ZIMAS 2014 Awards in Pics

Best Dancehall Music-Soul Jah Love.

Best Dancehall Music-Soul Jah Love – Pic courtesy of Newsday

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Zimas leave a lot to be desired . . . Cynthia Mare shines

Cynthia Mare

THE Zimbabwe Music Awards held at the Harare International Conference Centre on Wednesday evening will likely go down as one of the most underwhelming events on the showbiz calendar this year, yet it could have easily gone down as the best.

The much hyped about event, which belonged to Cynthia Mare who scooped most of the awards, left a lot to be desired due to the numerous glitches which could have easily been avoided, with or without funds.

A lot of things went wrong, from poor sound output to not so impressive lighting, dry jokes from some presenters and no podium. But the main glitch of the night was failure to play clips of the winning songs as the artistes took to the stage to receive their awards.

The ceremony, which was meant to acknowledge and honour musical excellence and creativity, robbed artistes of their chance to shine as the music they spent time working on was not played on the night, save for those who had the golden opportunity to perform their winning tracks live. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

Hard times hit Four Brothers

The late Marshal Munhumumwe

HARARE – Indeed the dead stay dum! Marshal Munhumumwe, the late Four Brothers leader is long gone and there is no way he can be resurrected to save the once inimitable musical band from its current financial woes. Once a popular band, The Four Brothers band is teetering on the brink of collapse after hitting a rough patch.

So dire is the situation that the once-mighty band is now battling to raise even $150 to record a single. “Things are tight to say the least. You cannot believe it, but the truth of the matter is that we are failing to raise $150 to record our single track Chigumbu,” James Nyamande, the band’s leader told the Daily News. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

Makanaka’s mother speaks out

Makanaka Wakatama

Socialite and former child presenter Makanaka Wakatama protected the father of her children even when her mother was against their union. Makanaka’s mother Memory Gwata said that she tried to block her child’s early marriage but it was fruitless because Makanaka protected her husband.

Concerted effort to try and expose the child marriage were fruitless as Gwata concealed the information and would make sure Makanaka was kept away from the media.However, Gwata said by speaking out in support of the launch of the Makanaka Trust, it reflects that she had forgiven Makanaka and it was important that they move on. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

Sharon, Kuda row takes new twist

Sharon Macheso and Kuda Munetsi

Sharon Macheso and Kuda Munetsi

Sharon Macheso’s husband Kudakwashe Munetsi has abandoned his application for discharge at the close of the State case, saying he wants a chance to reveal more details pertaining to the breakdown of their marriage. Munetsi was supposed to file his written submissions for his application Wednesday and the State was to respond Thursday, while magistrate Mr Tavonga Mutetwa was expected to pass his ruling on Monday next week.

When contacted to comment on why he had set aside the application, Munetsi through his lawyer Mr Charles Chikore of C. Mutsahuni Chikore and partners said he had decided to go straight to the defence case since he wanted to let the public know the cause of their differences with his wife. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

Zambia makes history, names white Vice President as interim President

Zambia interim President Guy Scott

Guy Scott was sworn in today as the interim president of Zambia following the death of Zambian president Michael Sata yesterday Oct. 28th. This makes Mr Scott, who is of Scottish descent but born in Zambia, the first white president in Africa since apartheid.

Guy Scott, 70, became vice-president of Zambia in 2011 and will serve as interim-president pending when the country holds fresh elections for a new president within 90 days. The Zambian constitution makes it impossible for Scott to be president because his parents were not born in Zambia.

Tuku to be conferred with Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ethno-Musiciology

Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi

MASVINGO — Music maestro Oliver Mtukudzi is set to be conferred with an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ethno-Musicology at the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU)’s eighth graduation ceremony to be held this Friday, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rungano Zvobgo, has said.

In an interview yesterday, Zvobgo said Tuku, as Mtukudzi is affectionately known by his legion of fans that span across globe, would be awarded the doctorate in line with his invaluable contribution to the arts and entertainment sector in the country and beyond. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

Zambian President dies at 77

The late Zambian President Michael Sata

Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, according to Zambian media reports.

The reports said mr Sata had died on Tuesday evening at London’s King Edward VII hospital. Government officials gave no immediate comment. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

Kanye West turns down $4.5m deal to perform in LA

Kanye West

Kanye West turned down an approach by The Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, who offered him $4.5 million to perform nine gigs.

The ‘Stronger’ hitmaker – who has 16-month-old daughter North with wife Kim Kardashian West – could have been the highest-earning entertainer in the gambling capital, but shunned an approach by The Axis at Planet Hollywood, who offered him a huge deal for just nine days work. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

BBA Hotshots: Zim house mate JJ a force to reckon with

JJ

ZIMBABWEAN Big Brother Hotshots representative, JJ seems to be a force to reckon with as he has managed to avoid eviction from the beginning through to week 3.

JJ, who in week two survived by a whisker, this week proved to be playing his cards well as he survived Sunday evening’s live eviction that saw the end of the road for Laveda (Tanzania) and Alusa (Kenya).

Laveda became the sixth female housemate to be evicted from BBA Hotshots while Alusa became the first guy to also be evicted this season, closing doors on Kenya’s participation in this year’s competition after their other participant Sabina was also evicted last week.

Looking at this week’s votes, Macky2 leads with a total of 4 country votes (Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and the Rest of Africa), followed by JJ with 3 (Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa). Mam’Bea and Ellah follow with two country votes each and Permithias, Alusa and Laveda trailing behind with one each. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

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