The last week of August each year is the most festive and longest period of social gathering, interaction, entertainment and celebration in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare [and also in other towns] outside of the annual Christmas holiday. Sadly this year marks the first time since independence that this period has experienced a no-show due to the Covid_19 global pandemic.
In a series of follow-up interviews with the organisers of the recently held Zimdancehall Summit and some of the stakeholders on the impact of the conference and some of the key issues raised and tackled […]
What are the Helmets? Is it the same with Zimdancehall or a new offshoot? Whats the connection to the original Jamaican Dancehall? Is there a hope for the movement? Earground & The Connect ZW digs deep.
“However, internet fame sometimes is misleading and overrated especially when making reference to Zimdancehall. The major fan base of Zimdancehall lies within the streets of the ghettos”, Writes Argus Mepo
The 2nd edition of the ZimDancehall Summit which took place on the 30th of July 2020 was a huge success. A cocktail of debate, ideas and sought to proffer solutions for the growth of Zimbabwe’s Reggae and Dancehall music industry. Here are some key points raised.
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.
The Fadza Mutengi Wedoro mantra is a reflection of what is currently taking place in the Zimbabwean arts sector. Artists have been taking turns to hero worship music promoters, producers and radio deejays inorder to receive musical favours. If left unchecked this rogue behavior in the arts sector will either build or kill a lot of talent.
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
hey are connected to other Warriors in other towns and cities and other Road Warriors (vanoisira vanhu music mumaPhone) who then export the music further afield. They have the goodwill of promoters, music producers, artists managers, and artists. They don’t only push the songs but videos, news, and help promote shows. They have their own value chain deep-rooted in piracy, affiliation and proximity to musicians which gives them powerful street cred.
1. Background _ the Zimdancehall Awards were started in 2013 by Phinias Mushayi. Nuff respect to the elder. He and his team put in a lot of work and effort to establish a more […]