BY DITIRO MASUKU
It’s a song about the misfortunes of death. And he poured his heart out while singing it in church.
“It was supposed to be punishment,” teenager Andrea Sibanda (13) tells us.
But one of the church members was so moved, he took a video of the young vocalist, and soon it became a hit on the internet.
So much that DJ Maphorisa as well as Aubrey Qwana reached out to the talented Zimbabwean-born teenager for a collaboration.
And soon he was packing his bags, heading for South Africa to launch his musical career.
“I was told by my manager that we would be coming to South Africa a week before we came, so every day I was preparing myself.
“And when my dad showed me the tickets, I knew we were indeed going to South Africa,” says Andrea.
His dreams are becoming a reality faster than he’d imagined possible.
It was a trip he would never forget.
“The morning we were leaving, we woke up together as a family and prayed.
“We had already packed some stuff, so I bathed, and my mom made sure I was looking good for the trip.
“To be honest I was nervous. It was my first time to be in an airplane! So, I did not know what to expect.
“We went to the airport four hours before our flight, to make sure I do not miss this one. I just want to thank Zimbabwean businessman Mr Tinashe Mutarisi, who made this trip possible.”
He says it was his first time coming to South Africa.
“My first time flying, first time in South Africa, first time in Sandton. The roads from the airport were so amazing.
“The airport itself was very big, one can get lost in there. It was beautiful, seeing a lot of cars, on many lanes.
“I come from a small tourist town of Victoria Falls, so all these things were new to me.
“I stayed in Sandton, had every type of food I can imagine, but enjoyed my chicken more. I love chicken,” he says.
“Our hotel was so big and secure, we had three TVs there. I could have any drink I wanted. I went for dinner in Sandton.
“I used the Gautrain to go to Pretoria. I was so amazed by the speed of the train. I went to Mamelodi and ate kota.
“We shot my music video there. I went to Botanical Gardens where we shot video on day two.”
It wall all exciting.
“I also went into the tallest building in South Africa, where Maphorisa stays. It was amazing.
“”Maphorisa also asked what I wanted to eat and bought me a lot of it. I went shopping in Sandton.
“I also visited Nelson Mandela Foundation and Madiba’s former house, in Houghton Estate. I loved everything.”
He did not expect for things to have escalated this far. “When my video went viral on Tik Tok and Aubrey started looking for me, I heard about it.
“Then my manager, Mr Joe came told us I will go far. He also made me talk to Aubrey on video and Maphorisa on my birthday.
“When I recorded Uhambo, I was excited also because that was my first time in a studio,” a grateful Andrea shares.
Uhambo is a traditional gospel song he sang at his church 12 Apostolic.
“We call it Ndodana,” he says. “I sang the song as punishment at church, and someone took a video and posted it online.
“The story is about death and that we all pass through the graveyard, and it is a very difficult road/path.
“We will be telling God that it is a hard path.”
He had so much fun while shooting the video, and cannot wait for it to come out.
“Wow, the music video was shot by Makhadzi’s music videos director, Toolz. He was so professional and friendly.
“He was patient with me which made it easy and enjoyable.
“I enjoyed every part of the process, except for the waterfalls scene where water falls on me, you will see when the video is out.”
He says if he is not singing, he is playing soccer with his friends. And dealing with newfound fame?
“When I am at home, I am just a child, I play soccer with others and everything I have always been doing.
“When I am at school am just a student, am not famous. I am in form 1 [grade 8]”
He is working on new music. “I have new music. Very exciting. I worked with DJ Maphorisa in the studio, and we recorded three songs.
“I also worked with Bothlale from Idols SA 2017; we recorded a very beautiful song called Amanxeba.
“I also worked on another song with Juizee and Dobby4040. I must say I have very beautiful music coming! I cannot wait to share it with my supporters.”- News24
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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