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DJs Fantan, Levels Jail Term Reduced – New Zimbabwe.com


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By Mary Taruvinga


THE High Court has been reduced the 12-month jail term of three popular music promoters Arnold Kamudyariwa (DJ Fantan) Tafadzwa Kadzimwe (DJ Levels) and Damma, born Simbarashe Chanachimwe.

Their sentence has been reduced to three months with an option to pay a $2 000 fine each coupled with conditions of good behaviour for the next five years.

Fantan and colleagues were out on bail pending appeal.

Their appeal was heard by judges of appeal, Pisirayi Kwenda, and Benjamin Chikowero after the state conceded their sentence was too harsh.

The three were convicted in January this year on their own guilty plea by the Harare provincial head magistrate, Vongai Muchuchuti.

Muchuchuti slapped the trio with a 12-month jail sentence each before suspending six months of the jail terms on conditions of good behaviour.

The three landed in jail after they organised a New Year’s Eve bash against national Covid-19 regulations which bars gatherings.

The party was attended by thousands of music fans in Harare’s Matapi Flats.

Fantan and accomplices told the court in mitigation that they were ready to become brand ambassadors and lead the youths in Covid-19 awareness campaigns.

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Zim-Born Ruva Chigwdere (21) Transforms US Havard Theatre – New Zimbabwe.com

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“TO ME, leadership has always meant service,” said singer, actor, and writer Ruva Chigwedere ‘21. In her four years at Harvard, she honed her craft and created spaces for Black artists on campus.

Chigwedere immigrated to the United States from Zimbabwe at age four. When she moved from New Jersey to Cambridge for college, she planned to study economics in the hopes of securing a stable job; a career in the arts didn’t guarantee that.

However, she soon realised that her true passion was acting, and so decided to gain as much experience in Harvard theater productions as possible. Chigwedere eventually chose to concentrate jointly in Theatre, Dance, and Media and History and Literature.

Chigwedere attended the Shakespeare Summer School Program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and played Kate in “Taming of the Shrew.”

Then, in the fall of 2018, Chigwedere auditioned for the Harvard College Opera production of “Cendrillon.”

Though initially cast in a featured ensemble role, the directors promoted her to the principal role of Dorothée. Chigwedere emphasized how the production allowed her to gain much more experience in a short amount of time.

Chigwedere also joined the Kuumba Singers, which was founded in 1970 in the midst of the political turmoil of the Civil Rights Movement, two years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

“They were one of the spaces in the Black community that I felt most at home in,” Ruva says. She also stressed the importance of the group’s continuing legacy of Black community organizing.

“The spirit of [the Kuumba Singers] really mimics some of the Black community organizations that were fighting for justice during the time,” she said.

Chigwedere’s contributions to the Harvard community don’t stop there: She also expanded the reach of the Harvard Black Community & Student Theatre Group, or BlackC.A.S.T., a student-run organization that supports Black student theater artists.

When Chigwedere arrived at Harvard, the organization had taken a long hiatus, and its reputation was less than stellar.

“The stereotype that BlackC.A.S.T. had in the Harvard theater community at the time was that they couldn’t put together a good show,” Chigwedere says. Hoping to reinvigorate the group, she joined the board, serving as secretary and then co-president.

One of her goals was addressing the organization’s lack of institutional memory and creating mechanisms for passing down knowledge about theater to younger students.

“There are people who know how to do things, individual people have their connections to different groups. That has been one of BlackC.A.S.T.’s strengths, but also its greatest fault: that things end with people,” Chigwedere says. “Once a person graduates, a connection is lost.”

Her other accomplishments with BlackC.A.S.T. include solidifying the group’s relationship with other Harvard theater institutions — such as the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club and the American Repertory Theatre — and reaffirming its connections with other Black student organizations.

As a sophomore, Chigwedere directed the Black Playwrights Festival, an annual showcase of student works.

The 2021 Festival, which took place virtually in March, focused on the theme “Some Kind of Tomorrow,” featuring readings from five student playwrights and a conversation with playwrights Lydia R. Diamond and Michael R. Jackson.

Chigwedere’s desire to cultivate a space for the Black artistic community at Harvard came out of her appreciation for Black students before her who created safer spaces.

“Yes, this is a white supremacist institution. And there’s so many different things that have happened that have been traumatizing, or that have been painful for me to experience as a Black person,” she said.

“But I’m able to take up space and to be seen as [making] valuable contributions on this campus because of those people.”

Still, Chigwedere has long been frustrated by the treatment of Black women in Harvard theater. “It made me really sad to see … how Black women were systematically kept out of different places,” she said.

And the problem isn’t unique to Harvard. Chigwedere realized while reading her program at a West End production of “Dreamgirls” that there is a dearth of roles for Black women in theater. “In every one of those actors’ resumes, they were either Deena or Effie in “Dreamgirls” and they were either Celie or Nettie in “The Color Purple,” she says.

“There are just two roles out there.” Her desire to change that narrative motivated her to write her senior thesis, a play titled “For Daughters of Ezili; or, How to be a Black Girl and Find Love and Survive 101.”

“I’m going to need to create something for me in order to be able to work,” Chigwedere says. The result was a celebration of Black women’s complexity and joy. After graduation, Ruva continued to develop her thesis play for production, and is planning to possibly audition for conservatory and write her own music.

Her advice to current students? Prioritize. “I wish I could shake every single Harvard student,” she said. “The more you stretch yourself thin, the more you will hate all the things that you actually love doing.”

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Ma9nine drops Jewish video – NewsDay

BY DARLINGTON MWASHITA
BULAWAYO-BASED dancehall artiste, Hansel “Ma9nine” Ndlovu says his recently released music video titled Jewish directed by AJV Afri Art has been well received by his fans.

The video, released on September 13, has garnered more than 86 000 views on YouTube.

“Bulawayo is well known for a different taste and a very good sense of dressing, style and fashion. As we are in summer season, the video is all about dressing,” Ma9nine told NewsDay Life &Style.

“I am honoured as I have been receiving support from all over Zimbabwe and outside Africa. I am also happy with the positive comments I am getting.”

Ma9nine started his music career five years ago as an acapella artiste before joining the Afro-pop bandwagon and is the first musician from Bulawayo to record with Chillspot Recordz.

“Bulawayo has talent. I feel like artistes have to put in more work as people tend to relax, I am happy that I have managed to draw people’s attention as they are now starting to believe that dancehall is also there in Bulawayo,” he said.

“Dancehall is one of the genres that makes people stay entertained in Bulawayo, before we were missing that. I am happy that Bulawayo people are now used to dancehall as everywhere I go l hear dancehall being played.”

Ma9nine said more music is coming as he is set to feature some South African artistes as a way to bring unique taste to his fans.

He said his music is available on online platforms such as YouTubeFacebook and Instagram.

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Big Brother Mzansi Online Auditions Now Open, Here Is How To Apply Step-By-Step – iharare.com

Big Brother Mzansi Online Auditions Now Open, Here Is How To Apply Step-By-Step

Big Brother Mzansi Online Auditions Now Open, Here Is How To Apply Step-By-Step

Big Brother Mzansi Online Auditions Now Open, Here Is How To Apply Step-By-Step

Big Brother Mzansi auditions are finally open for the third season of the hit reality show, six years since it last premiered. MultiChoice confirmed last week that the long-awaited return was definitely happening.

Mzansi Magic has now officially opened the online auditions for Big Brother Mzansi. People wishing to apply for the auditions can do so online between Tuesday, 19 October and Saturday, 6 November at 17h00. Mzansi Magic has made it clear that no applications will be considered after this deadline.

If you are interested in participating in the third season of Big Brother Mzansi and winning the R1 million grand prize, here is how you can enter the competition.

1. Big Brother Mzansi Website

Visit the Big Brother Mzansi online audition website by clicking on the link below.

Big Brother Mzansi Online Audition Website

2. Big Brother Mzansi Terms & Conditions

Before you begin the submission process, please carefully read and accept the selection terms and conditions.

After you have read and accepted the selection terms and conditions, tick the appropriate box, and click on the “Next” button at the bottom of the page.

3. Profile

You will then need to fill in your details to complete your personal profile.  Here are the details you will need to submit:

1. Full Names
2. Contact (Email, Mobile Number, Physical Address)
3. Brief Bio of Applicant
4. Eligibility Requirement.
5. Hobbies
6. Date of Birth
7. City of Residence
8. Father’s origin
9. Mother’s origin
9. Relationship Status
10. Occupation
11. Education
12. Covid-19 Vaccination status

Please make sure that you’ve completed all the fields in the form and double-check that your contact information is correct or the organisers won’t be able to reach you.

When done, click the next button.

Big Brother Mzansi Online Auditions Now Open, Here Is How To Apply Step-By-Step

Big Brother Mzansi Online Auditions Now Open, Here Is How To Apply Step-By-Step

4. Video Audition

Next, you will be required to upload a two-minute video audition of yourself. It is advisable to make the video and save it on your computer or mobile phone before starting your application for Big Brother Mzansi.

Your video should strictly adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Video must be a maximum of 2 minutes in length.
2. The maximum 2-minute video should end with you completing the sentence “I would
make a perfect housemate because…”
3. Video must contain your Name, E-mail and Phone Number clearly stated.
4. Avoid all forms of filters, special video effects, copyrighted music and background music.

Below are some of the tips from the organisers on how to record your videos.

1. Be yourself! We want to get to know who you are as a person. How will your life experience help you win Big Brother? How will you interact with the other housemates? When describing yourself, remember to cite real-life examples. We love a good story!

2. Making a casting video is not about putting together the best skit or wearing the wackiest costumes. We’re looking for real people and we want to see the real you.

3. If you come from a unique region or area of the country, talk about where you’re from, how it’s a part of your personality, or how it may help you do well on Big Brother. If you have an interesting job, talk about your job and how those skills may help you win the show.

4. Hold the camera steady.

5. If shooting indoors, make sure to shoot in a well-lit room with lights in front of you to light your face.

6. Shoot during the day so we can see you instead of trying to see you in the dark.

7. Speak loudly and clearly.

8. Find a relatively quiet area to shoot your video so ambient noises won’t distract from what you’re saying.

9. Your video may be shown on a TV. Please shoot your video like you would see it on a TV. Please shoot landscape (horizontal) and not portrait (vertical) style.

5. Finish Application

When done submit your application and keep y our fingers crossed. If you are selected for an interview, you will be advised so by the Producers shortly before the interview is scheduled. If you are selected to participate in the final selection process, you will be so advised by the Producers shortly before the final selection process is scheduled.

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