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Jesesi Mungoshi

Early Years  Born Jesesi Jaboon on the 7th of July 1954 in Bikita, the girl was well-known in places around Nyika area in Bikita for her dancing skills. It was fame that many of her peers happily avoided because of the negative moral tags attached to any girl who dared dance to music on a shop verandah at a village shopping centre (Growth Point). In the early 1960s Jesesi was a different girl. She was a confident and independent character. The artist in her was already pushing her beyond limits, giving her confidence that surprised her friends and family members. When she retells the story, Jesesi laughs at herself and wonders what could have been going on in that young...

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Charles Lovemore Muzuva Mungoshi

When the history of Zimbabwean literature and arts is written, it would be a travesty and undoubtedly it would leave an indelible lacuna, were Charles Mungoshi’s name be omitted when we speak of a literary giant whose influence transcended the literary scene in Zimbabwe, both in the pre and post-independence era. Born on the 2nd of December 1947 in the then Manyene Tribal Trust Lands in Chivhu, Charles Lovemore Muzuva Mungoshi was a prolific, multi-award-winning novelist, poet, short-story writer, play writer, film script writer, editor, translator and actor who was globally recognised and celebrated. Being contemporaries with other icons, like Stanley Nyamupfukudza, the late Chenjerai Hove and Dambudzo Marechera among others only testifies to how lofty the bar was for...

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Ambuya Stella Chiweshe (Queen of Mbira)

Stella Chiweshe (also known as Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, Stella Rambisai Chiweshe Nekati, or Stella Nekati Chiweshe, born 8th July 1946 in Mujumi Village, Mhondoro, Zimbabwe) is a Zimbabwean musician. She is internationally known for her singing and playing of the Mbira dzaVadzimu a traditional instrument of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. She is one of the few female players of the instrument, which she learned to play from 1966 to 1969 when even fewer females played the instrument. Chiweshe has performed numerous times in Germany and has also participated in the WOMAD festival (1994 in the United States, 1995 in Australia and 2006 in Spain In 2004 she toured England with her daughter. In 2021 Ambuya Stella sang at the unveiling of the statue of Spirit Medium Mbuya Nehanda. Chronology of...

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The legend that was Leonard ‘Musoro we Nyoka’ Dembo

  Leonard Tazvivinga Dembo (6 February 1959 – 9 April 1996) was a Zimbabwean musician whose band, the Barura Express, became popular during the 1990s. Early life and education Leonard Dembo was born Kwangwari Gwaindepi on the 6th of February 1959 in Chivi, Masvingo province of Zimbabwe. The early childhood of Leonard Dembo is not fully documented. However, from his relatives, Leonard Dembo is believed to have grown up without his father and brought up by his mother Sukai Pasipanodya, this experience he later on reflected in his song writing, particularly in such songs as Nhamo Moto and Nhamo Iya ndakura Nayo. He attended primary school initially in Buhera, and later in Bulawayo, and also in Chembira School, Harare. He...

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Wildlife hero from Zimbabwe

  Zimbabwe’s Amos Gwema won the 2020 Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award sponsored by the Nick Maughan Foundation for the sterling work he has carried out in Zimbabwe. Now in their 8th year Tusk Awards recognise the unstinting dedication that some individuals have made in their efforts to conserve wildlife and to show our appreciation for all their effort. This is not the first time that Amos’ hard work and skilful approach to his appointment as Principal Intelligence Officer of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) has been recognised in 2018 he was First Runner-up in a Special Award for Endangered Species Conservation from the Rhino Conservation Awards   Locally at Hwange National Park even before that Amos had been recognised for his dedication and organisation in...

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