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We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names: Book Review

Although this is a travel blog, I hope it’s a place that gives a more rounded picture of Zimbabwe, avoiding compartmentalizing it into “that pariah African state” or “that beautiful African wilderness”. For this reason, stories about literature, art and culture are on this blog too – to flesh out the image of Zimbabwe. I have […]

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Harare itineraries and tours: Includes interactive map

The Harare itineraries and tours below are a starting point for visitors to get to know the city. I’ve grouped some of my favourite places and I’ve suggested itineraries to cover over a number of days. The places in the itineraries are tagged on Google Maps (see the specific links below) so you can print […]

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Henry Olonga’s Our Zimbabwe

Today is Zimbabwe’s 33rd birthday, which is a fitting time to play a cheesy but patriotic song. Henry Olonga’s Our Zimbabwe ticks all the boxes. It feels like Henry Olonga needs no introduction, but here it is: He was the youngest person ever to (more…)

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HIFA 2013 programme

Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) runs from 30 April to 5 May 2013. From the HIFA website: “The HIFA 2013 theme, is “What’s Next…” This year’s theme reflects our feeling in HIFA of positive progress this year. We are moving in all new directions and are excited by the possibilities ahead of us […]

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Petina Gappah and Alexandra Fuller at The Book Café

If I could make everyone in the world – whether white or black, Zimbabwean or non-Zimbabwean, scientist or artist – read two books about Zimbabwe, it would be Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller and An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah. It falls to reason, then, that I would also try to make everyone in […]

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Behind the lens (with Michele Fortmann and RedWind Photograhy)

Redwind Photography went on location with photographer Michele Fortmann to go behind the scenes at a Zimbabwe fashion shoot. It starts at an upmarket coffee shop and ends at a out-of-town garage – two contrasting sides to the city. The Domboshawa (House of Lords) garage location has a gritty vibrance that looks great on film. Does […]

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The roadtrip that roared: #5 The Boma

On one of our evenings in Victoria Falls we had dinner at The Boma. I’d heard mixed opinions about it – some say it’s a tourist gimmick, some say it’s a priceless cultural experience. It cost around $40 per person when we went, with discounts for us as Lokuthula guests. It’s a 4-course meal of […]

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HIFA 2012 – buy your tickets now!

If you’re in Harare during the first week of May, make sure you get to Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). If you’re NOT in Harare but are at all able to get there for the first week of May – do! (more…)

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Weekend song # 2: Andy Brown’s Mapurisa

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 […]

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Tuku: One of the most powerful celebrities in Africa

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 […]

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October 2010 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…)

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Music by Prudence wins an Oscar

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 […]

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