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Andy Brown passed away this month, so it’s only fitting that this weekend song is dedicated to him. ‘Mapurisa’ is his most famous single – always guaranteed to get Zimbabweans on the dancefloor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9ycz-RS2aE Brown was nicknamed ‘Muzukuru’ by his fans, showing how he was seen as a member of the Zimbabwean family. Formerly a […]
Happy weekend, everyone! It’s a sunny day here in Oxford – the warmest it’s been this year. I can’t help but be in a good mood when the sun’s out. Days like this remind me how blue skies are taken for granted in Zimbabwe – just another day! Weekends are made for feel-good songs – […]
We just bought our tickets for our Zimbabwe holiday – I’m so excited! Who knows where exactly in Zim we’ll go to – maybe Kariba where I took this photo a few years ago. Maybe somewhere I haven’t been before! It will be over a year since we’ve been back – it feels like ages. […]
These pictures from Victoria Falls Safari Lodge show how Zimbabwe’s landscape completely changes in just a few months. The seasons in Zimbabwe might not feel as pronounced as they do in the Northern hemisphere, but they do bring the joy of seeing ochre ground transform into a green, lush landscape. There is nothing like the smell of the first […]
This is my favourite line from Joshua Hammer’s recent article in Condé Nast Traveler. Hammer went to Zimbabwe, visiting Victoria Falls, Harare, Hwange, Mana Pools and Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. He spoke to safari guides, lodge owners, politicians and conservationists, interweaving their stories with Zimbabwe’s recent history. He admits that he never would have visited Zimbabwe a few short years […]
Zimbabwe was ranked as having the Best Climate in the World by International Living Magazine (tied with Malta) – and I happen to agree. There’s no ‘wrong’ time to visit Zimbabwe. However, specific times of year are better than others for doing certain things in certain areas – these are outlined below. There are usually many hours of sunshine […]
“… By avoiding our country, you are actually hurting us more.” – Sharon Stead, from Camp Amalinda, in an interview with Mark Sissons. This is my favourite quote from a recent San Francisco Chronicle article about Zimbabwe. Many would-be tourists cite a similar reason for not visiting Zimbabwe: that travelling to the country would financially […]
Forbes.com recently compiled a list of the 40 most powerful celebrities in Africa, which ranked Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi (or Tuku) at Number 12. They created the ranking according to “the highest numbers of votes … media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online), number of web references on Google, TV/radio mentions and their general clout […]
Book overview: Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace Genre: Fiction Great Zimbabwe Guide summary: Plunges you into the wounded psyche of Zimbabwe as it might have been 25 years ago. Do read it: if you want to get another perspective of the racial struggles of pre- and post-Independence Zimbabwe; and to help put current-day events […]
The Impro Show: 80s aerobics edition 4-9 October 2010 Daily 7pm Reps Theatre Upstairs, Second Street Extension, Harare Tickets: $10 / students and pensioners $5 / discount for HIFA Amigos Contact: 308159 Website: www.theimproshow.com (more…)
One Sunday in November, 7 000 people of all ages, races and backgrounds gathered in Harare. 3 000 people met at White City stadium in Bulawayo. Similar meetings took place in Gweru, Masvingo, Hwange and scores of villages around the country. Further afield, from Canada, to Australia, UK, and Mauritius, there were Zimbabweans in the […]
Prudence Mabhena is the lead singer of the award-winning Zimbabwean band Liyana. She and her seven band members are all disabled. She is also the title character of the documentary Music by Prudence, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Her voice has been likened to South African music legend Miriam Makeba […]
These are something special: unlike their sometimes dark and crowded overseas counterparts, they are open-air, laid-back jewels in Harare’s landscape …
Want to get a break from the bustle of Harare city? Here’s my list of the best day trips from Harare. Many of the venues offer accommodation, so they make great weekend breaks from Harare, too.