Zimbabwe’s Hillzy: A Musical Balancing Act

Hilary Ngaakudzwe Chipunza, better known as Hillzy, is an R&B and hip hop artist from Zimbabwe with a silky smooth voice. He has a very international sound to his music. So much so that it took him a while to be recognised as a Zimbabwean artist despite the fact that …

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US Somali Operation Kills Top ISIL Leader

The United States military has carried out an operation that killed a senior ISIL (ISIS) leader in northern Somalia, US officials said. A statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday said Bilal al-Sudani, a US-designated ISIL leader in Somalia and “key facilitator for ISIS’s global network”, was killed …

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Ukraine Declares War On Its Other Enemy: Corruption

It’s been a political reshuffle with a difference. At the time of typing this, 11 officials have either resigned or been sacked as Kyiv tries to tackle government corruption. It’s led to some politicians in the US calling for aid to Ukraine to be restricted. President Volodymyr Zelensky is trying …

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Israeli Jenin Raid Sparks Anger In Gaza

A deadly Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank has provoked grief and anger in Gaza. Rockets have been fired into Israel, and hundreds of Palestinians have taken part in vigils and rallies to condemn what they describe as a “massacre”. After nine Palestinians were killed in Israel’s raid on …

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Nhau/Indaba Entertainment Diary

By MazzeltovA number of shows are lined up across Zimbabwe this weekend, signalling the return of artists from the January break. Here are the top events to expect: Baba Shero, Freeman, Progress Chipfumo In ChitungwizaSungura maestro, Alick ‘Baba Shero’ Macheso descends on Chitungwiza’s Damview for what promises to be an …

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Wagner’s Prisoner Army Revealed In Russian Graveyard

Late last summer, a plot of land on the edge of a small farming community in southern Russia began to fill with scores of newly dug graves of fighters killed in Ukraine. The resting places were adorned with simple wooden crosses and brightly coloured wreaths that bore the insignia of …

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Stella Chiweshe: A Mbira Queen, Rebel Music Star & Pioneer

Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, affectionately known in Zimbabwe as “the queen of mbira” or “Ambuya (grandmother) Chiweshe”, passed away on 20 January 2023. Chiweshe was born in July 1946 in the rural area of Mhondoro in the Mashonaland province of northern Zimbabwe. She began playing the mbira, an ancient thumb piano, in the early 1960s. …

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Shinsoman Back With ‘Romantic Gangster’

By Purity MarungisaZim dancehall chanter, Shinsoman, has resurfaced on music charts countrywide with a potential scorcher of an album titled “Romantic Gangster”. The 10-track album was released Wednesday morning and features prominent Afro-fusion artists Mbeu and Andy Muridzo. Fellow dancehall chanter Poptain, urban grooves pioneer Pauline Gundidza aka Mai Sky, …

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