South Africa: Shabalala to Be Posthumously Awarded, Academy to Be Built in His Name

The founder of vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo Joseph Shabalala will be posthumously nominated for the gold national Order of Ikhamanga. At Shabalala’s funeral in Ladysmith on Saturday, President Cyril Ramaphosa committed to nominate him for the award. Ladysmith Black Mambazo was awarded a silver national Order of Ikhamanga as a group in October 2008. […]

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Zimbabwe: Zim Celebrates Youth Day With Music, Sport

Many youths yesterday engaged in activities countrywide to mark the Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, a public holiday set aside to celebrate the contribution of young people to political and socio-economic development. February 21 was proclaimed a holiday in 2017 in recognition of the works of the late founding president Robert Mugabe. The commemorations […]

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South Africa: The Lottery and the Missing Minstrel Museum

Six years ago the Lottery gave R13 million for a museum which still does not exist Nearly six years after the Lottery gave R13 million to establish a “Carnival Heritage Museum” intended to celebrate the colourful history of Cape Town’s minstrels, the museum still does not exist. The annual minstrel parade through the streets of […]

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Zimbabwe: Damascus Is New Prince of Afro-Pop

A fortnight ago the local showbiz industry woke up to new, colourful and well-choreographed visuals by award-winning Blaqs pinned on Nash TV YouTube Channel. The three-minute-long musical video titled Kwende, which by Friday had hit close to 10 000 views, features familiar faces in the industry and a cameo appearance from Enoch Chisale has got […]

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South Africa: 14th Annual Saftas’ Nominees Announced in Style At the Mall of Africa

The month of love hit a high note today, with the official announcement of the 2020 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominees proudly brought to you by Brand South Africa. Hosted under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) the awards seek to honour and celebrate South Africa’s local film […]

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South Africa: ‘Shabalala Music Will Never Die’

Lawson Mabhena News and Politics Editor When Paul Simon introduced Ladysmith Black Mambazo during the Graceland Concert at Rufaro Stadium, Harare, in 1987, he explained that they were named after the mbazo, “a small axe, because of the power of their vocals”. Ladysmith was their home town in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. After being introduced […]

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South Africa: Political Songs | Ndodemnyama – Miriam Makeba

The night before being hanged, Vuyisile Mini’s booming voice sang the protest song he penned, defying the state and giving Mama Africa a jumping tune for a new generation. It was 5 November 1964, their last and devastatingly sad evening before leaving this world. Three combatants of the banned ANC’s military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe […]

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Malawi: Dancehall Artist Binge Envisions Malawi Okoma in New Song

Lilongwe β€” “A brighter Malawi, a Malawi where everyone is there for each other and where there are no ‘six inches’ around”; these are the dreams of dancehall artist Binge in his new song Malawi Okoma. After a 2008 debut album, Binge returns in 2020 with a new album project, a project which starts with […]

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Zimbabwe: Jazz Musician On Cancer Awareness Drive

Rising jazz musician Brian Nyahuma aka Mukorekore is using his celebrity status to raise awareness on cancer and other social issues. Nyahuma who plays with The African Pride Band said he is hosting a cancer awareness show on Valentine’s Day at Splendor Gardens in Waterfalls. The show comes 10 days after the country commemorated World […]

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