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Weekend song 9: Nobuntu – Shosholoza

Did you know that the song “Shosholoza” originated in Zimbabwe? Although it’s now a popular South African song and sports anthem, it was a traditional miners’ song. Zimbabwean (then Rhodesian) miners would sing the call-and-response style refrain whilst on the trains to and from South Africa’s gold and diamond mines. “Shosholoza” means “Moving fast” in Ndebele, playing […]

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Weekend Song 8: Taps Mugadza’s Beautiful Life – A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

There are few words to express how I feel about the passing of a man who has changed the course of history. Nelson Mandela was a man of stirring words, but his actions were far more powerful. He was no saint: he was merely someone who worked to put peace and equality before his own […]

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Britain-Zimbabwe Society Event: Zimbabwe and Culture

I have also published this article on TheSouthAfrican.com here. Living in Oxford means that I sometimes feel disconnected from what’s happening in Zimbabwe – but not this weekend. On Saturday there was a Zimbabwean event happening right here in Oxford, which I was able to attend – hooray! I listened to key players in Zimbabwe’s cultural […]

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Mann Friday

Weekend song #7: Mann Friday’s Sunrise Everyday

A happy, summery video that brings a tap to my toes. The bright Cape Town setting is perfect for this video – what a great city! Mann Friday, led by Zimbabwean Rob Burrell, have recently signed a deal with V2 Benelux records (think Moby and Bloc Party) – here’s hoping they go from strength to strength. […]

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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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Rob Burrell unplugged: Harare

Charismatic, deep-voiced Rob Burrell is the frontman of the soulful Zimbabwean rock band Mann Friday **. He’s doing a special acoustic performance in Harare – not to be missed! Gig info: Friday 11 January | Tristan’s Bar, 14 Aintree Rd, Highlands | Tickets $10 | All proceeds to Harare Children’s Home | Clothes donations encouraged. Food and drinks from 18:30 […]

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Weekend song # 6: Taps’ Change in my heart

When Tapiwa “Taps” Mugadza was just two days old, he was left on the doorstep of an orphanage in Harare, Zimbabwe. He spent his later childhood at St Joseph’s Home for Boys, living through the struggles of being an orphan in an ever-changing Zimbabwe. Music was his solace. He taught himself the keyboard and guitar, and […]

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Weekend song # 5: Cynthia Mare’s Neria

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had an exhausting week. This song feels just right: slow, soothing and heart-wrenching at the same time. Thank you, Cynthia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YdkwMRhX3E Her song is a cover of Oliver Mtukudzi’s original. I think she’s done justice to a beautiful, poignant piece. It’s a about perseverance and hope in the […]

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Weekend song # 4: Thembalami’s Tomurumbidza

We may need some good news this weekend, so here’s some Zimbabwean gospel to keep us going. I found this video a while ago on Youtube and I think it has a happiness factor is 10 out of 10. I remember singing this song at school – we had our own actions to go with […]

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Weekend song # 3: Bkay and Kazz’s 7 wonders

Okay, I’m going to lay my cards on the table and start with a disclaimer: cheesy (but great!) song coming up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTpv2ZwAHrI Hailing from Masvingo, Zimbabwe, Bkay and Kazz won the UK Live & Unsigned competition in 2007. Although they now live in the UK, I love that their R&B music has distinctly African features […]

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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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Weekend song # 1: Tinashe’s Zambezi

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 – […]

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