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Asaph topples Winky D, ExQ, Jah Prayzah

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Asaph, Zimbabwe’s award-winning hip-hop musician has added another feather to his cap as his song, Mambo, is topping charts so much so that he has toppled the likes of Winky D, ExQ, Takura and Jah Prayzah.

The song that is a celebration of him being crowned the new king of hip-hop in Bulawayo is sitting on number one on the ZiFM Stereo GTel top 40 charts this week.

Mambo is a track that features Tha Dawgg and Fish F McSwagg. It was produced by Rayobeats and is a precursor to Asaph’s Mambo EP set to be released next month.

Asaph has relegated Winky D’s Parliament that was released two weeks ago to position two, Takura’s Ngoro yemoto (number three), Jah Prayzah’s Pahukama to position four and America’s Cardi B’s Bad Bunny to position five.

Born in Bulawayo, the rapper (real name Tafadzwa Tarukwana) said it feels like a dream to be on top.

“It’s my first song to make number one on one of the country’s biggest radio stations.

The ZiFM Stereo top 40 is seriously competitive.

“So being mentioned in it among some of Zimbabwe’s biggest artists is very impressive,” said Asaph.

As news filtered that he had taken the number one spot, Asaph said he started getting bookings from businesspeople and music promoters.

“I’m actually going to Harare this week to talk to some people who’re interested in working with me.

I want to work on producing some Mambo merchandise, but selling the single online is my first priority.

I really want to maximise on all the attention that Mambo is giving me.

Bookings have already started coming in so this last bit of the year will be exciting.”

He said the feat was not for him alone but was for the Zim Hip Hop movement.

“It really feels like this is bigger than me or that I’m representing the whole genre of Zim Hip Hop.

This is because for some time now, Zim Hip Hop has been perceived as a struggling genre in the country.”

During the fledgeling years of his career, Asaph once touted himself as the Zim Hip Hop messiah.

This latest endorsement from fans, he said was in line with his ultimate aim to lead Zim Hip Hop.

“When I said that (I’m hip hop’s messiah), it initially had a bit of pride and arrogance to it.

But over the years, I’m learning to allow my work to speak.

My mission has always been to shape and lead the genre and as I grow older, I’m realising that it’s about the work, not titles,” said Asaph.

Mambo has a music video that was released a month ago on YouTube.

Asaph said he had submitted it international music channels such as Trace, MTV Base and Channel O for consideration for airplay.
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Tawanda Mambo (Saintfloew)goes to SA for rehab

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Zimbabwean rapper Saintfloew is looking to kick his drug addiction once and for all and has reportedly flown out to South Africa where he is going to receive rehabilitation services.

In an interview with Star FM’s Ollah 7 last week, Saintfloew admitted that he was taking drugs, although he was in the process of trying to quit. He refused to admit whether he had been taking the dreaded crystal meth, known popularly as Guka or Dombo.

I cannot confirm the allegations and I cannot say anything about them, so I am not confirming anything and I am not talking about anything. But what I am saying is we came out from the wrong way, a lot happens here in Chitown (Chitungwiza) and I took multiple drugs.

I am still working on quitting taking some of the things. I am not confirming anything but all I can say is there are some drugs that I am trying to stop,” he said.

Saintfloew also revealed that his drug addiction had little to do with the music industry.

It is not like the pressures of music cause artists to take drugs, but before we became artists, we had nothing to do and we had all the time to take drugs. Now if it is regret or moving on, that is what I am working on,” he said

In an interview with H-Metro before the rapper’s departure to South Africa, Saintfloew’s mother, Ebenezer Mambo said that her son’s struggles with drugs were linked to a tough upbringing. She said the musician lost his father at the age of two.

We lost his father when they were still very young and there was no man in the house to whip my son into line. I tried my best to give him a life, but there are some times when a father is needed in the upbringing of children.

I have never doubted my son’s intelligence, but I was worried when he continued pursuing music. He ended up taking drugs and it pains me a lot,” she said.

Mambo praised Nash Paints Group executive chairman, Tinashe Mutarisi, who convinced Saintfloew to go for rehab in SA, for helping her son get back on track.

“I am humbled that good people still exist as is the case with Mr Tinashe Mutarisi. I think he was sent by God to save my son from abusing drugs.

“Like the biblical Moses, Mutarisi has just done the best for my family and I hope my son will come back from South Africa a changed man,” she said.

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Khanyi Mbau, Kudzai Mushonga are back together again

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There are indications that the on-and-off romantic relationship between Khanyi Mbau and Kudzai Mushonga has heated up once more. The couple recently shared pictures of themselves getting cosy on their Instagram pages. One of the photos shows them snuggled up in each other’s arms on a yacht in Dubai, where Mushonga resides. In the caption, they wrote, “We might bend, but won’t break.”

Although Mbau has been in South Africa for work, she is a resident of Dubai and shares a home with Kudzai Mushonga, a Zimbabwean businessman. In another post, the couple is seen toasting with red roses in hand. Mushonga wrote, “Forever us my baby @mbaureloaded. I love you.”

In May, the couple’s relationship status was the subject of speculation after they deleted all posts of each other from their social media accounts. This came after Kudzai Mushonga was rumoured to be romantically involved with Vanja Vicentijevic.

The couple has been in the news before when Mushonga publicly expressed concern about Mbau’s whereabouts after she went missing in Dubai. It was later discovered that Mbau had returned to South Africa without informing Mushonga.

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SABC cancels 7de Laan after 23 years

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SABC 2 and Danie Odendaal Productions have announced that after 23 years on air, the popular soapie 7de Laan will come to an end at the conclusion of season 24. The last episode will air on December 26, 2023. The SABC did not provide a reason for the show’s cancellation but stated that it will not be recommissioned for another season after season 24 ends. 7de Laan has been a beloved show since its first broadcast on April 4, 2000.

The show has been a success, spawning roadshows and cookbooks, and creating household names out of numerous actors. Despite the cast and crew being saddened by the news, they expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to produce a show that has touched millions of South Africans. The SABC has been having financial difficulties and has been in negotiations with various production companies, including Danie Odendaal Productions, for several months.

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