Shoko Festival Announces 2014 Theme & Headline ActsShoko Festival is set to inspire the capital city from the 25th-28th of September 2014 under the theme ‘Re-Inspire Re-Imagine’ at Alex Sports Club. This year’s edition will feature international headline acts such as Nneka (Germany), Loyiso Gola (South Africa), Buddy Wakefield (USA), and Chester Missing (South Africa). Zimbabwe will be represented by sensational headline acts such as Netsayi, Tehn Diamond, Ammara Brown, Jason Leroux, Rax & Raydizz and Ba Shupi. This year the Festival asks the public to rethink creatively, to look at the way we see ourselves, the country and the future, to breathe life into our world, to Re-Inspire, to Re-Imagine. Expect a transformed arena including funky installations that will range from wild to wilder, an up-cycling contest between local designers and engineers, a fun day for the young and families: new elements added to a tested formula. Alex Sports Club in Milton Park along Blakiston Street just on the edge of the central business district is the setting for this year’s festival providing festival-goers a reason to rush from their busy schedules and revel in the range of art activities and festivities. The venue will be transformed into a vibrant festive hub. On last day of the festival, the concerts move to the Peace in the Hood Concert in Chitungwiza. Shoko Festival is Zimbabwe’s fastest growing international arts festival produced by Magamba Network. The festival is set to run from the 25th – 28th September 2014 and will feature the very best in urban culture, music, comedy, poetry, DJ parties, talks, new media discussions workshops and awards with local, regional and international acts. This year’s edition is supported by Shoko’s Main Festival partner, the Embassy of Sweden, as well as Premium partners, the Culture Fund & Hivos in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
Sanii Speaks Out On Big Brother Africa Rumours
Big Brother fever is back, and as auditions gain momentum, aspiring housemates are launching major campaigns on social media a bid to make the shortlist for the couple that will be Zimbabwe's representative at 'Africa's biggest reality show.' Rumours have been doing the rounds lately about possible celebrity entrants hoping to make the cut, and strategic team-ups targeted at increasing chances of individuals or couples powering through to the final pick.
Sanii Makhalima, whose name has been dropped along with Cynthia Mare, Ba Shupi, Roki, Ammara Brown and Lady Squanda in both print and digital media as applicants seeking to represent Zimbabwe, is one of the artists who has adamantly refused showing any interest in competing for a place in the House. "It would have been a great opportunity at an earlier stage in my life; right now, I've got too many real things going on in my life to go and gamble by chasing a dream. So as much as I might have done it sometime earlier in my life, right now I definitely will not be attending Big Brother or attending any Big Brother shows as a contestant... if Multichoice were to choose me, I would thank them but definitely turn it down.
Newlywed Ba Shupi has no such reservations, however - a quick look at his social media profiles shows he's going strong and would be happy with a place in the house and a chance at bringing home the money.
Oliver Mtukudzi to Receive 3rd Honorary Doctorate
The International Institute of Philanthropy (IIP) will today, July 4, 2014, confer an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Human Letters (DHL) to Zimbabwe's most internationally renowned musical ambassador, Oliver Mtukudzi. This will be Mtukudzi's third honorary degree, following the Honorary Arts degree that the University of Zimbabwe conferred on him in 2003 in recognition of decades of dedication to his craft, creating music and inspiring a generation of new Zimbabwean artists to use local influences in their work. In 2009, he was awarded an M.Sc. Fine Arts Degree by the Women's University in Africa, citing him as 'arguably the most powerful creative force to emerge from Zimbabwe in the last three decades.'
Tuku has been at the forefront of peace and development performing at events like the UN at Fifty campaign; he has also worked in campaigns to fight malaria and combatting diabetes.