THE COVID-19 outbreak has shattered rising sungura artiste Blessing Gupo Marezva’s dream of securing music instruments promised by promoters. The Mwendamberi Express frontman said his promoters in the diaspora were affected by the pandemic and were consequently forced to shelve their plans. The 34-year-old artiste said the diasporans had pledged to buy him instruments by May. “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted negatively on me because my music promoters who are in the diaspora were willing to buy me instruments in May, but since most countries globally are in lockdown, that has impacted negatively on me,” Marezva lamented. “I had also lined up several shows around the country to market my music, but all that is now in vain.” Marezva recorded his first album, Zvehupenyu Ndez
THE Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) board on Sunday appointed non-Executive Director Ms. Helliate Rushwaya as acting Chief Executive Officer. A communications and media training specialist with over 20 years industry experience, Ms Rushwaya has worked with media organisations in Namibia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. She was appointed to the ZBC Board in July 2019 and chaired its content, programming and technical Committee. Reads a statement from the public broadcaster; "The Board of Directors of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation have resolved to second Non-Executive Director, Ms. Helliate Rushwaya, to the post of A/CEO on a rotational basis till a CEO is appointed in a substantive capacity. "This decision came about due to the fact that the incumbent had...
Buddie Beatz has been around for a long time now. 11 Months now if we’re being precise. Since it’s launch the monthly packages price was reduced but so was the data you get to stream music using the application. For a monthly package, you now part with $3 instead of the launch price of $5, and when I saw the price I knew this was as good a time as any to take the service for a spin. So I paid the ZW$3 for the monthly package and started my listening journey, and whilst there were many things to like there were some pretty disconcerting flaws as wells – as with any product/service to varying degrees. The Good One of the things I appreciated after accessing the full catalogue for Buddie Beatz was the fact that there are so many local songs from back in the day with artists like Afr
Seedstars is one of the biggest events for startups pitching their ideas to get funding and it’s been one of the most helpful events for local startups with Seedstars Harare having been hosted annually since 2016. Seedstars Summit which is taking place next month in Switzerland is the latest of many events to be affected by the Coronavirus, with the organiser announcing that the event will now be hosted online. The announcement sent to media houses intending to cover the event reads: As you might be aware, the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Europe has caused several international events around the world to be cancelled to maintain public safety. The Swiss authorities are also putting specific measures in place to avoid further contamination.
Fallen asbestos producing giant, Shabanie Mashava Mines Holdings (SMM Holdings), plans to dispose land and properties it owns to help pay off debts and recapitalise to resume operations. The company was mothballed nearly 15 years ago and placed under the management of an administrator, choked by massive debts mainly to the government. Restarting operations has remained a dream due to slow and complicated procedures, legal and otherwise, that have had to be followed. As part of the restructuring process under the Reconstruction of State Indebted Insolvent Companies, Government became a major shareholder in the firm following a debt to equity conversion, taking control from businessman Mutumwa Mawere. The firm’s administrator, Mr Arafas Gwaradzimba of AMG Global, said as part of the co
2019 was a pretty eventful year for Showmax. The company made some considerable leaps in the world of streaming with one of the highlights being the trial of sports content. With 2019 having just ended Showmax released a list of the most popular shows on the streaming service internationally and in South Africa. 10 most-streamed international series on Showmax HBO’s Euphoria HBO’s Game of Thrones HBO’s Chernobyl Younger HBO’s Big Little Lies Vikings Billions The Girlfriend Experience Siren The Handmaid’s Tale 10 most-streamed South African series on Showmax Trackers Real Housewives of Johannesburg Being Bonang The River The Queen Die Spreeus Die Byl The Girl from St Agnes The Bachelor SA Boer Soek ‘n
Alphabet the parent company of Google has an interesting unit called Loon. Loon has been working on providing mobile internet to remote areas for a while now – with trials in Kenya taking place earlier this year. Loon’s high-altitude solar-powered balloons might make their way to Uganda which has necessitated a key access airspace agreement which is important for the Loon project in Kenya. Ugandan overflight rights are integral to the Kenyan project because the balloons deployed in Kenya “may get above the Ugandan stratosphere as they provide service across Kenya” according to Scott Coriell Loon’s head of Global Communications. The balloons deployed from the US are designed to fly at around 20KM above sea level which should ensure there’s no interference
A few months ago, I wrote a post titled As Gaming Goes Digital, What Will Happen To Resellers At Avondale Flea Market? In that post, I mulled over what I believe to be the impending doom that belies local game sellers who sell hard copy versions of video games. One of the comments in the post read: Interesting view. But for African market i feel the discs will be here for a while. Firstly because one cannot appreciate full online gaming unless using unlimited wifi and the cost for that locally and regionally at large is still on the higher end and not accessible to plenty. Vertex This comment is particularly what I wanted to focus on in this discussion to better exemplify how much trouble the local game resellers are in and how much of better deal consumers can get by going online. When ...
The Jozi Film Festival began in 2012 as a strictly for South African participation festival. The festival began accepting film entries from around the world in 2014. Unlike most other festivals and cinemas, the Jozi Film Festival is mostly focused on independent films that would otherwise not get much light of day in cinemas. This year the festival runs from the 3rd to the 6th of October. One of the films that are in the running for an award was made by a 17 year old Zimbabwean young lady, Tapiwa Gambura. Her film is called ‘Redefining the road.’ Real story told by real person Tapiwa’s film is competing for the ‘Discover Real Time’ Award. It’s for real stories told by real people. This is what Tapiwa’s 3 minute film is and I loved it. She captured the unique story of a female bus co
For a long time copyright infringement has never been taken too seriously in our country. Maybe it’s because we have bigger fish to fry as people or whatever reason you may come up, but ultimately the people who I know don’t really care for that stuff. Unfortunately, companies are held to a different standard for some reason. Telecel learnt this the hard way after they discovered that they had used a poem by Prince Kanokanga without his permission. The telecoms company did apologize for the unauthorised use of the poem: Telecel Zimbabwe (PVT) LTD formally expresses its deepest, most sincere regret of having published this on this platform, an extract of a poem, through its agent, entitled Love Story without the authorized use of author Prince Kanokanga. On behalf,