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Muungu Africa’s Lazaro remixed to appeal to SA market



Fast-rising Muungu Africa, a South Africa-based musical outfit comprising Zimbabwean Lynol Siwela and South Africans Sindiswa Shobede and Bongo Beats have had to remix the Lazaro track in order to try and make it appealing in South Africa.

The original version sung in Shona by the three members was released as part of their second album Show Love last year in December. Though it was received well in Zimbabwe, it failed to captivate the SA music lovers.

Confident that the track had the potential to take them places, the group decided to give it another try by remixing it and adding the voices of Niola and Busiswa.

Upon completion, the afro/house music group, launched the remix in Johannesburg last month and have since embarked on a tour to promote that track.

The launch which was a success saw SA artistes Master KG and Zanda Zakuza of the hit Skeleton Move performing.

Siwela, who is the group’s spokesperson said: “Lazaro did well in countries like Zimbabwe but didn’t do fairly well in South Africa.
This is why we’re now promoting its remix to try and popularise the track here,” Siwela said.

He said he was hopeful that Lazaro would be a hit in South Africa as it is proving to be a favourite of many where they are performing. Its music video that was released last month has so far garnered over 100 000 views on YouTube.

“The song is highly requested and has gained 132 800 views on YouTube. As a result, we’ve made a consideration to promote it across South Africa and we’ll also be bringing it to Zimbabwe where we’ll conduct promotional tours,” he said.


The song mirrors difficulties that some people face in life before they make it. On the track, Siwela and Shobede portray themselves as a couple leading a difficult life.

Reflecting on the SA music industry, Siwela said competition there was stiff.

“We’re glad as we’ve managed to penetrate the South African music industry. Two of our songs, Dali Wami and the remix of Lazaro are promising to become hits here,” Siwela said.

Muungu Africa was formed in 2012 and has two albums.

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Tawanda Mambo (Saintfloew)goes to SA for rehab




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



Kudzai Mushonga Khanyi Mbau

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



7de Laan Soap

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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