Move over silence, its ‘ding dong’ time for Africa


By Watmore Makokoba

And who said Africa cannot sing? Before this article is published echoes of talent from Harare will be singing to the whole world through the newly launched, first in Africa, “Mix The City Harare” which will allow people to explore and create music free online.

Launched yesterday by the British Council, Mix the City Harare showcases the diversity of sound music, and cultural influences from Zimbabwe‘s capital city Harare on one online platform where people from all over the world can now discover the sights and sounds of Harare and be able to create their own mix through a simple and intuitive audio/visual platform for mobiles, tablets and computers.

Original music samples already on the platform have been compiled by UK music –producer Boxed In (Oli Baystone) into short audio/video samples featuring 12 Zimbabwean musicians including Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, Douglas Vambe, Soul Jah Love, Jah Prayzah, Amara Brown, Josh Mech, DJ Ray, Dizz Othnell Mangoma Moyo, Blessing ‘Bled Chimanga, DJ Smiley, Prince Edward School Marimba Band and renowned apostolic choral group Vabati va Jehovah.

One of the participating artist songbird Amara Brown said she was excited to be part of the project.

“It was exhilarating working with fellow talented artists, at first I could not believe I can be able to compose a song abruptly at once like that, it was really inspiring and I think this is the opportune time to put Zimbabwe on the map”, Ammara Brown.

The musicians were recorded in unique locations across the country and samples from each musician can be combined and mixed to compose a soundtrack that the user can share on their social media channels directly from the website.

The  recordings were done at the Lion and Cheetah Park, National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare International Airport, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Joina City Mall, Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary , the legendary Dr Oliver Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Arts Centre , JP Studios owned by Jah Prayzah, Prince Edward School Chapel , Mbare Flats and Julius Nyerere Footbridge.

The producer who worked with the artists Oliver Bayston said he cherishes the golden opportunity to have worked with Zimbabwean artists who have proved that they are talent-laden and can fit into any situation without any challenges.

“I am honoured to take part in the project and meeting such talented and incredible array of talented and interesting musicians has been a defining moment in my life of making music,

“I want to thank everyone at the British Council for their brilliant work on the project and send greetings to all the new friends and musicians I met in Harare” Bayston said.

“A brilliant insight into the beauty of Harare and the music of Zimbabwe, its diversity and heritage, I hope Mix The City Harare will provide a platform to challenge and to connect to the UK and beyond”,  said British Council Zimbabwe Director Sam Harvey.

Mix The City Harare is the first of its kind in the whole of Africa, users from over 208 countries and over two million people have already accessed the Mix The city platform worldwide. The project was partly funded by Econet Wireless and supported by the Zimbabwe Ministry of Tourism, Hospitality and Industry and the Harare International Festive of Arts (HIFA)







My 2 Cents on Alcohol Ban


By Kalabash Contributor


I am not an alcoholic but a mere habitual drinker who enjoys beer and sometimes a glass of whiskey every now and then. I am about to share my thoughts on the government’s new move to restrict alcohol consumption. Please give me a benefit of a doubt if I come off as an alcoholic who refuses to accept any change.

The Sunday Mail reports that the government intends to put in structures and policies that will effectively reduce the alcohol consumption on a national scale and one way they would do this which they say is reaching worrying levels is just but another case of misplaced priorities.

Delta beverages remain with a somewhat monopoly in the alcohol manufacturing bit and their financials do not suggest that their business is booming. Like many corporations that continue to keep their doors open, they are barely making ends meet. Once more please forgive me if I come off as the devil’s advocate on this.

In the past decade, Zimbabwe has witnessed even harder illegal drugs making their way into the society to pacify the majority of Zimbabwe’s youth who struggle to shoulder the burdens of this life sober. The burdens that come with staying in Zimbabwe are much worse when you are educated and ambitious yet the odds of unemployment and an education that propels their ambition which isn’t any good when this nation’s odds are stacked against.

In my view the move by government is a classic case of misplaced priorities as there is need to focus on solutions to stop these illegal and lethal yet affordable beverages that are making its way into the black market along with other hard drugs which include pills and the cough syrups that continue to be an alternative to alcohol.

Times are hard, many have found themselves in debt because they cannot afford access to healthcare and they end up at the mercy of the vicious debt collectors and in turn lose their property. Making healthcare accessible and rebuilding the country’s social services which will afford those who cannot pay for healthcare should be high on the agenda as well.

Just like the goods that were banned from being imported into the country but still find their way to the High Table of some political party function. The alcohol ban will not do much, people will get more creative on how they sell alcohol, in fact, the black market will boom when they add to alcohol to list of their contraband.

Zvinhu zvidiki zvinogona kudengendetsa nyika nhai?


By Jeda Tichapakura

Papfura mavhiki mashoma kubva zvaka uya mufindisi TD Jakes, asi sekutaurwa kwazvo, vanonzi vakaparidzira maChair. Chingava chikonzero ndechekuti kwakanga kune nyaya diki inenge hambe yainetsa. Ndoziva kuti hangu yakubhohwa kunzwa nezvayo but yaiva nyaya iya yaZodwa. Zvisinei hazvo,  ndakadzidza zvinhu zvandanga ndisina kumbofunga muhupenyu hwangu pamusoro pezvinhu zvidiki zvakaita senduwe.

You see, basa reNduwe is to act as the final defence mechanism.  The ultimate boarder control. The one that acts as  that little space between the Boarding bridge and the aeroplane door . Nduwe ndiwo muganhu.  iNhume yakapikira kurwisa kekupedzisira usati wayambuka muganhu, zvekuti paya paunorasa hunhu,  ndiyo inopa mashoko ekupedzisira ekuti,

“Wangu ka, kwawakuenda uku enda hako  asi enda uchiziva kuti wambopfura nepano.  Kana ini ndaonekwa, ziva kuti wapfura muganhu . Ndikaonekwa hangu zvogumira ipapo ,  usanyare stereki nekuti unenge uchiri nehunhu. Kunyangwe hako chiremerera chako chichidzikira nekuonekwa kwangu, chinenge chisina kurasika hacho chese.  Saka it’s not too late to turn back. Asi ini ndikazobva manje…. ”

In other words,  underwear is not mandatory,  it’s personal. It is a symbolic boundary,  a principle. One that serves as a reminder and a warning light.  Ndosaka vazhinji vachinyara kana kutoiyanika pawaya panze nekuti there is an emotional connection and moral purpose. A control that was planted into your mindset as a child,  kuti nduwe yako,  iSecret yako …Just like Vhoti yako !!!

Register to Vote , and choose your underwear wisely. Pasi neHuZodzwa hwekuramba kuvhota. Pamberi nenduwe.

…Asi imwe pfungwa inobva yati ko ndino vhoterei ndisina wekuvhotera. Shuwa ndingafambira kunoita spoiled ballot? Zvasiyanei nekufamba nenduwe inema Skid marks???

Ah,  ipapo hangu ndinoti kana zvakadaro sununguka kuva Zodwa zvako. Asi usazoshamisika kuona uchirambidzwa kuita zvaunoda  nevanhu vehurumende inenge yasarudzwa nevakapfeka dzavo ….Sezvakaitwa Zodwa

Eh ,  imi , ndiri kutamba hangu. Ndanga ndangoti tirangaridzane kuti nguva yekuRegister kuvhota yasvika ( asi zviri kunzi haisati yanyatsosvika futi , saka hameno kuti toziva zvipi). Kugadzirira zvinodiwa hakuna kuipa.  Nekuti chinhu chidiki seBallot chinogona kudengendetsa nyika futi.

Iri bho gen’a, tozotaura.

In search of the elusive #Bondnote, of Star FM’s intimacy with prophets


By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

Zimpapers-owned commercial radio station’s (Star FM) overdrive giving air time to the man of the cloth is raising the ire of some listeners who think it is now way too much.

On social media, people are expressing discontent with the radio station which was last year rated by  Zimbabwe All Media Products Research (Zamps) as having amassed 51 percent of the urban population listenership,   saying its intimacy with prophets leaves a lot to be desired.

It’s no secret that the station is facing hard times just like any other new radio station and Star FM appears to have found a lucrative revenue booster from the prophets who are also luring congregants to their ministries.

Popular prophets like PHD Ministries leader Walter Magaya, Goodness and Mercy Ministry founder Tapiwa Freddy, House of Grace Ministries leader Prophet Shame Hungwe among many others are now permanent features of the radio’s programming and advertorials.

The programmes and advertorials seem to be aired anytime of the day so much that it becomes difficult to those who are not interested to evade them.

One colleague of mine once said, “since there are rumours of incentives for radio presenters on outside broadcasting duty, it seems there’s stampede among fellow radio presenters to endear themselves to the prophets and traditional leaders so that they can get mula”.

The brand ‘Star  FM’ is now a subject of ridicule as some have now christened it ‘Prophets FM’. Other listeners are also being put off by the ‘adult-programmes’ that are done by popular Tilda Moyo which some feel they are too pornographic.

Last year, Kuwadzana East legislator Nelson Chamisa raised the concern in parliament with the Ministry of Media, Broadcasting and Information Services to look into the issue saying there was a possibility that the programmes were reaching to children and young adults and could have negative repercussions.

With the public outcry over the station’s obsession with the prophets, it is up to the management  to take a gamble-either or to ignore the listeners’ plea which is most likely to be detrimental all in the name of chasing the elusive dollar.




Dear Anne, now that the talk of panties is over…


By Madman Filtered Esq.

Ukwanile kodwa? Don’t answer that. We don’t know what influence you have over the minister to get him to take your side against a thick-ass foreign chic without underwear, but we are in consensus there is a lot of more fucked up shit out there to write about him.

Let’s take the case of Lady B for example. Why don’t you tell your Minister of youthiez about the kid who’s being denied her youth by none other than the same government he represents for it is they who have created this environment, an environment which allows for children to be desperate to the point of prostitution? Nine years old? A fucking nine year old ripped apart by a grown man’s lust? Let’s put that shit in perspective: pick any girl from your grade four class. That’s Lady B.

Then you want to tell us about culture? What culture? Whose culture? Culture used to say ‘it takes a village to raise an idiot’, no sorry, a child, the idiot is you who refuses to use your apparent influence for the betterment of shit but instead chooses to censor people’s right of wearing an underwear.

Then you have the balls (yes balls, you are a very attractive woman but you are under sanctions, sanctions involve name calling, that’s the Zimbabwean culture. Words like ‘warmonger have been flighted by a man who sent troops to Mozambique, DRC and his own country in every decade of his reign)…the balls to say you admire Grace, appear in solidarity after a brutal assault which cost the country…let me see? Not much, just its dignity (ladies, especially first ones don’t go about fucking up people in hotel rooms), dignity (the great Pan African’s sons are holed up in Johannesburg, why not at home? Why are they not I don’t know… Lending help in Sierra Leonne), dignity because your president’s wife almost got dragged to court in a foreign land for assault like some nyaope-smoking hoodlum. And yes, slightly over half-a-million Rands in damages to be paid. This culture you represent is fucking appalling.

So, why not write to the First Lady whom you admire so much, through the minister who obeys you so well, to…I don’t know, put this child in some orphanage, any orphanage, she can take her pick. Don’t tell me the so-claimed mother of the nation can’t find a suitable home for a poor little black girl now? Or is the First Lady(?) Is busy jumping rope with extension cords to the beat of ‘Eye of The Tiger’?