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Watch: Jah Prayzah, Mr. Bow and Ykee Benda 'Superman' On Coke Studio Africa

And one of Uganda’s brightest prospects, Ykee Benda, gets the chance to work with Mozambique’s beloved Mr. Bow and Zimbabwe’s world-famous Jah Prayzah in this week’s Big Break.

Watch Mr Bow, Jah Prayzah and Ykee Benda singing Superman on Coke Studio Africa below:

Zim Hip Hop Summit 101 With Darryl Nyamutsamba

What does hip hop mean in Zimbabwe? How much influence does hip have on urban culture in Zimbabwe? Well for the longest time there has been debate about what hip hop is in Zimbabwe. In a country birthed from reggae and predominantly influenced by dancehall, it's been a challenge for the hip hop culture to fully capture the masses. Questions have been posed on the power of hip hop as a genre and culture? While Zimbabweans have been influenced by multicultural media, hip hop has been viewed and at times shunned as a 'wannabe' of American culture. In other parts of Africa, particularly in South Africa, hip hop is now a dominant sub-culture as well as genre. Many artists have become viable brands and this has also created an ecosystem for other stakeholders in media and entertainment. This year at Shoko Festival, artists, promoters, media practitioners and stakeholders will gather to start the convesration on Zim Hip Hop. A concept which has been running for years in other cou…

Album Releases: Tamar Braxton 'Bluebird Of Happiness'

Tamar Braxton releases her third solo studio album and at the height of her career, she says that this is her last. May it be a Masterpiece!

Two years after Calling All Lovers, Tamar Braxton unleashes Bluebird of Happiness, her fifth and reportedly final album.

Yo Gotti is the sole guest on the 11-track set, appearing on “Hol’ Up.” Executive produced by Braxton, Vincent Herbert, and Rodney Jerkins, Happiness also includes the singles “My Man” and “Blind.”

Back in June, the R&B songstress told Rap-Up that this album would be a combination of past works. “It’s almost like Love and War and Calling All Lovers got together and had a baby,” she said, before calling it her “best work yet.”

Speaking with Wendy Williams this week, Tamar said that the album has taken her on a journey for joy. “On my quest for happiness, I had to get in tune with my spirit,” she said. “I felt so broken, so lost, and confused about everything. [I still feel that way] somedays, but I’m a lot better than I was.…

Watch: Diamond Platnumz ft Morgan Heritage 'Hallelujah'

Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies At 91

"Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream."

Hugh Hefner was the one man who could make millions in his silk pyjamas and have a bevy of beautiful women.

The businessman and Playboy founder died on Wednesday at his home, the Playboy Mansion, in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. He was 91.

His death was announced by Playboy Enterprises. The website says that Hugh was surrounded by his loved ones when he died including sons Marston and Cooper, his daughter Christie and second wife, Kimberley Conrad.

It has been reported that Hefner known as Hef died after contracting a bug two weeks ago that eventually killed him. His health decline began two years ago when an 'infection caused a crippling back condition that left him bedridden.'

Hefner was born on April 9, 1926 ,in Chicago, Illinois, and went on to become a millionaire after founding the influential men's magazine in 1953.

Hefner was a pioneer and revolutionary as he popularised the sexual revolu…

NAMA 2018 Call for Applications

The National Arts Merit Awards (NAMAs are calling on all entertainers, creatives and artists to submit entries for the 2018 edition.

The awards are scheduled to be held on 17 February 2018.

Applications can be made online and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ), will only accept works that were produced between 1 December 2016 and 30 November 2017.

The deadline is 30 November and entries should be submitted via this link.

Artists who wish to make physical submissions can obtain entry forms via NACZ offices throughout the country: the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Murewa Culture Centre and registered arts associations and organisations in Zimbabwe.

Supporting material may still need to be submitted in person at the above listed places for use in adjudication. All entries must be accompanied by the artist’s product(s). These could be in the form of videotapes, cassettes, flash drives, CDs, pictures or books.

Individuals submitting works for the NAMAs are encouraged to supply t…

The British Council Launches 'Mix The City Harare'

What can be done to tell a different narrative about Zimbabwe? Well, music is a universal language and the British Council in Zimbabwe understand that well. In a new and exciting project, the British Council in Zimbabwe will be launching a new interactive music platform called 'Mix The City'. The platform invites users to explore Zimbabwean music and create unique compositions that can be shared online. The purpose of the platform to tell a Zimbabwean narrative through music to the rest of the world.

In an exclusive press conference, a showcase of Mix The City was shared with journalists. The video tells not only the story of Zimbabwean music but also showcases the beauty of the capital city, Harare. The video featuring 12 musicians compiled by UK music producer Boxed In (Oli Bayston) was premiered. The video features the likes of Blessing Oliver Mtukudzi, Douglas Vambe, Soul Jah Love, Jah Prayzah, Ammara Brown, Josh Meck, Ray Dizz, Blessing Chimanga, DJ Smiley and Vabati vaJe…

While It's Viral...The Lowdown On Stunner & Olinda's Marriage!

Tea and mess seem to be the order of the day. While Kevin Hart is trying to clean his mess drama seems to sway on the local scene.

In the latest episode of the 'Stulinda' (Stunner-Olinda) drama, a 17-minute phone recording has surfaced. The recording which was posted and shared a la Fokus Magis between Olinda and Stunner's former friend, Trigger.

Stunner and Olinda Chapel divorced after a year of marriage. This came after the rapper was accused of cheating with Dyonne. Olinda aired the couple's dirty laundry back in January in a Facebook live stream. Seven months later, Olinda is allegedly engaged to Tytan and Stunner is expecting a child with girlfriend Dyonne.

Trigger has been accused by many for being a 'snitch' after Olinda found out about Dyonne before the January blow up. Well after this recording which Olinda confessed to secretly recording in a post on Facebook, his street cred is gone.

At the beginning of the conversation, Trigger mentions that he sha…

Check Out The Viral Big Shaq 'Man's Not Hot' Single

"The ting goes skrrrahh, pap, pap, ka-ka-ka, Skidiki-pap-pap, and a pu-pu-pudrrrr-boom..."

If you have not been on social media and heard this hilarious line then where have you been?

UK-based comedian Michael Dapaah a.k.a Roadman Shaq has caused a viral track after his latest BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Fire in the Booth session.

The MC who rose to fame with his “The Ting Goes” freestyle.

Now the grime track 'Man’s Not Hot' has created some meme-worthy moments. In the track he makes gun sound effects around the 1:40-minute mark. Apart from the hook where he keeps emphasizing 'man's not hot',

Inaugural Zim Hip Hop Summit Debuts At Shoko Festival

"I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company." – Jay-Z

It has been a long time coming and now everyone can have a seat at the table. Where does hip hop in Zimbabwe fit into mainstream media and popular culture? The questions and answers will be placed at the inaugural Zim Hip Hop Summit to be hosted by Shoko Festival. On 30 September artistes, music promoters and other stakeholders in the Hip Hop industry from Zimbabwe and South Africa will meet to discuss pertinent issues about the Zim Hip Hop industry.

The Zim Hip Hop Summit is a one-day convention that seeks to bring together artists and other stakeholders to share knowledge, have a dialogue. The Zim Hip Hop Summit is about building bridges on a myriad of levels. The conference aims to bring local and some international hip…

YOU Spectacular 2017 Nominees

The annual YOU Spectacular Awards are upon us so it's time to get those phones, tablets and computers ready to vote for your favourites.

Over the past 13 years, Drum and Huisgenoot's sister publication, YOU Magazine, has taken the time to honor the best in South African entertainment.



1a Minnie Dlamini (Homeground)
1b Anele Mdoda (Real Talk with Anele)
1c Bonang Matheba (Top Billing)
1d Danilo Acquisto (Afternoon Express)
1e ProVerb (Idols)


2a Craig Lucas (singer)
2b Ntando Duma (actress)
2c A-Reece (rapper)
2d Laura Wolvaardt (cricketer)
2e Ayanda Thabethe (presenter)


3a Minnie Dlamini & Quinton Jones
3b Nomzamo Mbatha & Maps Maponyane
3c Rachel & Siya Kolisi
3d Nandi Madida & Zakes Bantwini
3e Aisha Baker-Parnell & Wayne Parnell


4a Nomzamo Mbatha
4b Amanda du-Pont
4c Thando Thabethe
4d Lerato Kganyago
4e Boity Thulo


5a Ewan Strydom
5b AKA
5c Chris Japhta
5d …

Watch: Bryan K ft Ex Q and DJ Towers 'Maggie'

After releasing Forever, Bryan K returns with an endearing song about a crush on 'Maggie'

The intoxicating song carries matured and cleverly written catchy lyrics which exposes Bryn’s relentless creativity. It also comes with a riveting script, beautifully shot at a relatable scene.
Hey ,did we also mention that the lady staring is really hottie?

Tkae Chidz, Ninja Lipsy And Reverb7 Team Up On A Banger 'Tamba Tamba'

When you look at Tkae Chidz you often can't imagine that the man has the moves. But if you watched his 2014 smash hit 'Skubu' then you have seen the man take Afro Pop to a level.

The rapper and singer has been in the country for a while although he's in between Zimbabwe and the UK. During his stay, he has managed to feature on both tracks and in music videos. He was Takura's sidekick in 'Mungandidii?' and partying with Tagz and Ex Q in 'Zvakanaka'.

His single off his 2016 EP 'Sagitarrius', 'Dhuze' has been doing quite well, although we feel as if many have slept on the track. The video is doing quite well, as we appreciate the works of Black Phantom director, Chris Shoca.

Thanks to his affiliation to Showtime Records Africa, the 'Dhuze' hitmaker, brings on super producer and DJ, Reverb7 to add his house flavour to the Afro Pop single 'Tamba Tamba'.

Loosely translated, 'dance dance' or 'play play', the…

Album Releases: Stunner 'Stray Bullet'

Rapper stunner released his album #StrayBullet on Thursday.

An 8 track album which features Boom Beto, Ghanaian artist Episode, local acts BaShupi and Hillzy.

 Have you got your copy yet Click the link here.

Mafikizolo Are Royal In 'Love Potion' Music Video

20 years in the game and they still have the ability to reinvent and stay relevant.

On yet another DJ Maphorisa production, South African duo Mafikizolo release the visuals for their latest single, Love Potion. The duo released Kucheza last year November which was co-written with Vanessa Mdee & Kly. This was followed by a tropical themed video and then collaborating with Zimbabwean superstar Jah Prayzah on the party hit 'Send

This time the legends take a mellows pace with 'Love Potion'. Garth von Glehn directed music video sees Theo and Nhlanhla in a classic type of setting. Making preparations for a big banquet the two portray European royals, while their guest are draped in African attire.

The guests engage in a choreography by Lee-ché Tareldo Janecke before proceeding to ballroom dancing and having a meal.

'Love Potion' is dreamy and majestic while riding on a mid tempo, Afro pop track.

Fall in love as the music video casts a spell on you by watching the vi…