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Ginimbi’s ‘Dreams’ shatter – NewsDay

A rural boy from Domboshava, an idyllic countryside northeast of Harare, emerged from granite-hilled landscape to capture the attention of Zimbabwe and the continent through his lavish lifestyle and extravagant display of his wealth.

THE late business maverick Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure aptly named his nightclub: Dreams. In life, Ginimbi had indeed dared to dream.

A rural boy from Domboshava, an idyllic countryside northeast of Harare, emerged from granite-hilled landscape to capture the attention of Zimbabwe and the continent through his lavish lifestyle and extravagant display of his wealth.

His business success transcended borders and he was known even in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya, mainly thanks to social media.

In life, Ginimbi was an enigma whose source of vast fortunes remains a mystery.

The prominent dealer would usually throw a big birthday bash in October every year. Guests would be required to dress in white.

His Dreams Night Club in Harare’s Avenues had become a symbol of his “success”. He would host the rich and famous, popping champagne. The watering hole was always buzzling with life and awash with high value cars.

As fate would have it, Ginimbi died on November 8, in 2020 in a freak road traffic accident after a night of heavy partying at the Dreams Night Club.

His sibling, Juliet, who recently died ironically on Ginimbi’s birthday, was a beneficiary of her late brother’s estate as co-executor with her younger sister Nelia, who likes the life of the bright lights.

Three years after his death, everything in Dreams bar went under the hammer on Friday. Even in deaths, the “ides of November” seems to be stalking Ginimbi.

When NewsDay Weekender visited the night club, it was a pale shadow of its former glory. Potential buyers were milling around waiting to scavenge for things on offer.

Among the items sold included four Lamborghini (champagne carrying holders), four Ferraris (champagne carrying holders), six bar fridges, five-door cardboard display unit aluminum glass and aluminum doors.

The other auctioned items included 99 honeycomb lights, one bar sink, 32 big ice buckets, 23 stools, 23 amplifiers, two display upright fridges, 32 big ice buckets, 25 small ice buckets, 12 shisha pots, 37 shisha heads, 40 shisha pipes, 23 stools and 23 round tables.

Nice cocktail tables, 34 speaker tops, 12 bass speakers, seven ceiling air cons, 56 screen panels, six red couch pieces, 41 black couch pieces, seven white couch pieces and six silver couch pieces also went under the hammer.

“We were instructed by the directors of Dreams Night Club to sell the stuff. Obviously, they were struggling to run the bar and the overhead bill kept on ballooning,” said Kaftin Auctioneers officials, who declined to be named.

For one to witness or take part in the auction, he or she had to part with US$400. The media was denied access to the proceedings.

Ginimbi’s funeral drew large crowds beginning on a Friday as hundreds of people, among them international dignitaries, turned up at a funeral parlour in the capital as his body was being collected.

The late flamboyant socialite was mourned in a way that will probably go down in the annals of history as among the most affluent.

His death grabbed headlines beyond the borders and trended on different social media platforms.

On the burial eve, a music concert was held at his mansion in what appeared to be a special treatment bestowed to Ginimbi by the police, who had initially banned the concert.

The police had warned Ginimbi’s family against flouting COVID-19 regulations, but surprisingly, the concert went ahead despite musical performances or concerts having been banned at the time.

Scores of people, among them police officers, turned up for the COVID-19 regulations-busting concert which was headlined by Jah Prayzah with performances by Killer T, Hwinza, Allanah, Ndunge Yut and popular outfit Judgement Yard.

After selling champagne glasses yesterday, NewsDay Weekender is reliably informed that the remaining family members will auction his vehicles and other properties soon.

Some of his luxurious vehicles were impounded by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority over non-payment of duty.

After joining his maker on November 8, Ginimbi’s famous Dreams Night Club was driven into extinction on November 11, three years later in a weird twist of fate in what can be aptly summed up as Ginimbi’s ides of November.

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Breaking news – Chronicle

Iyasa to light up Palace gardens

Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Writer

Award-winning dance and music ensemble, Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (Iyasa) is preparing to grace the Palace Hotel gardens on Friday evening.

The group will be returning to the venue as the main acts this time around after they were hit when they curtain-raised for Baba Harare five weeks ago.

Warming up the stage for them will be Sungura Masters, Ras Teken, Divoxx and Scara. On the decks will be the joint’s resident DJs Ayaxxx, Keitho, Banda and Tetso. Mr Jaiva will be the host on the night.

Iyasa director Nkululeko Dube said they are happy to be returning to the venue which always has a supportive crowd.

“We had a great reception when we supported Baba Harare recently and what a way this will be to quench their (music lovers) appetite. We’re looking forward to another scintillating experience as we showcase what we are best known for,” said Dube.

Palace Hotel proprietor Tapiwa “Gandz” Gandiwa said they cannot wait to host the group.

“The lineup is made up of well-known local artistes and what better way to kick start the festive season? We promise top-quality entertainment this festive season as we continue to give local artistes a chance to make their breakthroughs,” said Gandz. – @mthabisi_mthire

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Breaking news – Chronicle

Ziyajuluka Festival on cards

Natasha Mutsiba, [email protected]

The Ziyajuluka Festival is set to take place at The Hub in Bulawayo next week Saturday.

The festival aims to uplift youth talent and help local up-and-coming artistes gain more recognition in all music genres. Killer Nox and Taddy Bear Events, popular entertainers known for their engaging performances, will host the festival.

In addition to music, the festival will feature performances from various dance groups, including Jabulani Arts Academy, DT8, and Skhumz Moonwalker. These talented dance groups will add an extra layer of entertainment and excitement to the festival.

Killer Nox has emphasised that attendees can expect a safe and secure environment during the festive season.

The festival’s second edition aims to create a platform for emerging artistes to shine and make their mark in the music industry.

_@Tasha Mutsiba.

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12 days of Christmas concerts: Where to see holiday performances … –

BETHELHEM, Pa. — ’Tis the season of songs.

From student-led performances to community choirs, there are numerous ways to celebrate Christmastime in the Lehigh Valley.

Check out these Celtic, jazz and modern performances featuring classical and contemporary music.

Festival of Carols

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Central Moravian Church

The Central Moravian Church presents its Festival of Carols on Dec. 2 in Bethlehem.

Central Moravian Church will present its Festival of Carols, a choral and instrumental that features organ prelude, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” by Rebecca Lepore, minister of music at the historic church that was founded in 1742.

Additionally, you can hear the church choir on anthems and choruses by Felix Mendelssohn, G.F. Handel, John Rutter and Dan Forrest; the Mainstreet Brass on a new set of Roger Harvey arrangements for Advent; and congregational hymns, including “Morning Star,” a Moravian Christmas tradition.

Tickets: Free

When: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: 73 W. Church St., Bethlehem


Bel Canto in Bethlehem

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.



The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus’ holiday show includes Mendelssohn’s “He Watching Over Israel,” and selections from BWV 61 (with guests from the Bach Festival Orchestra).

The show will begin with a traditional Zimbabwean song of welcome and concludes with the singing of beloved carols.

The youth chorus — consisting of 50 musicians — was founded in 1993 by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The performance will be conducted by Kelly Rocchi and Alaina Swartz.

Tickets: $15, free for students with school ID

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 21 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem


Be merry with the Vespers

For something full of seasonal spirit, Lehigh University Choral Arts Christmas Vespers will present its annual gift to the community.

The performance will be directed by Steven Sametz, with associate director, Hana Cai.

The longstanding holiday show combines two traditional forms of worship in the Moravian Church — the singstunde and the candlelight service.

Tickets: Free. Early arrival is suggested

When: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec 10

Where: Packer Memorial Church, 18 University Drive, Bethlehem


Cheer with Charter Arts

The Charter Arts Vocal Music Department’s winter choral concert will feature traditional holiday songs performed by close to 200 student musicians made up of three of the school’s choirs.

Tickets: $11 adults, $6 students/children

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 12

Where: 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem


The ‘light’ of the Chorale


Micaela Hood


Lehigh Valley Chorale is gearing up for its winter concert.

The Lehigh Valley Chorale will take the stage for “The Light That Leads Us Home,” a holiday showcase that mixes modern-day tunes with classics like Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Morton Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night.”

The chorale group, based in Easton, is led by Nick Sienkiewicz, the conductor of the 153-member choir, ages 18-80.

Tickets: $20

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown


Santa and the Symphony

The Allentown Symphony’s annual “Holiday Pops” concert will feature Christmas classics, sing-a-long opportunities and a visit from Santa Claus.

Led by conductor Diane Wittry and vocalist Michael Andrew, this year’s guest stars include Robert Trexler, the Emmaus High School Chorale, the Accent School of Dance, the O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance and the Uilleann Bagpipers.

Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk will deck the halls as the opening speaker.

Tickets: $25 – $72

When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown


Christmas with Bach




Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will perform their Christmas concert in December.

The Bach Choir’s annual holiday program will consist of Bach’s “Magnificat,” and the festive “Cantana 63,” which he wrote in 1732.

Historically, “Magnificat” was performed in Germany and part of church services on Sundays, and recited in Latin, especially during holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

The Bach Choiris celebrating its 125th year in 2023.

The group was founded by John Frederick Wolle in 1898, nearly 150 years after Bach’s death.

Wolle was an organist at central Moravian at a time when Bach was tied to the singing tradition of the Moravians.

Tickets: $9 – $45

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Allentown and 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 2344 Church St., Bethlehem.


Student recital

The Community Music School’s holiday show will feature student musicians from beginner to advanced levels.

The intimate recital, which will contain a mix of song and piano, prepares students for future live performances.

Tickets: Free, but donations are suggested to help fund the nonprofit’s programs.

When: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 1544 Hamilton St., Allentown


Organ performance




Moravian Historical Society

The Moravian Historical Society’s Christmas concert features a erformance by Thomas Dressler on an organ that was built in the 1700s and is one of the oldest organs in the country.

Moravian Historical Society will present a concert with Thomas Dressler, director of music at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton.

Dressler will perform a yuletide concert on the 1776 Tannerberg organ.

The Tannerberg piece, in the museum of the Moravian Historical Society, was built by Moravian organ builder David Tannenberg.

Tannenberg arrived in Bethlehem on Nov. 25, 1776, to set up the organ, which was used in the Single Brethren’s House in Bethlehem.

Only nine of Tannerberg’s organs exist today.

The concert will take place in the museum on the second floor of the Whitefield House.

Tickets: $10

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Moravian Historical Society, 214 E. Center St., Nazareth


A Creole Christmas

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a New Orleans group founded by tuba player Allan Jaffe, will bring some soulful, Southern sounds to the Lehigh Valley.

The jazz troupe will perform original holiday hits, plus favorite Christmas tunes such as “Walking in a Winter Wonderland, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Tickets: $35-$55

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton


Celtic candlelight




Governor Wolf Historical Society

The Governor Wolf Historical Society will host a Celtic Christmas concert in December

You can warm up at the Gov. Wolf Historical Society’s holiday event, which will feature classic Celtic Christmas songs by the Seasons.

The family band is based in Harrisburg and performs with the Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and hammered dulcimer.

There will be a dessert buffet and light refreshments served.

The concert will take place in the newly restored Wolf Academy.

Reservations are recommended and seating is limited. 
Tickets will be available at the venue Dec. 2 and 3 during the holiday history event.

Call or email for tickets at 610-737-3000 or

Tickets: $20 non-members, $15 members

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 6600 Jacksonville Road, Bath


Old time charm

The banjo, fiddle and dulcimer will take center stage at the Bell Tower’s first-holiday concert.

You can enjoy traditional country tunes by local musicians Norm Williams and Tom and Betty Drunkenmiller.

Williams is known for his old-time Appalachian fiddle and gospel songs and tunes as well as other folk styles.

The Drukenmillers, with their son, Nate, began performing and recording in the 1990s.

Alongside Williams, the couple have made six recordings, most recently “Bound to Change.”

Tickets: $10

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Belltower Cultural Center, 2904 Church Road, Bangor


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