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Queen of soul Aretha Franklin dies

Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of soul, has died. Associated Press and TMZ reported that she died yesterday. She was 76 years old. The cause of death has not been revealed. Last year, Franklin announced a semi-retirement from live performance. In March, she cancelled two upcoming concerts, citing doctor’s orders …

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All set for ‘Change A Life’ concert

Kundai Marunya Arts Correspondent All is set for the highly anticipated Change A Life concert that is headlined by South African star rapper Nasty C (real name David Junior Ngcobo) and top local acts. The show slated for tomorrow at Wingate Golf Club will raise money for less privileged children …

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Sulu meets Diamond Musica at Food Nest

Arts Reporter After touring the United Kingdom where he performed at Zimfest last week, Suluman Chimbetu returns to the local stage tonight where he performs at Food Nest alongside Diamond Musica. Sulu reportedly left lasting impressions at the festival and his team is in high spirits after the successful foreign …

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Matare shines in theatre, film

Boniface Chimedza Arts Correspondent Award-winning film and television artist and renowned guru in theatrical production performances, Charles Matare has carved a permanent niche in the local film and television industry, boasting of several accolades in different artistic genres. Matare won the 2013 National Arts Merits Awards (Nama) for the best …

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Mbeu makes inroads in live shows

Vongai Mbara Arts Correspondent Fast-rising musician Ashton Nyahora, popularly known as Mbeu, is making inroads in showbiz and is currently one of the busiest young musicians on the live show terrain. He holds about three shows every week when others are complaining about lack of performance space. Mbeu and his …

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Operation Restore Legacy exhibition goes to SA

Arts Correspondent After a run at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare and Bulawayo an exhibition titled “The Lost and Found: Resilience, Uncertainty, Expectations, Excitement and Hope” pulled heartstrings for its historiographical detail of the momentous events of Operation Restore Legacy. Events dated from November 18, 2017, captured an …

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Mabvazuva Village: Leisure from the East

The Traveller There is a certain nostalgia about the village that people who grew up in the countryside always have. Those images of round huts puffing out smoke through their grass-thatched roofs linger in their minds and every time they visit their villages, childhood memories abound. The sight of lovely …

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Writers using social media positively

Beaven Tapureta Bookshelf Members of Writers International Network Zimbabwe (WINZ) who are on Whatsapp had a fantastic online session with US-based accomplished writer Professor Emmanuel Sigauke. The almost two hour-long session touched on ‘the importance of writing contests for aspiring and emerging authors’. Prof Sigauke focused on the English short …

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Dreamstar competition finalists selected

Tafadzwa Zimoyo Senior Arts Reporter There was a high turnout at Longchen Plaza over the weekend during Dresmstar semi-finals that saw 43 gifted contestants battling out for positions in the top 10. The finalists will lock horns in the national finals set for Rainbow Towers on October 13. Those who …

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A fallen hero called Cde Chopper

In 2004 I sat backstage with Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu at Heroes Splush gala at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera.Heroes Splush was a gala that was held during the Heroes Day holiday. It was an event to celebrate the lives of the country’s heroes. It was a cold August night and Chopper …

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