Arts ,En­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try: 2018 in ret­ro­spect

The Manica Post - - Education/ Entertainment -

AS THE year 2018 cur­tained down last Mon­day, a lot of en­ter­tain­ment events worth re­call­ing oc­curred — from top model and lawyer Tafadzwa Jaricha's crown­ing mo­ment, dis­mal per­for­mances, flops, to Gin­imbi's fa­mous visit to the eastern bor­der city.

The Week­ender En­ter­tain­ment Cor­re­spon­dent Lib­erty Dube, takes us down the 2018 ma­jor en­ter­tain­ment mem­ory lane. Gifted lyri­cist Chipanga back from ex­cru­ci­at­ing sab­bat­i­cal Con­tro­ver­sial mu­si­cian Hosiah Chipanga re­turned from a self-im­posed sab­bat­i­cal from the mu­sic scene that saw his mu­sic be­ing side­lined by ra­dio sta­tions and pro­mot­ers who ac­cused him of load­ing his lyrics with se­vere po­lit­i­cal in­nu­en­dos. Thanks to the new po­lit­i­cal dis­pen­sa­tion, his mu­sic can now be played on sev­eral ra­dio sta­tions while sev­eral pro­mot­ers have ex­pressed in­ter­est to host the Kwachu-Kwachu hit-maker.

The award-win­ning and gifted word-smith whose lyri­cal in­ge­nu­ity is un­doubted, was pub­licly re­buked by for­mer Min­is­ter of State for Man­i­ca­land Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Mandi Chimene for be­ing a traitor fol­low­ing the re­lease of Gamba.

Lo­cal ac­tress wins top award

Lo­cal film­maker Amanda Ran­ganawa's dream fi­nally came true af­ter her film, ‘‘Kushata kwe­moyo'' won the Out­stand­ing Screen Pro­duc­tion at the 17th Na­tional Arts Merit Awards edi­tion. One of the ac­tors in the movie, Charles Muzemba, also came out tops in the Out­stand­ing Ac­tor cat­e­gory (film and tele­vi­sion).

Club Man­disa shines at DAZ na­tional awards MUTARE-based dance en­sem­ble Man­disa Queens store the light at this year's Dance­hall As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe com­pe­ti­tions when they lift the best dance group out­side Harare award.

For­mer model ac­quires Miss Tourism

Man­i­ca­land li­cence

Lo­cal modelling in­dus­try was re­ju­ve­nated af­ter for­mer top model Caro­line Marufu-Buwu was of­fi­cially awarded a li­cense to run the Miss Tourism Man­i­ca­land beauty pageant, which saw Man­i­ca­land shin­ing all the way to the na­tion­als.

Gin­imbi paints Mutare blue

Gin­imbi's fetish for cars was ex­hib­ited through a cav­al­cade of top-of-the-range ve­hi­cles such as a Range Rover SVR 2018 Lim­ited Edi­tion, 2017 Bent­ley Ben­tayga which cost about R4 mil­lion, and Mercedes Benz S-Class among oth­ers from Harare to Mutare. He also caused a stir in Mutare's Cen­tral Busi­ness District be­fore mak­ing a spe­cial ap­pear­ance at Miss Africa Uni­ver­sity beauty pageant held at Golden Pea­cock Villa Ho­tel. The con­voy caused may­hem from as far as from Rusape as the driv­ers swerved and horned much to the at­ten­tion of other mo­torists who had to park their cars to pave way for the “boss” and his en­tourage to pass through.

Di­a­mond FM hosts his­toric an­niver­sary Fam­i­lies and fun lovers in Mutare gath­ered in num­bers for a rare yet mem­o­rable treat as lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion Di­a­mond FM cel­e­brated its sec­ond year of ex­is­tence. The fun-filled an­niver­sary, which lit up Mutare's en­ter­tain­ment scene for the whole week­end, was over­sub­scribed. Although all artistes who per­formed at the an­niver­sary such as Lady Popa, Afonso, Faith, Ngoni Kam­barami and Caff put up ster­ling per­for­mances, it was gospel artiste, Se­bas­tian Ma­gacha who left peo­ple — of all ages — clam­our­ing for more de­spite per­form­ing last. Dhu­matasan­gana wins Chibuku dance com­pe­ti­tions MBENDE-Jerusarema dance spe­cial­ists Dhu­matasan­gana came out tops in the Chibuku Ne­shamwari tra­di­tional dance na­tional fi­nals af­ter out-danc­ing nine other groups at the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tions. They, how­ever, failed to make a mark at the na­tional fi­nals that took place at Mutare Show­grounds.

Arts group shines on global stage Mutare-based arts group Chen­haka Arts at­tended a her­itage fi­esta called Maz­ibuye Her­itage day expo fes­ti­val in Johannesburg in South Africa for the first time. The group, which is led by vet­eran artiste Tau­rai Moyo, joined other groups from 19 coun­tries. They were in­vited by a South African non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion To­gether As-One Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment.

Jaricha’s his­toric na­tional crown

Her in­fi­nite pret­ti­ness and in­tel­li­gence cap­tured the imag­i­na­tions of the ad­ju­di­ca­tors and on­look­ers and it in­deed be­came lovely tes­ti­mony of beauty with brains as top Mutare model and lawyer Tafadzwa Jaricha was crowned Miss Tourism Zim­babwe 2018 at the na­tional fi­nals held in Bu­l­awayo. An­other model from Mutare, Life Mathuzeni, who is also blessed with strik­ing beauty, was crowned sec­ond princess while Mashona­land East's Natalie Man­godo was the first princess. The pageant ran un­der the theme: ‘‘Un­veil­ing the Beauty of Zim­babwe''.

Jaricha walked away with $10 000 and a Mercedes-Benz C Class, while Man­godo and Matun­zeni re­ceived $7 000 and $5 000 re­spec­tively.

Mutare mourns vet­eran pro­moter Mukoma Kenny Mutare's en­ter­tain­ment fra­ter­nity was plunged into mourn­ing fol­low­ing the death of Mutare's vet­eran show pro­moter and Man­genje Night Club owner Kenny Man­genje. Man­genje, who was fondly known as Mukoma Kenny, was a dar­ling to many.

Scores of peo­ple from all walks of life gath­ered at St Joseph's ceme­tery in Sakubva to pay their last re­spects to a man whose hu­mil­ity, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to the growth of en­ter­tain­ment since early 90s in the eastern bor­der city was ex­cep­tional. Ray of hope for artistes as en­ter­tain­ment

cen­tre Gen­er­a­tions opens

Up­com­ing and es­tab­lished lo­cal artistes have some­thing to smile about es­pe­cially dur­ing and af­ter the im­pend­ing fes­tive sea­son fol­low­ing the open­ing of new up­town leisure cen­tre, Gen­er­a­tions Club sit­u­ated in Mutare's Cen­tral Busi­ness District.

The club opened shop this week fol­low­ing the clo­sure of busi­ness by their pre­de­ces­sors G3 Big Fun who used to run the joint un­der the name Soul City.

Mutare has been one of the cities with vast tal­ented yet less ex­posed artistes be­cause of lack of pro­mo­tions and few en­ter­tain­ment places to show­case their artis­tic in­ge­nu­ity.

The club opens ev­ery­day and caters for all ages from 18 years. En­ter­tain­ment sta­ble Bru­tal Cut, which com­prises Zim dance­hall, sun­gura, old and new school dee­jays who in­clude Hol­lies, Zin­tronix, Full­stop, Miles and Walle are han­dling the en­ter­tain­ment af­fairs at this up­town joint. Dj Kar­tel is the club's guest dee­jay whose finnese in sun­gura mu­sic - both old and new — is next to none.

◆ The Week­ender En­ter­tain­ment wishes its read­ers, fun lovers and plea­sure seek­ers an ex­hil­a­rat­ing and bliss­ful 2019.

Gin­imbi

Mukoma Kenny

Top Mutare model and lawyer Tafadzwa Jaricha was crowned Miss Tourism Zim­babwe 2018

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