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UMP bristling with talent

By Fidelis Manyange WIKIPEDIA describes Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe, popularly known by its initials, UMP, as “a very rural and underdeveloped area, populated by peasant farmers who depend on subsistence farming with high poverty levels”.  But for Zimbabweans at large, UMP is the ruling party, ZANU-PF’s political...

Leonard Dembo: The untold story 

By Fidelis Manyange  LAST week, Wednesday, April 9, marked exactly 28 years since the death of sungura legend Leonard Dembo.  He died in 1996.  Dembo’s real name was Leonard Tazvivinga as opposed to Kwangwari Gwaindepi as is widely reported.  In fact, Kwangwari Gwaindepi was his grandfather and that...

The role of national musical galas

By Fidelis Manyange ZIMBABWEANS are now familiar with national musical fiestas such as ‘Independence’, ‘Heroes Splush’, ‘Mzee Bira’ and ‘Umdhala Wethu’ galas.  The last two were held in memory of former vice presidents Cde Simon Muzenda and Cde Joshua Nkomo respectively.  For his part, President Emmerson Mnangagwa...

Music and the liberation struggle

By Fidelis Manyange THE upcoming 44th  Independence Anniversary celebrations and musical gala are a throwback to the 1980 Independence Day celebrations and night vigils (pungwes) that characterised the liberation struggle. This year’s commemorations will be held under the theme, ‘Zim@44: Unity, Peace and Development Towards Vision...

Musician pens seven books

By Fidelis Manyange CHITUNGWIZA-based musician, known in music circles as Gaban Kufemamoto Chebani Chedondo Chegwenzi Chebundo Chemuti Chesango Jiridema Gift Chibwe, has penned seven English novels, produced two music albums and is on the verge of producing a movie.  Gaban’s music is about patriotism and social...

Musicians and their identities

By Fidelis Manyange BESIDES being known by their music genres most musicians have chosen to be identified by their hairstyles, dressing, dance routines or entrance to the stage.  John Chibadura was known for strumming his lead guitar as he embarked from his car en route to...

Sizwangendaba, the pride of the Nambya people 

By Fidelis Manyange  THE Nambya are an ethnic group based in the north-western parts of Zimbabwe, around the coal mining town of Hwange, surrounding areas of the Victoria Falls, Pandamatenga and Chobe.  Hwange Town and the Hwange National Park were named after the BaNambya King Sawanga...

Why artistes must familiarise themselves with copyright law 

By Fidelis Manyange  IN February, this year, YouTube reportedly pulled down Zimdancehall artiste Jah Signal’s ‘Sweetie’ video over a copyright violation claim by gospel kingpin Charles Charamba involving the track ‘Kana Vanhu Vangu’.  Jah Signal had asked for permission to record the song, but before this...

Secret behind Sulu’s dendera success story

By Fidelis Manyange A NUMBER of departed yesteryear music greats have bequeathed their legacy to children, some of whom have successfully followed in their illustrious fathers’ footsteps while others are still struggling to fit in the gigantic shoes. The musicians’ heirs who instantly come to mind...

Rolling with the dice …as band splits leave artistes in limbo

By Fidelis Manyange IN the past, we have had artistes who split after gaining fame together in various circles, be it music or acting. After those splits, some artistes rose to greater fame (and sometimes fortune) while others fell by the wayside (sometimes never to rise...

Musicians and their 2024 resolutions

By Fidelis Manyange MUSICIANS in Zimbabwe normally take a break from holding live shows in January.  This is the time they spend with their families as well as mixing and mingling with people on a social level.  This reporter managed to interact with various artistes who shared...

Empowering the community through arts

By Fidelis Manyange THE area within the boundaries of Murehwa and Chikwaka/Goromonzi has numerous undeclared heritage sites.  The mountainous area which lies between Shavanhohwe and Nyagui (Nyaguwe) rivers has outstanding features like Domborembudzi, Nyaungwe and Mavanze mountains, among others, which when viewed from the top, resemble...

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