Two years ago, we published the article 10 Urban Songs For Your Mother’s Day Playlist. Of course, ten songs barely begin to scratch the surface. In fact, I am confident that I could put out a list of ten different songs annually for the next five or so years before I’m stranded—and that’s only accounting for songs that already exist, not the dozens more that will be sung between now and then. Continue reading 10 Songs for Mama: Your Mother’s Day Playlist
As the world flatters to open up again, and it looks like Zimbabweans may yet have the semblance of a summer, we decided to roll back the years and remind you of urban songs created with the summer (and summer-esque shenanigans) in mind: some that went under the radar when they come out and others that have fallen off the public’s consciousness as the years have passed. Continue reading 10 Yesteryear Summer Anthems You May Have Forgotten About #earGROUND
It is, after all, this particular reality that makes us anticipate new projects without hearing any of them: we have a safe bet of what’s coming: Winky D will mix social commentary with a heavily metaphoric song about wooing a girl, King Shaddy has some crazy Danmore story to tell, JP will feature a young African superstar or two while the lead single will feature a rural or ghetto Zim story. Standard. Continue reading 7 Zimbabwean Artists with distinct Signature tropes in their Music
Nobody knows for certain what this will all mean in the annals of history, but there is something happening. Here are fifteen urban songs to get your #ZimbabweanLivesMatter playlist started. Continue reading 15 Songs to get Your #ZimbabweanLivesMatter Playlist Started
This year’s mother’s day, like most things in this season, is a little different. More than before, many are unable to see Mhamha and, in the especially heart-rendering cases, may not even have the opportunity to go adorn the rock under which she rests eternal. Continue reading 10 Urban Songs For Your Mother’s Day Playlist #earGROUND
Let it go on record that no other cultural movement has been both definitive and reflective of 21st century urban Zimbabwean life than mangoma. Since earnest inception in the mid 2000s, it has been defiant, irreverent, passionate, and philosophical.Indeed, I would argue that even the unsavory elements within the genre that rouse the scorn of many a lay pundit are worth their place within our societal discourse, as they often hold up an ugly mirror on society. Here are ten poignant life lessons and affirmations the genre has offered up in its short existence. Continue reading 10 Important Life Lessons from ZimDancehall
In the first of this two-part series, I will discuss why Urban Grooves died (or didn’t die!), before I return next week to explain why ZimDancehall is unlikely to go down the same route. _ Shingi Mavima Continue reading ZimDancehall will not go down the Urban Grooves route _ Part 1 #Earground
Zimbabweans have an intractable relationship with Gospel music. While in most other countries the genre occupies the periphery of the industry, it is undoubtedly mainstream in Zim. The biggest gospel artists are often among the biggest entertainers in the country altogether. You would also be hard-pressed to find too many of the industry’s non-Gospel legends without a single (at least debatably) gospel song in their catalogue. Continue reading Five 2019 Sunday Morning Jams that were missing from the Permican Awards!