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Watch: Game of Thrones Season 7: Official Trailer (HBO)

2017 SAMA Complete Winners List

In a night which saw Babes Wodumo walk away dololo from her five nominations, there were multiple wins for Amanda Black as well. Babes had a bit of a rant on social media.

Complete list of winners:

Best Newcomer of the Year – Amanda Black – Amazulu
Best Duo-Group of the Year – Black Motion – Ya Badimo
Best Female Artist of the Year – Amanda Black – Amazulu
Best Male Artist of the Year – Kwesta – Dakar II
Best Album of the Year – Kwesta – Dakar II
Record of the Year – Nasty C – Hell Naw
Best Maskandi Album – Khuzani – Inyoni yomthakathi
Classical Instrumental Album – Charl du Pleassis Trio – Baroqueswing Vol.II
Best Afro Pop Album – Vusi Nova – Vusi Nova
African Indigenous Gospel Album – Living In Christ Legends – Living In Christ Legends
Best Rock Album – Albert Frost – The Wakeup
Best Pop Album – GoodLuck – The Nature Within
Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album – Joshua na die Reen – Die Wereld Binne My
Best Rap Album – Kwesta – Dakar II
Best Kwaito Album – Dr Malinga – Goodwill
Best Dan…

Watch: Varaidzo 'Baby Yo' Music Video

The Digital and Financial Expo 2017

While digital financial services are now available in many markets, active usage still needs dedicated nurturing. Bridging the gap between registration for service and active usage will require providers to design products and services that are not simply ‘great ideas,’ but that truly meet the needs of end users.

For digital financial services to deliver far reaching financial inclusion, they should evolve to have Mobile insurance, credit and savings in addition to payments and remittances.

#DiFiExpo - DIGITAL AND FINANCIAL EXPO Featuring Digital Impact Awards Africa #DIAA2017 will celebrate brands and products that have effectively made impact on deepening financial inclusion. #DIAA2017 has 11 dedicated financial inclusion related categories for which you are called on to enter your product/service for nomination. These are:

Best Mobile Financial Service in AfricaBest Digital Financial Service Platform in AfricaBest Financial Inclusion ProductBest Promoter of Financial LiteracyBest O…

Call for Nomination Submissions for The African Women Awards 2017

The African Women Awards is pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the third edition is currently open until 22 July 2017. We would like everyone across the world to nominate an African woman who has shown that she is phenomenal, ambitious, a game changer and a trend setter.

AWA aims to empower women to maximise their opportunities for self-actualisation through innovation and creativity. This platform endeavours to create a fresh brand of African women role models and share what is possible in Africa.

The African Women Awards which was founded by Carol Nyazika and Lisa Chiriseri, will be hosting the third edition of the prestigious award ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 4th of November 2017. The venue will be confirmed in due course.

‘The African Women Awards will be held in South Africa this year and next year. We aim to host the awards in a different country every two years to ensure that we celebrate each country on the continent and share the beauty w…

VIDEO Premiere: Tiwa Savage – All Over

One of the hottest songs in Nigeria and across Africa right now – All Over by Tiwa Savage – now has a video!

The BabyFresh-produced single “caught fire” almost immediately after its April release, and has been buzzing ever since, climbing up the iTunes Nigeria charts and sitting pretty in the Top 3 of the PlayData Nigeria charts.

The colorful visuals perfectly brings to life a song that already has the highest singalongability level for any jam released this year so far. Kudos to all involved.

Director: Patrick Elis.

Location: Miami, Florida.

New Music: Mussa Effect ft Cal Vin, Maqk & Dice 'Turn Me Up'

Mussa Effect just wants to be himself and do what he loves on his new track 'Turn Me Up'.

The trap record was produced by Maqk and features Dat Luveve boy Cal_vin and queen of the rap queens Dice who lay their rap verses on this relatable track.
Nobody likes a turn down so check out 'Turn Me Up' here.

Watch: Military Touch Movement 'Chekeche' Music Video

After the anticipation and the teasing, it's finally here!

The most anticipated music video of the year. Military Touch Movement (MTM) have blessed fans with the visuals for their hit single 'Chekeche'.
Starring Jah Prayzah , Nutty O, Ex Q, Tahle Wedzinza, Andy Muridzo, DJ Tamuka and Chiweddar.
The video was directed by sought after director Blaqs and also features cameos by Pokello, Ammara Brown and blogger Ameera a.k.a Mimi.
What we love about the music video are the cars as they make a grand entry. The MTM squad is dressed to the tee. The quality of the video is really good showing how Vusa Blaqs is upping his game.
The storyline of the music video though is haphazard and maybe the pool scene should have been removed. There isn't much dancing in the music video hence doing injustice to this huge Afro Pop single.
Andy Muridzo is quite impressive with his b-boy (erm, just a move), dance moves whilst Jah Prayzah pulls off his dance move from the 'Sendekera' …

Billboard Music Awards 2017 Winners

Lad Vegas was lit Sunday night as entertainers gathered to watch the chart toppers and hit makers carry home awards at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

Hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens, the live telecast from the T-Mobile Arena, saw several performances from singers including John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Cher and more.

Drake was the biggest winner of the night and broke the Billboard records. He surpassed Adele's record at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards after picking up 13 awards. Adele set a record at the show in 2012 with 12 wins. The rapper, who walked into the show Sunday with 22 nominations, won top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 album.
The most memorable moments of the awards show included Nicki Minaj's performance, Vanessa Hudgens wardrobe change and of course Drake's big wins. Celine Dion had all of us teary eyed as she sang 'My Heart Will Go On' and 71 year old Cher proves why she is still relevant and of course, an icon.
Check out the full …

Watch: Korede Bello 'Butterfly' Music Video

Supreme Mavin Dynasty presents the spanking new video for Korede Bello’s “Butterfly”.

“Butterfly” is taken off Korede Bello’s debut album – “Belloved”. In the love-themed visuals Korede Bello can be seen serenading his love interest with his guitar-strumming skills and his voice.


Call For Submissions For AFRIMA 2017


The AFRIMA awards is celebrating excellence in musical artistry in Africa and the Diaspora, featuring 33 categories across the five regions of Africa and music genre, with a reward of 23.9 carat gold AFRIMA plated trophy.
The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) opened its submissions from May 8 and closes on Monday, July 17, 2017.
Artistes, managers, producers, record label owners, video directors, publicists and entertainment/music journalist to submit their works or those of their artistes within the stipulated timeline in order to stand a chance at the awards.
This call for submissions is open to all whether recognized or not.
Works to be submitted must be produced in the year under review i.e. August 1, 2016 to July 17, 2017.

New Music: Mr Rebel 'Sleep'

There are three sides to every story and heartbreak has its own side.
Mr Rebel lowers the tempo on the ballad 'Sleep' where he sings about losing love.A two part story, Mr Rebel then raps towards the end of 'Sleep' to tell another side of the story. 
Check out sleep in the link in the description.

Watch: Tehn ft Thaiwanda Thai 'No Stress' Music Video

This year 'No Stress' according to Tehn (drop the Diamond).

The highly anticipated music video for the hit 'No Stress' is out.
Shot in South Africa, Tehn and Thaiwanda Thai show what relaxation should look like in their latest music video. From the golf course to the club, it's all fun and games as the artists proclaim a life free from 'stress'.
The video was exclusively premiered on Trace Africa over the weekend.
Check out the video below:

Telecel announces $200m deal - moves to close coverage gap and introduce LTE 180517

The Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira has announced that Telecel will be unveiling LTE and expanding the mobile company’s network coverage through a government brokered  $200m finance deal.

Speaking at a briefing cocktail held in Harare, Hon Mandiwanzira told guests that the government, 60% majority shareholder, was working closely with Telecel to put finishing touches to the $200 million finance package which will help the network upgrade its infrastructure and introduce new technologies like LTE.

“At this stage, negotiations and discussions are ongoing with financiers for an investment of over USD 200 million to kick-start the Telecel project.  More details of this funding will be communicated in due course.  This funding will go a long way in ensuring that the Company rolls out new technologies to meet subscriber needs,” said the Minister Mandiwanzira.

The minister also revealed at the same briefing that Telecel was already upgrading the ne…

Umind?! and Pamberi Trust Host Second Edition Of Page Poerty Alive Sessions

Umind?! and Pamberi Trust will be hosting the second edition of the Page Poerty Alive  Sessions.
After a successful debut in March with female poets to commemorate Women's Month, Page Poetry Alive is handing over the proceedings to the gentlemen this time around.
The event will be hosted at The National Gallery of Zimbabwe Library Annex on Friday 19 May 2017.
Taking hosting duties once again is Aurra Kawanzaruwa a.k.A Sutra Nicole (Aura the Poet). The guest poets include Acurious Poet, Afropoetiqmind, Hey Hey Preacher and the iconic, Chirikure Chirikure.
The Page poets continue to develop artists in this discipline as well as rekindle our passion as a Nation for reading.

This month's debut will feature a line up of seasoned and passionate Poets.

There will also be an Open Mic session for fresh poetry talent prior to the amazing acts.

This event is absolutely free and is a chance for an intimate experience of pages and words.

Bhachura Remix Reaches 1 Million Views

Zimbabweans keep breaking records online and this time around Ex Q is in the winning team. His music video for his smash hit 'Bhachura Remix' featuring Ammara Brown reached 1 million views on Vevo.

Off his 'Putiti' album, Bhachura Remix is an Afro pop single produced by award winning producer, Oskid. The original version actually features vocals by the talented producer however the visuals received a female touch.
On the remix 'Wachu Want' hitmaker, Ammara Brown sings and plays the role of the female protagonist on the single.
The video was released in October 2016 and remains one of the most popularly watched music videos. The video also shew spotlight on video director Vusa Blaqs, or just Blaqs who has now become the go to guy.
'Bhachura remix' is on record, now the fourth Zimbabwean music video of an original composition by a Zimbabwean to receive 1 Million Views on an online video streaming site.
In the lead there's Jah Prayzah and Diamond Pla…

2017 BET Awards Nominations

The nominees for the 2017 BET Awards have been announced.

Leading the pack is Beyoncé with seven awards followed by Bruno Mars with 5. Her video for 'Sorry' is up for Video of the Year. She's in competition with her sister Solange (Cranes In the Sky); as well as Mars' playful 24K Magic; Migos' No. 1 hit Bad and Boujee; and Big Sean's anthemic Bounce Back.

With four nominations are Solange and Migos. The 'Best Female Hip-Hop Artist' finds newcomer Cardi B and Remy Ma as nominees.
The show will take place on 25 June at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

The complete list of nominees for the 2017 BET Awards are:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé Kehlani Mary J. Blige Rihanna Solange
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bruno Mars Chris Brown The Weeknd Trey Songz Usher
Best Group
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne A Tribe Called Quest Fat Joe & Remy Ma Migos Rae Sremmurd
Best Collaboration
Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar - Freedom Chance The Rapper Ft. 2 Chainz & …

Watch: Takura Mungandidii? Music Video

'Mungandidii? Mungandidii? Hapana zvamungaita...'

Takura finally released the visuals for his third hit single off his 2016 'Stripped EP'. The video was directed by current music video go-to guy, Blaqs.
The video we must warn is not for photosensitive individuals or those who suffer from epilepsy due to the amount of flashing. Otherwise the video returns to the streets and was shot in Mbare.
The video opens with Takura making a public announcement whilst singing to the hook of the song. He jumps off the top of the car and begins walking down the streets.
The video has a number of cameos including comedians Boss Kedha, Bhutisi, Comic Pastor, DJ Tamuka, Tkae Chidz, DJ Oxygen, DJ Croks and DJ Towers.
'Mungandidii?' was shot around the CBD and some shots from the video were taken at Stoddart in Mbare.
The video is bombarding by Takura Life branding from the truck that he's riding and dancing on top of a truck.
We are not sure yet how to feel about the video howev…

Munch The Easy Accessibility to Your Favourite Food

We live in an era where simple, easy and fast are what makes the world go round.

From fast and reliable internet, to ubers and even simply your TV remote control, whatever can have our needs met we are all looking for what makes such accessibility within our means. Well if you have been tired of waiting in long queues just to make an order,or perhaps restaurant services are a bit slow, then there is some exciting news for you.
Imagine a million and one dishes  at your fingertips. A new, young and innovative company Munch Zimbabwe brings to you your favourite food to your doorstep. Presenting to you the Munch mobile application that allows users to order food from their favourite restaurants for either pick up or delivery.
Munch guarantees clients an application that not only gets you what you want but a service delivery that gives you your meals when you need it.
The Munch platform already has 12 restaurants listed on the app, with the expectation of adding 10 other restaurants by th…

Album Releases: Letoya Luckett 'Back 2 Life'

Letoya Luckett released her third solo album 'Back 2 Life' on 12 May 2017.

A follow-up to her 2009 'Lady Love', the album has 13 tracks including the pre released 'Used To' and 'Back to Life'.
Vulnerable and honest this album is for all the R&B fans who want that connection to the artist!

New Music: Reverb 7 'Welcome to Afro House Vol. 3'

Reverb7 returns with another compilation of house mixes on 'Welcome to Afro House Vol. 3'.
The 21 track album includes a number of tracks by or featuring Lady Zamar as well as an acapella version of 'Kabhebhi Bho' by Reverb7 and Jazz Prosper.
Check out #WelcomeToAfroHouse Vol.3 in @reverb7 link in his bio.

Watch: AKA 'Caiphus Song' Music Video

Get your seats and watch the biggest wedding event of the year with AKA's 'Caiphus Song'.

AKA, gets cinematic and stars in his own motion picture although not playing the lead role.

In the video, actress Jessica Nkosi and Warren Masemola play the happy couple that is getting married.

The love song speaks of his publicized relationship with radio and television personality Bonang Matheba, as well as his relationship with the mother of his child, DJ Zinhle.

Watch AKA give Africa a new wedding song below:

AKA Send A Wedding Invite

Who wants to attend a celebrity wedding? 

AKA wants you to watch his expression of love played out in the music video for his hit 'Caiphus Song' which will debut on Trace Urban and of course, you all get the best seats. 
What we know is that the bride is being played by tge gorgeous award winning Jessica Nkosi and the groom by the multi-faceted #SAFTA2017 award winning actor Warren Masemola. AKA casts as one of the groomsmen!
Please RSVP with AKA and TRACE!

Telecel’s WiFi zones go commercial

Zimbabwe mobile network operator, Telecel Zimbabwe, has commercially launched its WiFi Zone service which was previously soft-launched to a limited audience in the first quarter of 2017.

The Telecel WiFi zone service allows Telecel subscribers to connect to the internet via WiFi hotspots using their mobile phones or any other WiFi compatible device. The service will allow customers to make significant savings on their internet related charges, the company has said.

“Telecel is satisfied with the performance and uptake of our Telecel WiFi zones which we soft-launched in March and we are happy to confirm that we have commercially launched our WiFi service to our entire subscriber base. The WiFi zones will bring affordability and quality connectivity to our customers,” said Obert Mandimika, Communication and Branding Director.

“1 Gig of data purchased for connecting via a Telecel WiFi zone for example will cost $1 which is comparatively much cheaper than connecting to the internet direc…

Banky W Is Engaged

What we have learnt is that don't be afraid to slide into your crush's DM!
Nigerian R&B don Bankole Wellington a.k.a Banky W, proposed to Nollywood actress, Adesua Etomi...and she said “Yes”!

The singer, who took to Instagram to express his deep affection for her, ever since they met officially in 2015, disclosed that in February 2017, he asked (Adesua Tolulope Oluwaseun Etomi) to be his wife and she said Yes.
His post read in part, “Dear Susu, we crossed paths 2 or 3 times since 2012, but I wasn’t paying enough attention.
“Destiny was staring me right in the face and I was too caught up in my own hustle and paper chase, to know it. In June 2015 however, God brought you my way again, and this time, I really SAW you. I was smitten by your grace, aura, and beauty.
“I asked one or two people about you.. your manager Isioma, who I’d worked with previously, and then I did some research myself. Googled you, stalked your Instagram.. the whole 9 yards, and the more I found out, t…

2017 Zim Achievers Awards UK Edition Winners

Sibanda said that he was both humbled and honoured to be recognised and thanked everyone who has supported his career and philanthropic work over the years.

Honorary recipients included Marshall Gore, for his contribution to sports and community development, and Tawanda “Jusa” Sibotshiwe for creative entrepreneurship as a music producer. The ceremony was hosted by social media star and former ZiFM Stereo newscaster Candice Mwakalyelye.

Community Champion of the Year – Dorcas Gwata Event of the Year – SAMA Festival 2016 Fashion Designer of the Year – Tapiwa Dingwiza Female Entrepreneur – Hanani Nqo Female Personality of the Year – Ellen Chiwenga MTM Financial and Management Accountants Business of the Year Award – Senditoo Community Organisation of the Year – The Life Project Innovation of the Year – Sharon Odongo International Gospel Artist of the Year – Fungisai Male Entrepreneur of the Year – David Zinyama UK Sports-Person of the Year – Lovejoy Chawatama Male Personality of the Ye…

New Music: Taku & AyTee 'African Queen'

After the success of 'Waka', Agree continues to bring on the music.
This time around the Cyprus based  producer-artist jumps onto UK based rapper Taku on the track ' African Queen'. 
The song has a Afro pop, Carribean vibe to it with a message of endearment to the African Woman who in this case is highlighted as the 'African Queen'.
The rappers use a clever and witful exchange of rap and melody to give the song a ruggard yet delicate feel that will get you on your feet, enjoying the blend of coastal an African sound with your partner.
Aytee opens up the song with his, now, signature ad lib “Ndati” (which is shona for 'I said') and continues to deliver a boastful yet sensitive verse about his “african Queen”. AyTee, who has been a fan of creative melodic pieces , provides the chorus of the song.

Taku takes over on verse two and three, providing another perspective to the song. In the second verse he highlights how his “African Queen” gives him a euphoric fe…

Forbes Africa Releases Top 10 Bankable African Musicians

Forbes Africa has released their list of bankable African musicians. 

Making the list is Zimbabwean legend, Oliver Mtukudzi at #10, while Zamerican Tinashe is at #6. Other artists on the list include Black Coffee, Jidenna, Wizkid, Don Jazzy, Akon, Davido, Hugh Masekela and Sarkodie!
The list was put together using factors such as endorsement value, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, Influence and others. They include: 1. Akin (Senegalese American) Akon has over 35 million albums sold worldwide. He has won numerous awards including five Grammy Award nominations and has 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt. He tops the list according to Forbes Africa. 2. Black Coffee (South Africa) The multi-award-winning artist’s real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo. He was born in South Africa’s house music province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and raised in the Eastern Cape province, where Nelson Mandela hailed from, before moving …

8 Africans Nominated For BET Awards

Trevor Noah Wins Two Awards for Best Host

Comedian and The Daily Show TV host Trevor Noah won two awards over tge weekend.
He won 'Best Host' for 'The Daily Show' at the 2017 MTV Movie Awards and 'Outstanding Talk Show Episode' at the GLAAD awards.

New Music: Jam Signal Sweet Addiction

Jam Signal return in 2017 with a new single called 'Sweet Addiction'.

'Sweet Addiction' is like 'Miss Independent', as it celebrates women who are getting their own.

The mid tempo Afro-pop track was produced by C.O.G.

The track is catchy and a great sing along.

Listen to it here.

Watch: Jazz Prosper ft Young Nash 'The Movies' Music Video

Anashe Media's youngest budding artist Jazz Prosper presents the visuals for 'The Movies'...

Jazz Prosper brings on AMG star producer Young Nash on the high tempo, upbeat and melodic Afro Beats track. The track blends African and Caribbean sounds including Zimbabwean jazz horns.

The music video was directed by Tatenda Jamera and takes it to the streets. The shots show a regular day in the African market.

Watch the music video for 'The Movies' below:

Cassper Nyovest Thuto Album

South African recording artist and record producer, Cassper Nyovest has finally release his third studio Album and this is titled “Thuto”.

Cassper Nyovest’s third studio release, Thuto, sees the “Doc Shebeleza” mogul hustle harder than ever before. Named after his older sister and following on from its chartbusting lead single (“Tito Mboweni”), the result is a mature, slickly produced LP that thrills through brutal honesty paired with hard-hitting snare beats.

Several industry heavyweights contribute to the MTV Africa Music Award winner’s swaggering musical alchemy—including Black Thought (The Roots), Nadia Nakai and Tshego (Family Tree) and “Nafukwa” star Riky Rick among others.

The LP sits at 16 tracks in total, Check out the full project below and share your thoughts.

AFRIMA Unveils 2017 Events Calendar

The All Africa Music Awards announced their 2017 event calendar.
The event was held at the Maslow hotel in Sandton with an array of African artists in attendance.
T'Setter Pace' hitmaker Cindy Munyavi was invited as a panelist in her capacity as a past winner. Other African stars included Wax Dey, Sjava, Buffalo Souljah, Mi Casa, Loyiso Bala, Busiswa, The Soil, Heavy K and Ugly Priddy.
The African Union Commission, AUC formally unveiled the 2017 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, calendar. 
This year's calendar has revealed that a few of the AFRIMA activities will be held in Harare. 
The first activity announced off the continental awards event calendar is submission of entries which open globally on Monday, May 8 and submission closes on Monday, July 17, 2017. 
Dada advised artistes, managers, producers, record label owners, video directors, publicists and entertainment/music journalist to submit their works or those of their artistes within the stipulated timeline in order to…

Lady Leshurr releases new EP, Mode,

Birmingham grime star Lady Leshurr releases her follow-up to 'Queen's Speech' EP with 'Mode'.The six track EP finds Lady Leshurr sharing her witty lyrics with pop culture relevance.Along with the 'Mode' EP, a music video for one of the tracks titled ‘Juice’, where Leshurr and a group of young dancers have some fun.The EP also contains the harder-edged ‘Trust Nobody’ and Leshurr upping her flow to trademark tongue-twisting speed on the title track.

Watch Zimbabwean Michelle Mutyora Sing Beyoncé's 'Listen' on The Voice Australia

The Voice Australia” 2017 season six episode 2 kicked off with coach Kelly Rowland taking the lead with four contestants. In the second round of blind auditions, a new friendship blossomed between Delta Goodrem and Kelly Rowland as contestants like Michelle Mutyora, Benjamin Caldwell, Tim Conlon, Camryn Jordan and Claire from Queensland impressed judges with their spellbinding performances.First up was Zimbabwean-born Michelle Mutyorais, who decided to sing Beyoncé's “Listen.” Apart from her powerful vocals, the audience was introduced to her family, who appeared in a special video message. It was tough for Mutyorais to control her tears. However, she took control of her emotions in time to belt out an impressive song and have the coaches turn their chairs one by one. When it was time to choose her coach, she went with her heart and decided to go for Rowland.Watch the clip of the young Zimbabwean impress with her belting.