BY TICHAONA MATARUSE
While Hwange is known for mining activities, with many young people believing it is the most popular career that they can venture into, the story is different for artist Rachel Njomboro popularily known as Rashyn who recently launched three gospel songs and a music live session aims at empowering youths such that they discover their talents and desist from drugs and substance abuse.
Tichaona Mataruse (TM) had a chance to interact with Rachel Njomboro (RN) sharing her experiences as the artist, her aspiration and challenges in the industry among other issue and this is what she had to say:
TM: Please tell us briefly about yourself.
RN: I’m Rachel Nyasha Njomboro aka Rashyn, that is my stage name. I’m a vocalist, rapper, instrument player and a songwriter.
TM: How can you describe your type of art?
RN: I do mixed types of art. I always don’t want to limit myself to one genre but always want to try a lot of new stuff. I don’t limit my mind and my creativity but I always think outside the box to make fun.
TM: When would you say marked the beginning of your arts career?
RN: In the year 2002, when I was in grade 2; that’s when I realized that I wanted to do music. Mostly at school my favorite time was music time and I would win talent shows that my teacher used to do. Then around 2019 that was when I thought I should put my whole mind into music.
TM: Can you tell us about your recent achievements?
RN: I recently won the season 10 of Starbite 2022, scooping second place representing Hwange in Matabeleland North Province. I also became the first female to represent Hwange/ Matabeleland ’North Province in the finals. I also have single tracks that I released in 2021 namely Awesome God, Shonga and No one like him.
TM: What challenges do you face as an upcoming artist?
RN: I have been negatively judged and descriminated. I may be a woman, but I can do much better than some men who are also in the same industry like me. I have also been sidelined when there are gigs and functions and sometimes I don’t get to be given the spotlight to showcase my talent.
I’m also financially crippled as l don’t have any sponsors so far.
TM: What targets have you set yourself as an artist?
RN: I have a song coming out soon which is a love song. I want to be a producer, open a small school where I can nurture talent and teach children music from a tender age.
TM: Where can people find your work?
RN: They can go to my TikTok account rashynjombs/rashyn, on Facebook Rachel Nyashawashe Njobs and my pace Rashyn music. On YouTube, they subscribe to Rashyn.
TM: Who is your inspiration?
RN: My inspiration is a woman who believed in me and supported me when most seem to have negative perceptions of my work. She kept on pushing me and told me to remain focused and have a positive mentality by proving them wrong that I am better than what they think and that’s my mum.
TM: Besides art, what else do you do to earn a living?
RN: I’m a businesswoman, I sell clothes, do baking and cater for functions and events. I also sell baked goods to keep my life moving and balanced.
Gilmore Tee makes it to the Forty under 40 Africa list
BY OWN CORRESPONDENT
Global Citizen, Curator, Forbes 30 Alumni and Media Practitioner – Gilmore Tee made the Forty under 40 Africa List for 2023, alongside some outstanding personalities such as BBc’s Nyasha Michelle, South Africa’s Yershen Pillay, Vumile Msweli and Algeria’s Toumiat Lakhdar.
Gilmore is known for his works with Paper Bag Africa which houses the PAN African lifestyle and cross-networking event – The PiChani, European Film Festival Zimbabwe, I Wear My Culture and eMoyeni Digital Storytelling.
The 33-year-old is known for his work in the creative industry and brands such as Jameson, Fastjet, Food Lovers Market, GQ South Africa and Glamour Magazine.
Earlier this year the organisers of the Forty under 40 Africa initiative, Xodus Communications Limited, shortlisted 126 nominees from 24 African countries. The initiative is aimed at recognizing and celebrating emerging leaders under the age of 40 who demonstrate or impact personally and/ or professionally through their exceptional leadership.
The personalities nominated this year cut across countries such as; South Africa, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Sudan, Morocco, Benin, Mauritius, Algeria, Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Algeria, Botswana, Tunisia, Eswatini, Lesotho and Gambia.
At the event which was held on the March 25 at the Leonardo Hotel in Sandton City, South Africa, Gilmore was announced as a winner and part of the 40 lists, alongside other 39 outstanding practitioners from across the African continent.
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
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