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That Will Suffice by AneUnhu – The Meeting Point of Creative Energies in Zimbabwean Arts 

Made by Kuda (MADE IN ZWE), a gift to Plot Mhako and the earGROUND vision.

That Will Suffice by AneUnhu – The Meeting Point of Creative Energies in Zimbabwean Arts 

Nevertheless, the task had to be embarked upon. I would rue the day I will ever fail to spread the gospel of contemporary arts and urban culture. Life, talent and ambitions. And all that is tacenda – things better left unsaid. Let me start with the day I realized the mechanical demands of the media and its permutations within the showbiz.  

By Takudzwa Kadzura

Friday, the 10th of February 2023. We cowered at Ela The Garden where A Piece of ebony was staging a return with Chengeto on a song listening party and video shoot of Tryna with Thomas Brickhill. 

AneUnhu joined the chat as we made up a pocket size audience with fellow ‘creatives’. Being the media guy in the place it was my duty to accommodate him as he introduced his rap with a freestyle. In return, I’d play Comrade Fatso and Chiwoniso’s song House of Hunger. One of my favorite Zimbabwean songs of all time. That particular song resonates with the style and storytelling genius of Ane.

It did not take much of a pleasantry to know that AneUnhu hails from the muddy terrain of St Faith Mission back in Rusape where it so happens, I was raised. That is not the reason he would get so much PR from me as a music junkie. As up to this point no publication of mine had given the artist any attention. I would constantly ask for his music, a full body of work. He promised it would suffice and that was it.

One of the things I have always wanted to achieve in the music industry is to become a journalist. Artists feel at home and candidly get to express themselves. Being a comrade in the struggle more than running a semi-baked narrative for quick reactions. 

From Ela The Garden to this day, I have bumped into Ane quite a number of times. Including, and more regularly at Dennis’ where if not careful, the apartment is soon getting overwhelmed with the number of creatives who depend on it. In a country where hubs and academies are bottom of priorities the result has not been a bad one. In fact we have cherished a hub of creative energy which permeates in the overall atmosphere of the industry. A makeshift alternative. Kudos, the Moto Republik and CBD Market for the incredulous work they have done to provide such vital points.

AneUnhu, well aware of the writer’s dream to be in a studio and document ‘things’ as they happen set me up for one at the Garage in Ruwa. One could vouch that it was written on the walls. It was coming. I was not surprised to be in a garage that was also the studio simultaneously. On its walls were stickers and hearty declarations. Almost as if a sanctuary where this artist is losing sleep. 

On the same day I had received the sad news that my aunt had succumbed to dialysis. I had to leave at the earliest time in the morning. All this meant I did not have the time, yet the questions to ask AneUnhu. However, upon departure, I had printed sheets of his discography and a press release for his upcoming project That Will Suffice.”

The story of Ane gets to an interesting point which is the whole point of writing this. He is indeed an interdisciplinary artist whose career boasts of accolades in the film and theatre industry. He is also a hip hop artist. We would take that as his selling point despite the fact that his vast empire of stardom lies in weaving wholesome stories through theatre. Hip hop is a broad phenomenon, by and large. It is still home for storytellers like him.

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I am still intrigued by the amount of energy invested in AneUnhu’s preparation towards Friday, May 24, 2024. The project titled That Will Suffice could poetically justify why it was taking so long for one to finally watch an artist whose outward impression beams with sophistication. His journey as a creative entrepreneur is one that is coming with as many lessons for thousands only when it is properly documented. I would quote Mono Mukundu’s famous clamor for documenting our stories as africans. He knows there are definitely challenges limiting us from doing so. Some of them are beyond the will as many artists still revel in the ignorance of bloated egos. 

In a wrap, my verdict will come today as AneUnhu finally unveils his rap and other aforementioned facilities of practice. What will suffice today will be a first time manifestation of my full-time experience of witnessing a project come to life. From the day it was promised to when it is finally sold to the people who will gather in the Dodger Dome at Moto Republik today at 5.30pm.  

Cover Photograph by Kuda Chakwanda

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Made by Kuda (MADE IN ZWE)
A gift to Plot Mhako and the earGROUND vision.
Truly, for the culture.

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