street. The 45-year-old grandmother has the world's longest fingernails. She stopped cutting them 18 years ago, and now her nails have now reached an incredible 20 feet.

BBA Amplified ex-housemates to tour Zim

Former BBA Housemates
Big Brother Africa Amplified ex-housemates are due in Zimbabwe on a seven-day tour that is expected to be packaged for television. The tour, that has been dubbed "Still Amplified Zimbabwe Tour", will see the ex-housemates visit some of Zimbabwe's tourist destinations and resort towns. The tour will be made possible by a local company, Xtra Media Productions in consultation with Wendall Parson, who is the co-winner of the reality show.

Tuku, Zimra partner for a worthy cause

In the true spirit of giving and sharing, superstar Oliver Mtukudzi has partnered with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority to assist the less fortunate members of society. The award-winning "Tuku", as he is affectionately known by his legion of fans, wowed over 600 guests at the Zimra Charity Ball held last Friday, at a Harare hotel.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Aye’n soro’ by Zdon Paporrella ft Faze

Nigerian singer, Zdon Paporrella made a remarkable return to the Nigerian music scene with a hot and sizzling single, “Aye’n soro (Rise Again)”. In the song he features Faze. The song and the new music video with special appearances by Faze, Goldie, and Oyinkansola will not only make you want to dance, but will leave you feeling uplifted with its positive message.

I Would Never Act Nude For Anything– Juliet Ibrahim

Juliet Ibrahim
Being a professional actress, a mother, a wife, a beautiful breath-taking goddess and an entrepreneur sounds a lot like a daunting task. Yet, the young and beautiful Juliet Ibrahim , a top Ghollywood and Nollywood actress is able to carry on without much sweat. In this interview with Florence Amagiya, this diva reveals how she is able to cope with it all. Excerpts:

Macheso collaborates with Chimbetu

Alick Macheso
The growing relationship between Alick Macheso and Tryson Chimbetu could soon become one of the best combinations in sungura. The duo has cemented the relationship through a joint song that will be on Chimbetu’s upcoming album expected early next month.

In an interview with NewsDay Chimbetu said: “I feel fantastic and honoured working with Macheso and we have worked together on my upcoming album. “All our fans must expect an early Christmas present as this album is due to be released in two weeks. I haven’t really thought about the right title for the album but I will let you know as soon as we finalise that.

Big Brother Winner Wendall appointed blood ambassador

Big Brother Africa winner Wendall Parson has encouraged youths and other members of the public to donate blood this festive season, and in future, to help improve blood bank supplies.  Wendall was appointed National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) ambassador at a cocktail and Christmas Campaign launch held at a Harare hotel recently.

Parson said he appreciated the importance of donating blood when his friends were involved in an accident in the past. Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe acting managing director Clifford Gobo announced his organisation will this festive season partner with NBSZ in its campaign.

Zimbabwean Monalisa Moyo Wins Miss Face of Africa Title

Zimbabwean 18 year old Monalisa Moyo won Miss Face of Africa UK 2011. Sonia Bott 21 from Zimbabwe was crowned First Princess and Shalom Kubwalo 24 from Malawi came as as Second Princess. The event took place at Nottingham Arts Theatre. 

Italy Honours Oliver Mtukudzi with prestigious Cavaliere of the Order of Merit Award

The government of Italy honoured Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi on November 25, 2011 with the prestigious Cavaliere of the Order of Merit award in recognition of his work as an international musician. This is an addition to the list of accolades that the great musician holds. Presented to Mtukudzi by the ambassador of Italy to Zimbabwe Stefano Moscatelli on behalf of the President of Italy, he becomes the first musician in Africa to receive the Cavaliere.“I dedicate the Cavaliere to Zimbabwe whose music is being recognised internationally,” Tuku said. He is also seen with his wife Daisy in purple and also some friends

Picture of the day

Girl carrying her brother somewhere down in Murewa (Courtesy of NewsDay)

Zimbabwe Youth Festival on December 10

All is set for this year’s Zimbabwe Youth Festival, an event slated for Decemeber 10 at the Glamis Arena. Running under the theme “Tambanuka” (express yourself), the festival is an interactive development platform aimed at building and supporting a formidable youth movement that uses the power of creativity to articulate common issues.

Since its inception, the festival has played a pivotal role in necessitating a social networking platform which various youths from several communities have used to explore their creativity and capacity in developing their talents. The main highlight of the festival is a concert featuring some of the leading and prominent local Zimbabwean artists. These include Sulumani Chimbetu, King Shaddy, Freeman, Mafriq, Chikwata 263, Stunner, Roki and the Afro shangara outfit, Mukoomba.

 Some of Zimbabwe’s leading poets including the Zimbabwe poets for human rights are also billed to perform at the festival and take part in nurturing young aspiring poets.

Inside Roqui's Weird World

An hour with Rockford Josphats is like a day or even more. At the first instance he seems a rogue and appears spoilt, yet he is an intelligent young man. He takes your mind onto a psychological journey that leaves you hating him, but he has this charming ability that cannot be matched by many of his peers. When this reporter called Roki, he was first quizzed on his mission and given examples of the types of journalists he did not entertain, something that he later apologised for.

Zimbabwean Film Director Wins international Award

Joe Njagu, one of Zimbabwe’s growing filmmakers, has made history by winning an international award at the American Film Festival. Njagu won the best director award for the movie The Gentleman released earlier this year. The movie had been nominated for two awards — best director and best cinematography in the foreign languages category with five other African films.

Tuku thrills fans with new Songs

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits
Oliver Mtukudzi and Chiwoniso Maraire gave audiences a taste of their upcoming albums at separate shows over the weekend. Mtukudzi performed at Extra Mile Leisure Centre on Friday and shared the stage with Energy Mutodi and Peter “Dhewa” Moyo. Maraire on Saturday had an exciting gig at Mega Eastgate where she entertained a cosmopolitan crowd for almost four hours.

Storm is over, says Dhewa’s bossom buddy Mutosvori

Late Sungura Maestro Tongai Moyo
Barmet Mutosvori, one of the late Tongai Moyo's key allies, says he is happy that the storm that once hit Utakataka Express is over. Squabbles had threatened to tear apart the band following the burial of Moyo at Sesombe Village in Zhombe last month.There were those who felt Knowledge Chosa, a family member, should lead the group while the band members sided with Peter Moyo, the late singer's son.

Clash of Titans at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex this Friday

Tuku and Macheso
Chitungwiza revellers will this Friday have the best of both worlds when two of Zimbabwe's prominent musicians, Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso, clash at the Aquatic Complex, in what could turn out to be one of the best gigs this year. Despite their different genres, the two are undoubtedly expected to blend their 40-year cumulative experience in the showbiz and make Friday a night to remember, when they play an array of their compilations.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Nigerian Actor Aki's Traditional Wedding

Chinedu and his wife Nneoma
NIGERIAN star actor, Chinedu Ikedieze popularly known as Aki has wed Nneoma Hope Nwajah his girlfriend for the past three years. He said “I met her in Lagos and we instantly fell in love. She is the love of my life and nothing but death can separate us. ”
Newly weds, Chinedu and Nneoma

Tuku Devastated by Radio Licence Snub

Musician Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi is entirely exasperated after being denied a commercial private radio licence by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). Tuku is a director in Kiss FM that was seeking one of the two licences to operate a commercial radio station in a country where the state Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation dominates the airwaves.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Michael Jackson's bother Tito to tie the knot

The Jackson Five
The Jackson 5 star was so moved when he attended the London premiere of David Gest's documentary 'Michael Jackson: The Life Of An Icon' earlier this month he telephoned his girlfriend Sonia Galindo and popped the question, and she excitedly said "yes". The film focuses on the King of Pop's incredible life from his beginnings with the Jackson 5 through to his death in June 2009 and seeing his brother's tragic end on the big screen inspired Tito, 58, to make the spontaneous proposal.

Tito and Michael

Nicholas Zakaria Building Music Academy in Chitungwiza

In a bid to assist upcoming musicians realise their dreams, popular sungura artist Nicholas “Madzibaba” Zakaria, is set to build a music academy in Chitungwiza. Chitungwiza is home to many popular musicians and some have called it “the city of music”. Madzibaba said there were many upcoming and aspiring musicians in the city and his dream was to see them making it to the top like many former names from their neighbourhood.

“I have already acquired land in Seke Unit L and plans are underway to start work on the site. Hopefully by June next year we will be officially opening the academy,” said Madzibaba. He has called upon fellow artists and interested business people to support him in his endeavour. He has struck a deal with a music equipment manufacturing company for the provision of instruments that would be used at the academy at affordable prices.

“Instruments in Zimbabwe are expensive. So the music academy and shop will offer equipment at affordable prices. We have to make it easy for established and upcoming musicians to get instruments.” The academy will house a recording studio that will mainly be used by upcoming musicians. “Fellow artists should take time and open doors to upcoming musicians that need assistance to realise their dreams.”

He said the academy would be open to musicians from across the country although the primary target was Chitungwiza. If his project materialises, Madzibaba will join the list of other musicians that have established arts academies like Oliver Mtukudzi who runs Pakare Paye Arts Centre and Clive Malunga who set up Jenaguru Music Academy. 

Friday, 25 November 2011

Sulu, Jean Master takes 'romance' to a new level

Sulumani Chimbetu

Dendera musician Sulumane Chimbetu and upcoming jazz crooner Jean Masters do have a lot in common. They are both young, love their music to bits, relate fairly well with their fans and both have a strong musical background. And it appears they also enjoy a "professional romance" on stage, which continues to flourish every day, judging by the number of joint shows they have been holding since the beginning of this year.

Their professional "romance" has blossomed at Jazz 105 and Mushandirapamwe Hotel in Highfield, where their act has been well received. Tonight the duo will take their "affair" to another level at Jazz 105 in Harare, where they are expected to fuse dendera old school classics with afro-jazz music.

The gig comes barely a month after the two collaborated on stage, at Cresta Oasis in Harare. Despite their different genres, fans are often awe-struck by their aptitude, level of ingenuity, making their duets flawless despite their different sounding genres.

Rumbi hopes to emulate Malaika

Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, Rumbidzai Mudzengerere, is set to raise Zimbabwe's flag high when she takes part in the Miss Tourism Queen scheduled for China next month. The 21-year-old model, who is making her last-minute preparations for her trip to the Asian country, where she will take part in the beauty pageant to be held on

December 28, hopes to continue from where the reigning Miss Zimbabwe - Malaika Mushandu - left off.
"I have always admired Malaika and it is our passion for modelling that has taken us this far. "When Malaika was taking part in the Miss World pageant, I prayed throughout the event because I knew she had what it takes to win. She went the extra mile.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Justin Bierber collaborates with Boyz II Men on Christmas Song

How does Justin Bieber get in the holiday spirit? By collaborating with his boyhood heroes, Boyz II Men, of course. The 17-year-old singing sensation premiered Fa La La, his new Christmas single with the 90s-era R&B group today. Unlike typical candy-coloured Christmas fare, Bieber and the Boyz showcase their sultry holiday song with a pared-down, black and white video.

Grama releases Bhundu Boys and Mukadota Music on CD

Biggie Tembo
GRAMMA Records have reissued Bhundu Boys and Safirio Madzikatire’s oldies packaged in modern technology to cater for their fans in this new era. The music stable has availed Bhundu Boys Early Hits (1982-1986) and Safirio Madzikatire’s Ndatenga Mota on CD. The music was previously available on the vinyl records and very few cassettes.
Gramma Artistes and Repertoire Manager Stan Ruzive said they had put the music on CD so that many who have modern gadgets for playing music can use it. “The music was previously found on the vinyl but we saw the numerous requests from music lovers so we thought of availing the music on the CD,” said Ruzive. Ruzive said they had selected some hits that made Bhundu Boys a household name and packaged it on one CD. The CD is aptly titled Early Hits and has 12 songs which were all hits one way or the other from 1982 to 1986.

Movado — Another Jamaican artist heads for Zim

Award-winning Jamaican dancehall musician, DJ, actor and producer, Mavado (born David Constantine Brooks) is billed to perform in Zimbabwe on December 16 at the Harare International Conference Centre. 
Organisers of the show — C&A Entertainment, who hosted Sean Kingston, Elephant Man, Liquideep and Mr Vegas — said Mavado would jet into the country on December 12.

All set for Miss Chi-Town

Former Beauty Queen Brita with the contestants
ALL is set for the Miss Chitungwiza beauty contest to be held at the Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex on Saturday. A bevy of close to 17 models will take to the ramp and show the stuff they are made of. The modelling showcase - that was last held three years ago - is aimed at promoting models from the town.
Former Miss Zimbabwe Brita Masalethulini, who was the reigning national queen in 1999 before winning the Miss Malaika crown in 2001, will grace the event.

Tuku redefines Entertainment in Zimbabwe

Tonight Zimbabwe super star Oliver Mtukudzi will be performing as a solo artist at Upper Lounge in Harare.  
Tuku is promising his legion of fans a mixed bag of old, current and yet to be released songs. Solo Performance is a new phenomenon which Tuku introduced to the Zimbabwe entertainment scene. 
Today's show is dubbed the Miller night, Tuku will tonight mesmerize his fans with hits such as Tozeza baba, Neria, Hear me Lord and many more. Tuku never ceases to amaze us with his re-innovation which has seen him repacking his brand to dizzy heights over the years. During the show Tuku will allow fans to request their favourite songs.

Young Igwe dates Tuku

Senior Superstar Oliver Mtukudzi will be sharing the stage with his ‘son’ Peter Moyo at the same venue that he last played with his late biological son Sam Mtukudzi in 2009. This historic venue Extra Mile will be exploding as the in-form Young Igwe shares the stage with Tuku for the FIRST time since his father’s death.

King Shady and Stunner to tour UK

THREE of the country’s finest urban grooves artistes, Desmond “Stunner” Chideme, Enock “Nox” Guni and Shadreck Kwarire aka King Shady the Jack Bauer are set to tour the United Kingdom next month AGAIN. The tour is dubbed the Three Kings Tour and the trio is set to tour five cities in the United Kingdom kicking off on December 17.
They are visiting the UK on the invitation of UK based promoter Everjoy Kurangwah in collaboration with Madboiz Entertainment. Kurangwah confirmed the tour to H-Metro. “Yes, we will be hosting the trio next month and their first show will be on December 17 in Dunstable, Luton.

Zim Hip Hop 2011 Nominees Out

Nominees for the inaugural Zimbabwe Hip Hop Awards set for December 7 at the 7 Arts Theatre have been unveiled, organisers have revealed. The awards are a FIRST and a brainchild of Aldrian Harrison, the founder and executive designer for AH Clothing & Unleashed, an online hip hop magazine. Stunner is tipped as the favourite in the Best Male Hip Hop Of the Year. However he faces stiff competition from Tehn Diamond, Mr Hingis and Maskiri who were also nominated in the same category.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole tries hand in acting

News coming in from the UK is that Chelsea football star Ashley Cole has landed a role on the big screen alongside hard man actor Danny Dyer. Ashley will appear in a new football-based film drama called Played. Good luck with your acting career Ashley. I recall Wayne Rooney tried his hand in acting in a commercial and got a thumping from fans who thought he was too dry and was better off on the pitch than in front of the camera.

Solo festival to unveil unique acts

Have you ever imagined gospel singer Fungisai Zakavapano-Mashavave playing mbira and belting out her songs in a solo act?  To many it is a style of performance synonymous with Chiwoniso Maraire, but the gospel diva will unveil her unique act at the Spar Solo Festival at Pakare Paye Centre on December 3.

Enjoy the artistic treasure left by Sungura Maestro Tongai Moyo

Enjoy today's videos by the late Sungura Maestro Tongai Moyo. Indeed 'Dhewa' was a big Engine in the Music industry in Zimbabwe. He will surely be remembered forever.

Kirk Franklin Live in Zimbabwe

Renowned America Gospel Singer Kirk Franklin is penciled to  perform in December  on the 4th of December 2011. Kirk Franklin is an active and vibrant Musician who is known for explosive  dances who leads a 17 member choir called 'The Family' Watch Kirk Franklin announcing his Zimbabwe visit:

First Farai releases 9th Album

Sungura fourth son First Farai has released his ninth album called 'Pahasha - Love Market'. The album comes in the wake of him being accused by fellow controversial musician Hosiah Chipanga of having pocketed Cephas Mashakada's condolence money. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Fancy a Super Bike that can hit 321Km per Hour?

Packing two jet engines and capable of hitting speeds of over 200mph, this Harley Davidson offers brave souls the ride of a lifetime. Based on the classic 1926 flat-track racer and built by super-mechanic Robert Maddox, the Harley Davidson SportJet can complete the sprint to 60mph in just five seconds. The self-proclaimed 'Rocketman' customised the two-wheeler for a bike racer in Illinois
This mean machine is not for the faint hearted!!! The Harley Davidson SportJet is now on sale at auction website eBay for £15,985.

Local 26 Year old socialite who owns 200 pairs of shoes

For socialite Pokello Nare heel shoes are not a luxury in a woman’s wardrobe, but they are in fact a necessity. The 26-year-old mother of one owns over 200 pairs of designer heels and believes in fashion particularly shoes and it is her intention to bring it to Zimbabwe.

Her love for shoes has led her to opening a shop named Pokello’s Addicted To Shoes at the Sam Levy’s Village in Borrowdale. In an interview with the Daily News on Sunday Pokello highlighted that her love for shoes inspired her to open the shoe shop. “Fashion in America and England is always ahead. Even in African countries like South Africa and Nigeria, the trends are always steps ahead of us. I feel that we are too behind as Zimbabwean women and I intend to change that,” she said.