Christmas in October for Cde Chinx and wives: Goodbye to the ghetto life

Comrade Chinx and his two wives: Patricia, the first wife, lives in Chitungwiza while Ntombizodwa owns a flat in Norton

Comrade Chinx and his two wives: Patricia, the first wife, lives in Chitungwiza while Ntombizodwa owns a flat in Norton

Cde Chinx (Dickson Chingaira)’s woes of shuttling between the dormitory towns of Chitungwiza and Norton for his two wives are over — thanks to the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima).

The singer, famed for his liberation war songs, was on Wednesday night accorded the chairman’s award, which came with a four-bedroomed house in Harare’s leafy Mabelreign suburb. Cde Chinx, who has two wives, Patricia and Ntombizodwa, is now a proud new owner of a house with two master bedrooms, which according to Zima chairman, Joseph Nyadzayo, are meant to accommodate both his wives.

Patricia, the first wife, lives in Chitungwiza while Ntombizodwa owns a flat in Norton. The new house is set to bring the two wives, who claim to be best friends, under one roof. Cde Chinx met Patricia, his first wife, during the liberation war and Ntombizodwa, a police officer, after independence. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

Tuku conferred with honorary doctorate

Tuku receives his degree certificate from Professor Boniface Chibore (Picture by Zimbo Jam)

Tuku receives his degree certificate from Professor Boniface Chibore (Picture by Zimbo Jam)

MASVINGO – Music super star Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi has been conferred with an honorary PhD degree in Philosophy, Ethno Musicology and Choreography.  Tuku was capped by President Robert Mugabe at Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) on Friday.

The katekwe music icon was rewarded for using his music as commentary on various social, cultural, economic issues in his 36-year long music career. Speaking before he was conferred with the academic gong, GZU vice chancellor, Prof Rungano Zvobgo, commended Tuku for contributing to the preserving of social and cultural heritage of Zimbabwe through music. READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

Makandiwa discloses source of wealth

Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa

Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa

United Family International Church (UFIC) leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa has lifted the lid on his wealth, disclosing that he is a businessman with investments on the London Stock Exchange. Addressing thousands on the first day of the Billionaires Mindset Summit in Harare on Thursday, Prophet Makandiwa said his income comes from business and not the church.

He also said Zimbabwe has vast investment opportunities despite its economic situation. “It is believed that preachers everywhere make money through taking advantage of the poor. If the people are poor then what can a preacher take from them as the congregants actually have nothing in the first place? READ MORE AFTER THE CUT

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

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