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Sungura Blast to rekindle yesteryear memories – Newsday

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YESTERYEAR memories are set to be rekindled when veteran sungura singer Nicholas “Senior Lecturer” Zakaria shares the stage with Alick Macheso at the Sungura Blast concert set for Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on Saturday.

Local leading music platform, Gateway Stream Music is behind the concert, its very first sungura show.

Before forming Orchestra Mberikwazvo band in 1997, Macheso was under the stewardship of the sungura godfather, Zakaria and his Khiama Boys.

Since their split, music fans cherish the old memories every time the music legends share the stage.

The Khiama Boys of old was made up of some of the celebrated sungura music greats who included Macheso and Zakaria Zakaria, younger brother to the Senior Lecturer.

The star-studded Khiama Boys of old was a marvel to watch and was strong in all departments from vocals, lead and bass guitar as well as drums and rhythm guitars.

Knowing how their fans treasure such moments, Macheso and Zacharia will probably go down memory lane to bring the Khiama Boys magic by performing one or two songs from the rich discography produced during their heyday.

Gateway Stream Music manager Elton Kurima said the Sungura Blast concert sought to bridge the gap between the seasoned and rising generations of musicians.

“We believe our local talent is a match to any regional or international acts. This is why we are driven to partner with artistes, to create great world-class productions, and give artistes a big stage and an overall best experience for the audience. Our strategy is to showcase all the local music genres as they appeal to different market segments,” he explained.

Also to perform at the show will be jiti singer Baba Harare, sungura artsite Mark Ngwazi, dendera ace Sulumani Chimbetu, up-and-coming artistes Shantel Sithole and Audinance Kuimba.

Kurima said Gateway Stream Music believed in offering a platform to up-and-coming artistes.

“We always ensure that there are up-and-coming artistes in our line-up. A time passed when sungura and Kanindo were mostly dominated by male artistes, the amazing and talented Shantel Sithole is breaking this stereotype. Sithole is a young rising artiste born in Chipinge who sings Kanindo music. Kanindo is the original beat of Africa. It was there before sungura and rhumba and these music trends were, indeed, born out of Kanindo,” he further noted.

When asked whether the target for the Sungura Blast was to fill up the venue, Kurima said: “The concert was created to give the sungura lovers some great musical experience and the artistes a stage and superstar treatment they will never forget and not necessarily to fill up the HICC.

“Following up on the same level of delivery from our Redefined Concert, we feel the artistes we have lined up are equally prominent and, in particular, the sungura genre deserves the recognition.”

Kurima also indicated that the concert will be streamed on the Gateway Stream Music Pay Per View (PPV) platform to give the diaspora audience and those local fans who may not be able to make their way to the HICC the opportunity to watch the show from the comfort of their homes.

To access the PPV platform, fans must download the application on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store and the Gateway Stream Music website https://gatewaystreammusic.com/live-streaming/.

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IRELAND: Hip-hop icon God Knows on Bob Marley and his uncle Cde Chinx – New Zimbabwe.com

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Limerick hip-hop icon God Knows talks to Stuart Clark about his Uncle Dick Chinx Chingaira, a hero of the Zimbabwean revolution who gigged with Bob Marley and inspired his new summer banger, ‘Twelve 61’.

Talk about keeping it in the family. The new God Knows track, ‘Twelve 61’, samples his late maternal uncle, Dick Chinx Chingaira, who was a hero of the Zimbabwean revolution; features a guest appearance by present day Zimbabwean dancehall star Jah Master who’s his cousin on his father’s side; and is produced by his younger brother, Godwin Jonas.

“I come from a rich line of fighters,” God Knows says with a smile. “My uncle’s grandfather, Chief Makoni, was the first Shona-speaking Zimbabwean chief to stand up to the colonisers in the late 1800s. Of course, they retaliated with guns and mass killings. They took his skull back to England to examine because he was the only one to resist in that way. Despite being asked for its return, it’s still in the National History Museum in London.”

Which is not your average Irish hip-hop back story. When the Second Chimurenga, AKA the Zimbabwean War of Liberation, started in 1964, Dick Chinx Chingaira joined the Army Youth Choir where, as Comrade Chinx, he was responsible for such clarion calls as ‘Africa’, ‘Hondo Yeminda’ and ‘Mabhunu’.

“The song he made super-famous, which I sample, ‘Twelve 61’, was chanted when they went into battle. By the time the war was won and he left the army he was a national hero himself.”

Dick Chinx Chingaira’s revolutionary stance struck a chord with another roots rebel rocker.

“To celebrate Independence Day in 1980, Bob Marley headlined a massive concert in Harare where he played a specially commissioned song, ‘Zimbabwe’, which was later sampled by Akon on ‘Don’t Matter’,” God Knows reveals. “That day, Bob Marley made a point of going to see my uncle and told him, ‘I know all about you and your grandfather. Will you come and open for me?’ Of course, he said ‘Yes!’”

As with all of God Knows’ music, ‘Twelve 61’ is impossible to pigeonhole.

“I grew up in a house where reggae, dub, dancehall and jazz – albeit done the African way with bits added and subtracted – was played,” he recalls. “I didn’t think in terms of genres, it was all just music that seeped into my head. My music now is a continuation of that.”

It’s been a busy summer for God Knows and his Narolane pals Denise Chaila and MuRli who operate as both an Odd Future-style collective and as separate artist entities. First there were stadium shows with Ed Sheeran followed by an Ed remix; Denise playing a Glastonbury set that was cherry-picked by the BBC for its festival coverage; and a turn at the party thrown for the All Ireland-winning Limerick hurlers. MuRli’s already told us about their close encounters of the Sheeran kind, so let’s focus on Glasto.

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“It felt like the culmination of several things we’ve been working on for the past two years,” G notes. “I’d like to acknowledge, if I may, our wonderful booking agent, Sophie Roberts, who’s gone above and beyond in getting us gigs like this. She’d know a lot of the key BBC DJs like Jack Saunders who’s been gushing about Denise on his Future Artists show. His producer moved over to BBC Introducing, the curators of the stage we were on at Glastonbury, so it was one thing leading to another.

“Then, on the TV side, we’ve had Pippa Evers who also looks after Take That and Pharell Williams trying to get us on Later With Jools Holland, which is inevitably where Denise is going. The gigs that the Jools team had wanted to come and see her at were for various reasons cancelled, so they booked Denise for the televised Treehouse Sessions at Glastonbury, which they also look after.”

Let us not forget that Denise’s 2020 banger, ‘Holy Grail’, prophetically included the line “See you from the stage Glastonbury.”

“That’s Narolane – dream it and it’ll happen,” God Knows beams. “So, they finally got to see Denise and they loved it, which was a really cool moment. As a totally independent artist and label you sometimes wonder about the money you’re spending on things like plugging, but there was the payback. Immediately afterwards Jamz Supernova recorded ‘061’ for her BBC 6Music show and by 6pm that night Laura from The Guardian, who’s another big fan, had written a glowing review of Denise’s set. It was a massive spread with Kendrick on the left and Chaila on the right. That’s the company you want to be keeping!”

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Artist Natasha Ruwona showcase Scots-African storytelling – New Zimbabwe.com

The David Livingstone Birthplace Museum is set to host Our Stories Between the Myths and Memories between October 22 and 23, which has been organised by Scottish-Zimbabwean artist Natasha Thembiso Ruwona.

The event will bring Scottish-African figures from across the globe, including Nigerian-Scottish writer Tomiwa Folorunso, who is set to hold a discussion on storytelling within different cultures and communities on the Saturday.

Glasgow-based filmmaker and comic book writer Etienne Kubwabo, who wrote Beats of War featuring Scotland’s celebrated first black superhero, will then hold a workshop to discuss his body of work.

Saturday’s programme of events will close with a music event hosted by DJs from Jambo!, Scotland’s only radio station dedicated to African and Caribbean music.

On the Sunday, the subject of decolonisation will be explored, with a panel presented by the museum staff discussing decolonising its collection and object handling.

Scottish-Zimbabwean artist Natasha Thembiso Ruwona

A live music event will follow with the Congolese Gig Group due to perform a set featuring Afro-Congo pop, reggae, seben/rumba and afrobeat.

The weekend will close with An Exercise in Exorcism, a multifaceted exhibition using dance, performance and installation from Ashanti Harris, which will reimagine historical narratives from the perspective of the Caribbean perspective.

Ruwona, the Scottish-Zimbabwean who programmed the event, said: “I’m really excited to be able to bring together so many brilliant creative practitioners from the Scottish-African diaspora to one space and to celebrate their contributions to the creative sector.”

“This project speaks to our past, present, and potential futures that examine black Scottish history, culture, and identity. It is also a timely event that will spotlight the work that David Livingstone Birthplace are doing as they consider the role of museums within truthful storytelling, by asking important questions about legacy and memory.”

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Shoko Festival 2022 Revs Into Action – 263chat.com

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By Victor Fanuel

HARARE- The much-anticipated Shoko Festival kicks off today, with the Voice2Rep watch party setting the tone for the urban extravaganza.

The Shoko Festival’s 12th edition will run until October 1st, with the theme PARTYcipate.

PARTYcipate is a rallying cry for young people to participate in public processes that shape their future, such as elections.

The Voice2Rep watch party, which kick-starts courtesy of a partnership between Magamba Network and Accountability Lab, will be hosted at the main festival hub, the Moto Republik, courtesy of a collaboration between Magamba Network and Accountability Lab.

Voice2Rep will feature 10 artists competing in a search for underground music artists that advocate greater representation, participation, and accountability across Nigeria, Liberia, and Zimbabwe.

The Women’s Cypher, which will showcase and celebrate women’s contributions to urban culture, will take place on Wednesday.

On Friday, the Reps Theatre will host the much-anticipated comedy roast of outspoken Norton MP Temba Mliswa.

Panelists to Mliswa’s roast comedy show include controversial and self-proclaimed Prophet Madungwe, musician Vimbai Zimuto, Lorraine Guyo, Sokostina, Ckanyiso Dat Guy, Bustop TV founder Lucky Aaron, and Comrade Fatso.

The 808 after party will take place on Friday night at the festival’s hub, Moto Republik.
Peace in the Hood in Chitungwiza, headlined by Freeman, Voltz JT, Crooger, Kikky Badass, Tanto Wavie, and Luminous, will be the festival’s final musical and arts show on Saturday.

The annual Hub UnConference, runs concurrently with the Shoko Festive, will feature events such as the Annual State of the Internet Address, the Women Create Worlds Summit, the Mayors’ Forum, and the Africa Satire Convention.

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