Gqom artist Mandlenkosi ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo to be laid to rest on Friday
BY NONKULULEKO HLOPE
The family of Gqom artist Mandlenkosi Maphumulo, popularly known as Mampintsha, says he will be laid to rest on Friday.
The 40-year-old Maphumulo died from a stroke in a Durban hospital at the weekend.
The family of the late Mandlenkosi Maphumulo says they have accepted his death.
Maphumulo suffered a second stroke while he was in a Durban hospital.
Maphumulo’s father-in-law, Mbongeni Simelane, says the family was with Mampintsha until the very end.
“Thank you for the support. Continue supporting us as we are preparing to lay him to rest,”he said.
“The funeral will be on Friday. The venue is yet to be confirmed. The memorial service will be held on Thursday at Bishop Dube’s church eThekwini Community Church. All people are welcome to come and pay their last respects.”
Family Spokesperson, Zandile Maphumulo, also updated the media on Maphumulo’s wife, Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane.
“We are a Christ-grounded family and we pray for everything and Babes as well, “Zandile said.
” And Mampintsha, we are the family that supports one another. The Simelane family and the Maphumulo family are one family. So, they are doing well even though she is well because of our support as a family. Remember, anyone if you have lost a loved one the first day was not easy.”
Musicians also paid their tributes to the late Gqom star.
Gospel singer, Jumbu Nyangiwe Mzi Mkhwanazi, better known as Danger, is the final surviving member of the group, Big Nuz.
“I’m not good right now because Mampintsha was my brother from Yoeville to here in Durban. I’m not feeling well right now. I can’t even speak. I am not coping. I am not feeling well because I lost R-Mashesha, now it is Mampintsha. It is not good.
I’ll miss everything about him, dance, music and food, everything about him. We met several times with Mampintsha to perform. He was fun to be with. There is so much we are going to miss about his unique voice.”
Maphumulo’s memorial service is expected to be held in Durban on Thursday-SABCNews
Across Zimbabwe, British scones are the taste of home
HARARE – A sweet doughy treat from Britain has become a beloved part of Zimbabwe’s national cuisine, where despite the country’s colonial past, mothers and chefs alike now claim the pastry as their own.
The scone, which Brits normally enjoy with afternoon tea, is ubiquitous in Harare, the southern African country’s capital.
A breakfast favourite in these parts, it can be found everywhere from high-end eateries to the market stalls of impoverished townships.
“We love scones. They are not British, they are ours, our local scones,” Nyari Mashayamombe, a rights activist, says as she leaves an upmarket restaurant in Harare’s Belgravia district, its garden dotted with open umbrellas
Dense yet airy, Zimbabwean scones are the result of the intercultural mix that came with colonisation, says Mashayamombe, a red-haired 42-year-old who is also a singer and media personality.
In “fancy places like here… a beautiful scone goes as high as six bucks,” she said, referring to the American dollars that have become Zimbabwe’s parallel and preferred currency.
“It’s worth it.”
A few kilometres away at a market in Harare’s oldest township of Mbare, scones are impossible to find after midday.
“We sold them all this morning. They move quickly,” one vendor says.
The main communal bakery in Mbare, a bustling working-class district, opens at dawn.
Tawanda Mutyakureva, 26, arrives at around five in the morning to his work station, measuring two square metres, where he has to bend over to spread the dough on a knee-height countertop.
Every day he cranks out around 200 scones in an overheated room with cinder-block walls, lit by two bulbs hanging from a wire.
Brandishing a cookie cutter, he works quickly to whip out one batch after another, with each scone selling for 25 American cents.
In the hot, humid atmosphere redolent of yeast, his wife – with their baby strapped to her back – helps him with buttering the pastries and clearing plates.
Resellers come in to buy 10 or 20 pieces that will be sold at small grocery stores.
Memory Mutero, 46, was at the bakery to buy bread, since she makes her own scones at home.
“I make scones for my three kids. It takes about 45 minutes,” she tells AFP.
Her ingredients are simple: flour, salt, yeast, sugar, butter and milk.
But at the Bottom Drawer, an upscale tearoom in Harare, cook Veronica Makonese is unimpressed after tasting a scone brought back from the township.
“There is no milk in those, they used water!” the 46-year-old claims.
A white kerchief on her head, Makonese says she makes her own buttermilk for her scones, to control temperature and acidity levels, and uses only real butter to ensure the proper taste and softness.
Her boss, Sarah Macmillan, a 53-year-old Zimbabwean, says she longs for the scones she would eat as a child.
Back then, two shops in the centre of Harare, now closed, competed for the crown of best scone in the country, and Macmillan wanted her tearoom to make some that are “just as good”.
Macmillan says the secret of the little cake’s enduring success, in a country struggling with endemic poverty, is simple: “It’s very filling and affordable.” – AFP
South African rapper AKA gunned to death
BY CHRIZELDA KEKANA
Rapper AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes, has died.
TshisaLIVE confirmed that the 35-year-old rapper was shot dead outside a popular restaurant on Florida Rd in Durban.
Police confirmed that a 35-year-old male and another unidentified male had been shot dead on Friday.
Speaking to TimesLIVE, ALS paramedic Garrith Jamieson explained that just after 10.15pm this evening they responded to a shooting incident where two men sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
“On arrival, paramedics met total chaos and a scene where two men, believed to be in their late 30s, sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics assisted the men and unfortunately the first male had sustained multiple gun shot wounds and showed no signs of life and was declared deceased at the scene.”
He said a second male was found in critical condition and died despite advanced life support intervention due to extensive injuries.
It remains unclear what the motive for the shooting was. SAPS and Metro were on scene and closed the road to assist with the investigation.
AKA is among SA’s best rappers and has produced and written many hit songs including Fela In Versace, Baddest and others since he broke into the industry over a decade ago.
He shares a daughter, Kairo, with DJ Zinhle and was in a relationship with rapper Nadia Nakai. TimesLIVE
Victoria Falls poet Obert Dube off to Tanzania to perform at Sauti za Busara Festival
BY LWANDLE MTHUNZI
Victoria Falls based poet Obert Dube has left the country to Tanzania where he is set to perform at the Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar.
The event is set for this Friday until Sunday.
Dube said he was invited to officiate as a master of ceremony at the opening session where he will also perform some of his poems.
“I was invited to the Sauti za Busara Music Festival from 10 to 12 February in Zanzibar and as we speak I am at the airport in Harare,” he said.
Dube had approached different stakeholders including the Victora Falls City Council seeking to be assisted with travel expenses.
The local authority management and councillors agreed to help him with half the money he was requesting and to make the artist the city’s ambassador.
“I propose that he be given US$380, but he should be told that he is now our ambassador so he should lead by example,” said Deputy Mayor councillor Patricia Mwale.
The council said Dube should be asked if he is up to date in terms of payment of his water bills and rates before being given the money.
Councillors said as an ambassador, Dube should stop attacking the local authority and other residents.
“When you give him the money, remind him to mind his language about the council. He should improve on public relations,” saif councillor Thuso Moyo.
They were speaking at a recent full council meeting.
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