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Abusing Marry, VP Chiwenga Shamelessly Praises Stella Chiweshe – ZimEye – Zimbabwe News

Abusing Marry, VP Chiwenga Shamelessly Praises Stella Chiweshe

22 January 2023

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Fresh from abusing the mother of his three children, Acting President Dr Constantino Chiwenga has praised the late iconic songstress, Mbuya Stella Chiweshe, as a cultural ambassador who worked hard to preserve Zimbabwe’s culture and promote the country’s traditional music on the global stage.


The musician, who pioneered and popularised the Mbira Dzavadzimu music genre, died at her Kuwadzana home on Friday after battling cancer.

She was 76.

Government will foot her funeral costs after she was granted a State-assisted funeral.

The Mbira Dzavadzimu music proponent rose to global acclaim on the back of her uniquely Zimbabwean sound.

In a statement, Acting President Chiwenga said he had learnt of Mbuya Chiweshe’s passing with a deep sense of sorrow.

“Mbuya Chiweshe played a huge role in the preservation, celebration as well as taking Zimbabwean culture on to the global stage through her Mbira Dzavadzimu music,” said Acting President Chiwenga.

“Today, the rest of the world is acquainted to mbira music and Zimbabwean culture, thanks, in part, to the works of Mbuya Chiweshe.

“As Government, we view her international success marked by international music awards not only as recognition of her talent but as a celebration of Zimbabwean culture.

“Thanks to the immortality of music, the world will continue to celebrate Zimbabwean culture beyond the life of Mbuya Chiweshe, and, as Zimbabweans, we can only be proud of this global acclaim that she has and will continue to bring us.”

Acting President Chiwenga said the late musician helped inspire Zimbabwean’s quest for freedom.

“Having started her musical journey as far back as the 1960s at a time the colonial Government frowned at the mbira instrument, which they viewed as an instrument of rebellion and one of spiritual inspiration towards the attainment of independence, Mbuya Chiweshe’s music played a role in inspiring freedom fighters.

“Let me also take this opportunity to thank His Excellency the President Dr ED Mnangagwa for granting this great ambassador of our culture and our music a State-assisted funeral.”

Zimbabwe, he said, was poorer without Mbuya Chiweshe.

In a statement announcing the decision to accord the inspirational musician a State-assisted funeral, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said: “The Acting President, Dr Constantino Dominic Guveya Nyikadzino Chiwenga, after consultation with His Excellency President, Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, has announced that Government has granted the late music icon and Mbira Dzavadzimu player, Mbuya Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, a State-assisted funeral.

“This means all the costs related to her interment will be assumed by the State.

“His Excellency the President, who is on leave, and the Acting President extend their deepest, heartfelt condolences to the entire Chiweshe and Reich families on this, their saddest loss.”

He said the late musician epitomised Zimbabwe’s cultural excellence through the Mbira Dzavadzimu genre, which she successfully took to the international stage.

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe director Mr Nicholas Moyo thanked the Government for the recognition.

“For us, we are grateful for this recognition; its confirmed, and we would like to thank the Government for that,” he said.

“The seriousness that the Government is showing to the industry is greatly appreciated.

“It’s not like there is a crisis or that artists cannot cater for themselves, but it’s an honour and recognition from Government, and, once again, we are grateful for that.”

Mr Moyo said burial arrangements will be finalised upon the arrival into the country of Mbuya Chiweshe’s eldest daughter.

Separately, the Zimbabwe Music Awards described the late Mbuya Chiweshe as a renowned mbira player, musician and cultural ambassador who single-handedly made it possible for the girl-child to play the mbira instrument when it was associated with men only.

“She unapologetically took our music and culture to the world and raised the Zimbabwean flag high and proud.

“Today, she leaves not only a musical legacy, but a legacy of humility and humanity, Ubuntu.”

Stella Rambisai Nekati Chiweshe was born on July 8, 1946 in Mujumi Village, Mhondoro, Zimbabwe.

She was internationally known for her singing and playing mbira, an art which she learned between 1966 and 1969.

Mbuya Chiweshe performed numerous times in Germany and also participated in the WOMAD Festival (1994 in the United States, 1995 in Australia, and 2006 in Spain). In 2004, she toured England with her daughter.

Mbuya Chiweshe was married to Peter Reich, a German national.-state media

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Music at the Farm presents Valentine’s Day concert Feb. 12 – Valley Breeze

BURRILLVILLE – Music at the Farm will present a Valentine’s Day concert on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m., at Grace Note Farm, 969 Jackson Schoolhouse Road, Pascoag.

The concert “Ah, The Birds” will feature flutist Virginia Sindelar and pianist Elias Dagher. They will perform “Martinu’s First Sonata,” “Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat,” “Joueurs de Flute” by Albert Roussel, “Vivaldi Concerto in C Major” (Goldfinch), Massiaen’s “The Black Bird” and Jules Mouquet’s “Pan and the Birds.”

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Ukraine war – latest: Russia hints it will do something to ‘gain world’s … – Sky News

Positive signs are emerging that the West is willing to provide more, and better, weapons to Ukraine. But with the first anniversary of the conflict fast approaching, there are fears that Ukraine and Russia could remain locked in stalemate over the next year. 

Professor Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, has warned in an essay for Foreign Politics that “incrementally expanding military and economic assistance” – as the West is doing currently – “is likely to only prolong the war indefinitely”. 

He wrote that Ukraine’s allies should start rapidly expanding their weapons deliveries and sanctions on Russia to support a “breakthrough” in the conflict. 

“Even though Putin must understand by now that Ukrainians are willing to fight for as long as it takes to liberate their country, he still believes that time is on his side. That is because Putin expects Western governments and societies to lose their will and interest to keep helping Ukraine,” he said. 

Professor McFaul said the support should be provided “swiftly” – and could even be part of a “Big Bang” to mark the anniversary.

“Rather than providing ATACMs in March, Reapers in June, and jets in September, NATO should go for a Big Bang,” he said. 

“Plans to provide all these systems should be announced on February 24, 2023, the first anniversary of Putin’s invasion. 

“An announcement of this size will produce an important psychological effect inside the Kremlin and Russian society, signaling that the West is committed to Ukraine’s ambition to liberate all occupied territories.”

He acknowledged there were risks to providing more support, but said there were also risks to taking no action.

For example, he said fears that Vladimir Putin could escalate the war have so far not come to fruition. 

“The reason is simple: Putin has no good way of doing so,” Mr McFaul said. 

“He is already using very expensive cruise missiles to attack apartment buildings. He cannot attack NATO, lest he risk a broader war that Russia would lose quickly. That leaves him with only the nuclear option, but even that would not serve him well.”

He added that if the war drags on for years, many more people will die – and this would be “the cost of incrementalism”.

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Beyoncé announces much anticipated ‘Renaissance’ world tour … – The Zimbabwe Mail


Beyoncé is taking her “Renaissance” global — the superstar will start a world tour in Sweden in May with stops throughout Europe and the United States.

The highly anticipated tour announcement she made on Instagram and her website Wednesday comes days before the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where the global superstar is the most nominated artist and could make Recording Academy history.

Beyoncé, the most decorated woman in Grammy history with 28 wins, could break the late Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti’s record for most awards won if she wins four awards.

Her 2022 album “Renaissance” is a celebration of dance music and is nominated for album of the year. Her tour will make stops in London, Paris, Barcelona and Toronto before ending Sept. 27 in New Orleans.

There were hints that she might tour again after she performed an invite-only show in January in Dubai at the Atlantis The Royal Resort, her first show in four years. Her last solo tour was in 2016, but she went on tour with her husband Jay Z in 2018.

Ticketmaster said in a release that sales will begin Feb. 6 and fans will need to register through their Verified Fan system. Sale times will vary based on city.

Source: AP

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