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HIFA 2014

Tats Nkonzo

Tats Nkonzo
Comics’ Choice Award: 2012 Breakthrough Act of the year
With his arsenal of humour, intellect and a guitar, Tats brings a special flavour to his stand up comedy. He has attracted massive media attention including CNN’s African Voices (with Nik Rabinowitz), the ‘Morale Index’ for eTV’s Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, morning and drive time radio with KAYA FM (Gauteng) and East Coast Radio (Kwazulu-Natal), host of SA’s Got Talent, host of MTN 18th Annual South African Music Awards, finalist in So You Think You’re Funny on SABC 1, in addition to his crazy schedule of consistently sold out live shows.
With a musical gift that complements his comic performance, Tats Nkonzo gives audiences far more than they expect. Don’t miss these performances by a multi-faceted entertainer that form part of the DANIDA comedy programme.

HIFA 2014

Stand Up Comedy Show With Q, Simba the Comic King and Andrew Manyika

What happens when you put two crazy comedians on stage with an off-the-wall MC? WTF? The hilarious comedy show will feature some of the leading lights of the comedy scene as well as a new-kid-on-the-block.
Q is a popular comedian on the Zimbabwean comedy scene and he has stepped onto every big comedy stage in Zimbabwe namely, Shoko Festival (2012), HIFA – 51% Comedy show (2013) and very recently was on the line up in Zimbabwe’s first international comedy festival, the Rainbow Towers Comedy Fest. Andrew Manyika is a Writer, Performance Poet, Comedian and MC from Johannesburg. He has taken to the stage, performing stand-up comedy at such renowned Johannesburg venues as Wish, the Comedy Underground, Kitchener's, The Box and in Harare at the popular Bang Bang Comedy Club. WTF will be hosted by the NAMA award winning comedian and founder of Simuka Comedy Club, Simba The Comic King.

HIFA 2014

Seventy Five Percent
Stand Up Comedy Show With Comrade Fatso, Michael Kudakwashe & Clive Chigubu

The sell-out success stand-up is back, re-packaged and filled with seventy five percent local content and twenty five percent real oranges. Daring to go where no one else dares to go – mainly because they are stupid – the cast of Seventy Five Percent attacks everything from social and political taboos to the more important things like potholes and beer. The show will feature three of Zimbabwe’s leading comedians including the irreverent Comrade Fatso, stand up comedy veteran, Michael Kudakwashe, and the indomitable Clive Chigubu.
Let the people laugh!

Combatting gender based violence

HIFA 2014


Singer, songwriter and guitarist, who is well known for his work in transposing the traditional Afro-creole folk rhythm Batuku to the electro-acoustic guitar, Manuel Lopes Andrade, aka Tcheka, has been a key figure at the cutting edge of Cape-Verdean music for a decade. 
After acquiring a reputation in Praia and the archipelago of Cape Verde as a whole at the start of the 2000s, he signed to the Lusafrica label in 2002. Four albums and multiple international tours later, Tcheka has consolidated his reputation as one of the greatest male artists in Cape-Verdean music, following in the footsteps of Teofilo Chantre and Bau, bards of a Portuguese-speaking Africa that expresses itself in song.  Vibrant with energy and radiant talent, Tcheka’s HIFA show presents this extraordinary artist in an intimate trio format. One performance only!

HIFA 2014


In 1977 (Earth years) a fearless space crew from planet Bayou 7 decided to jump in their space ship "The BootyJive" and bring the traditional hymns of Bayou 7 Earth.
These hymns - however - are strangely similar to the hottest Rhythm'n Blues and the meanest Funk of planet Earth...

Earthlings - prepare yourselves for a truly galactic experience!

HIFA 2014: Zimboita

#ReasonsToSwitchOn ZIMBOITA
Presented by Embassy of Italy

Formed by two drumming virtuosos, Blessing Chimanga from Zimbabwe and Massimo Covini from Italy, Zimboita embodies cross-cultural experimentation and the fusion of musical styles from two very different corners of the world. The band has grown into a close-knit group of four, two Italians and two Zimbabweans. Combining local and Western instruments (marimba, mbira, percussion, bass guitar and keyboard, Zimboita has a genuinely original sound that appeals to lovers of traditional local music and fans of European sounds alike.

HIFA 2014: Blended 328

#ReasonsToSwitchOn BLENDED 328  Presented by US Embassy Harare in association with Old Mutual

Crashing on the Nashville country music scene in December 2011, Blended 328 quickly became a local favorite, performing sold out shows at venues like The Hard Rock Cafe, MTSU, The Bluebird Cafe and 12th & Porter. They were chosen for "What's Hot for 2012" by Campus Activities Magazine and began touring the college circuit.
Described as "Country music for the World", the band has a global vision to initiate positive change in the world by breaking down racial barriers and promoting equality, respect, inclusion and peace through country music.
Kimberly Phillips / Vocals Fran Hart / Vocals Dallas Brown/Vocals Seth Rooks / Vocals / Bass  Thomas Spann / Drums and Percussion  Gabe Jordan / Guitar Adam Stewart / Fiddle  David Mescon / guitar, songwriter and arranger 

International Top Songs

Top Selling Singles
1. Happy - Pharrell Williams
2. All Of Me - John Legend
3. Dark Horse - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
4. Rather Be - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
5. Talk Dirty - Jason DeRulo feat. 2 Chainz
6. Let It Go - Idina Menzel
7. The Man - Aloe Blacc
8. Hey Brother - Avicii
9. Magic - Coldplay
10. Hideaway - Kiesza
11. Not A Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake
12. Timber - Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
13. Turn Down For What - DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon
14. Summer - Calvin Harris
15. Team - Lorde platina.
16. Best Day Of My Life - American Authors
17. Counting Stars - OneRepublic
18. Sing - Ed Sheeran
19. #Selfie - The Chainsmokers
20. Pompeii - Bastille platina

Know Your Music: Master P

Master P

Lil Romeo's famous, talented and wealthy father turns a year older today. Percy Robert Miller popularly known as Master P, is one of Hip hop's greatest contributors in terms of music and making hip hop not just a culture but a business. In 1998, Miller released his most successful album to date, "MP Da Last Don", which hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and  was certified 4x platinum. He was known for his deep toned aggressive enunciation & his story telling rhymes on poverty, social injustice, police brutality & hope, and also  his catchy melody hooks.In 2007, Miller released the self-help book "Guaranteed Success," a business book which addresses the issues of self and self-esteem, offering a method for overcoming fear and other obstacles and that prevent us from taking the right steps toward financial freedom. And with that said, let us take a look at what makes this man tick.
Name:Percy Robert Miller
Born  :29 April  1970 in New Orlea…

Know your Music: Jason Le Roux

Profile: Jason Le Roux

Name: Jason Le Roux
Born: 26 April
Occupation: Radio personality at ZiFM Stereo/Club DJ/Founder of the Hidden Culture

Groove honour: The only EDM DJ on radio in Zimbabwe

About Jason Le Roux is the radio personality/ club DJ who is pushing the electro dance music culture in Zimbabwe. He is the host of the three hour long radio show the Hidden Culture; which is the only EDM radio show in Zimbabwe and is exclusive to ZiFM Stereo.With a career that spans back to the mid 1990s, Jason began his deejay career in London and has played many international gigs. In 2012, Jason joined the dynamic team of Zimbabwe's first independent, urban radio station, ZiFM Stereo, which has rapidly gained a lot of listenership within and outside Zimbabwe. Jason has rubbed shoulders with the likes of LCNVL, Mark Stent, Alex Kenji, Ricardo da Costa, Yolanda Be Cool,  Zack Edward, Rob Macson amongst many others. He has also played at many local festivals including HIFA, the Victoria Falls C…

HIFA 2014: Maria João and Mário Laginha

Maria João and Mário Laginha 
Presented by Embassy of Portugal and Gulbenkian Foundation
Maria João - Vocals
Mario Laginha - Piano

A compelling musical project, 15 years in the making, this acclaimed duo have performed hundreds of concerts worldwide and recorded together many times. Influenced by jazz, Maria and Mario's art also embraces other musical influences including Portuguese popular music, Brazilian and African styles as well as classical music, among many others. Whether performing original music or standards, Maria and Mario effortlessly mix formal discipline, creativity, intuition, complicity and technical competence to create a distinctive and seductive sound.

HIFA 2014: Opening Night

Light Up The Darkness
The HIFA 2014 Opening Show on Telecel Main Stage

Presented by Banc ABC in association with OSISA and HIVOS

HIFA’s spectacular Opening Show draws inspiration from our theme this year, from the resilience of Zimbabwe’s artistic community, from our communal search for enlightenment, and from Doris Lessing’s story, ‘The Sun Between Their Feet’ which tells of the repeated determined attempts of two dung beetles to scale the heights of a rock with their precarious cargo…

Featuring musicians and dancers appearing in several HIFA 2014 shows including A Simple Space, Remix Culture, and Tumbuka’s two programmes, as well as performers from Barefoot Dance Zambia. The show is anchored by the incredible artistry of South African jazz pianist, Kyle Shepherd, who will be joined by Zimbabwean and South African jazz stars in a performance that ignites light in the darkness, contemplation in chaos and redemption in struggle.

“Kyle Shepherd is taking the Cape jazz sounds to new heig…

SAMA 2014 Winners

SAMA 2014

The annual South African Music Awards are one of not only South Africa, but Africa's most prestigious music awards which have drawn millions of viewers and music fans of South African music. Sponsored by Amstel Lager and held at Sun City Superbowl, the glitzy awards not only celebrated its 20th anniversary, but 20 years of South African freedom.
Duo group Mafikizolo snagged 7 awards for themselves (we must say this has been a very fruitful reunion).Mafikizolo also won Album of the Year (Reunited), Duo or Group of the Year, Best Pop Album and Best Collaboration for Happiness with May D.
DJ Kent's Spin My World Around, which features The Arrows won the "Highest Airplay of the Year" award. Zahara's win for Female Artist of the Year was bitter-sweet, as she recently lost her brother (who was murdered in the UK).On the upside, the Lifetime Achievement award went to Blacksmith Black Mambazo.
Performances,performances,performances! Ladysmith Black Mambazo received…

SAMA Awards 2014

SAMA 2014 Red Carpet The South African Music Awards celebrated their 20th anniversary and as always the stars went all out for this year's red carpet (formerly the MTN yellow carpet). Some showed off some skin like Boity Thulo and Bonang Matheba, whilst the couples made the best of what would seemingly be a great date night and the likes of rapper Zulu Boy and house producer Heavy K, kept it simple.

Who do you think rocked this year's SAMA red carpet? Comment on Facebook and Twitter  Image source: Gallo Images

May Schedule

HIFA & May Events

G Scene: This week

G Scene

This week, all roads lead to the Harare international Fesrival of the Arts. Here are some of the performances to look forward to.

Shoko festival applications

Be part of Shoko 2014
Shoko Festival is Zimbabwe’s fastest growing international festival. Shoko is a festival based on merging urban culture, free expression and positive social change. Shoko is about breaking down the barriers between media, culture and activism to create dialogue, progress and cutting edge new urban culture. Shoko which was incepted in 2011, fuses different art forms from  a concert series, a comedy night, DJ parties, an international poetry slam, new media and arts workshops, debates, live graffiti , The Hub Unconference, an art exhibition, and the creativity of Shoko.
Last year saw the likes of Tony Rebel (Jamaica), Mzungu Kichaa (Tanzania) ,Symbiz (Germany) and Khuli Chana (SA) among others, grace Zimbabwe. This year, Shoko goes bigger and they have introduced a panel of ambassadors from the entertainment arena including Jason Le Roux, Ammara Brown, Hope Masike, Tehn Diamond, BaShupi, Ray Dizz, Clive Chigubu, Djembe Monks, Sir Nige and Dadza D.
If you are artis…

HIFA: The final countdown

#ReasonsToSwitchOn HIFA Is Finally Here

What has made Zimbabwe a beautiful place other than its tourist destinations are its arts and cultural festivals and the one to top all of them is HIFA. The Harare International Festival of the Arts has been running since 1999 and is fast growing in being the go-to event bringing people from all walks of life,across the globe in Zimbabwe's capital for cultural exchange,engagement and entertainment.
HIFA is a 6-day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre,dance, music, circus, street performance, fashion, spoken word and visual arts. HIFA is now the largest cultural event in Zimbabwe and among the eight major festivals in Africa. HIFA has also managed to get corporate sponsorship from a growing number of local companies and has gained support from the diplomatic arena.
In today's press conference, HIFA showcased…

South African Music Awards 2014

SAMA 2014 The South African Music Awards are an annual awards show which serve to celebrate and award South African musicians and the music itself. With over 20 categories, the awards bring together the people of the "Rainbow nation" under one roof, on one channel (SABC 1) to dance and honour the achievements of South Africans. This year the SAMAs will take place on the 28th of April at the Sun City Superbowl and Bonang Matheba will yet again host the prestigious award.
Here are all the nominees: Best Pop Album:  Danny K - Good Look, GoodLuck - Creatures Of The Night,  LCNVL - Faster Longer Mixtape,  Mafikizolo – Reunited  Matthew Mole - The Home We Built
Best Pop Album: 4Werke - 4 Harte  Charlize Berg - Charlize Berg JAY - Dis Hoe Ons Rol  Karlien van Jaarsveld – Uitklophou Kurt Darren – Seerower
Best Adult Contemporary Album:  Connell Cruise - Connell Cruise  Farryl Purkiss – Home  Hinds Brothers - Ocean Of Milk  Michael Lowman - Crayon Boxes  Shaun Jacobs - Love Can

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Name : Channing Matthew Tatum  Born : April 26, 1980 Occupation: Actor, film producer, dancer, and model. 
Channing Tatum who recently won the 2014 MTV Movie award for "Trailblazer", has fast grown become one of Hollywood's leading men. To the ladies he is eye candy, and to the rest of Hollywood, he is an outstanding actor who has proved his worth.
He is best known for his roles in the films: 2005  Coach Carter  2006  She's the Man  2006  A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints  2006  Step Up 2009  G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra  2009  Fighting 2010  Dear John  2011  The Dilemma 2011  The Eagle 2012  The Vow  2012  21 Jump Street  2012  Magic Mike  2013  G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013  White House Down
Trivia Has modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch, Dolce & Gabbana and Aeropostale. In 2002, starred in commercials for both Mountain Dew ("Drive") and Pepsi ("Scratching"). (With a body like that we all understand why).
He has English, German, Nort…

Know your Music: Avant

Know Your MusicAvant
Name: Myron Avant  Born: April 26, 1978 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Occupation: R&B singer-songwriter
Avant's Top 10 songs 1.Separated  2.My First Love 3.Makin' Good Love  4.Don't Say No, Just Say Yes 5.Read Your Mind  6.Don't Take Your Love Away 7.Can't Wait  8.You Know What 9.     4 Minutes 10.   Lie About Us

G Scene: 25-27 April 2014

What's up for the weekend?