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


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

‘Sharon Macheso’s marriage didn’t work’

Sungura king, Alick Macheso's daughter, Sharon, and husband Kudakwashe Gladman Munetsi celebrate after they tied the knot in Harare. Pic: Annie Mpalume

Sungura king, Alick Macheso’s daughter, Sharon, and husband Kudakwashe Gladman Munetsi celebrate after they tied the knot in Harare. Pic: Annie Mpalume

Sharon Macheso and Kudakwashe Munetsi’s marriage was riddled with squabbles from the onset, a witness told the court yesterday. Sungura king, Alick Macheso’s daughter, Sharon, and husband Kudakwashe Gladman Munetsi celebrate after they tied the knot in Harare. Pic: Annie Mpalume

In her evidence-in-chief led by prosecutor Ms Gayton Vhiriri, Sharon’s grandmother Mary Mutore, said the rift between the two escalated three days after their wedding. Munetsi, who is being charged for contravening the Domestic Violence Act, appeared before magistrate Mr Tavonga Mutetwa for continuation of trial.

Ms Mutore was the second and last witness in the matter. She is the same woman Munetsi alleges is a traditional healer responsible for calming Sharon’s violent behaviour. After the State closed its case, Munetsi’s lawyer Mr Charles Chikore notified the court of his intentions to make an application for discharge. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

Work permits delay Tocky Vibes UK tour

Tocky Vibes

Tocky Vibes

LONDON – Zimdancehall artist of the moment Tocky Vibes will no longer be performing in the UK this weekend after promoters announced changes to his schedule caused by delays in the allocation of work permits.

In a statement sent to Nehanda Radio, Torro Entertainment said “due to a delay in the allocation of work permits, mainly as a result of a need for further clarification on travel conditions due to the Ebola Outbreak, we have had to re-schedule the show dates to the 14th and 15th of November 2014.”

The show featuring Tocky Vibes, Lipsy and Kinnah was originally scheduled for Friday the 31st October and Saturday 1st November but has now been moved to Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th of November 2014. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

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