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Selmor ready to prove her mettle

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All roads lead to Andy Miller Hall tomorrow where Selmor Mtukudzi will test her capacity in a mission to fill the gap that her late father Oliver Mtukudzi left.

Many people have been talking about the show and exhibiting their hope in the diva’s capability to make a mark following the support she got from former Black Spirits members.

Selmor Mtukudzi is going into the battle to succeed her father with a team of backing singers and instrumentalists that know about Tuku’s stage secrets.

Talk about Picky Kasamba, Never Mpofu, Strovas Shadaya and Mono Mukundu.

All these musicians worked with the late Tuku for a long time and know how he pulled his strings to make wonders in many parts of the world.

Selmor also worked with her father for a good time to learn a few tricks and the combination should be a recipe for success.

All the members are willing to go and Selmor is prepared to make a big statement. That statement will be made tomorrow at Andy Millar Hall where the tribute concert for Tuku takes place.

Selmor Mtukudzi will not be alone in the mission to honour her late father. She will have the support of many other local musicians that include Jah Signal, Steve Makoni, Sulumani Chimbetu, Andy Muridzo, Sasha and South Africa-based Zimbabwean singer Jah Seed.

Also roped into the equation is young singer Jah Master who made a mark on social media with a video titled “Takasangana Mutown”.

The song has gone viral and the St Mary’s based musician has promised fireworks.

“I am happy to be sharing the stage with great artists like Selmor Mtukudzi, Andy Muridzo and Sulumani Chimbetu. This is a great opportunity for me and again my first stage performance after my video went viral. I am going to perform that song and will be wearing the same regalia that made me famous,” he said.

Speaking at a press brief and lunch with the media held at Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken at Joina City, Selmor said all is set for the show.

“I am more than ready and this is my time to represent my father and prove to the world that his music will not die.

I am so excited and also want to thank partners and stakeholders who have come on board for this concert,” she said.
“Let us come in our numbers so as to celebrate the legacy that was left by my father. It has been difficult for me to get recognition in the music world considering that I am a woman and I am very happy that now I am getting support.

“I will do my best though it will be difficult to replace him as he was a giant in the music industry but his music legacy will live forever,” she said.

Show promoter Josh Hozheri of 105 Promotions said the show has a mixture of seasoned, renowned and upcoming musicians.

“This is one of the biggest shows in line to promote the girl child. I am happy with what I have seen so far at the rehearsals. We have added upcoming musicians so that they will also not only market themselves but to learn one or two things from the seasoned musicians we have like Steve Makoni and Sulumani Chimbetu, among others,” he said. The Herald

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Van Choga and Seh Calaz part ways

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Zimdancehall chanter Van Choga and Seh Calaz have parted ways. Van Choga confirmed the developments but could not say much on the issue.
“It’s still sketchy but I can confirm I am no longer part of Yalanation. “I can refer you to my management because for now, I can’t say anything.“If there is something new you will be the first person to know,” he said.

Calaz’s publicist King George Damson said there is no bad blood between the two entertainers.
“As far as I know, there is no bad blood between these two chanters.

“As Seh Calaz Music and Yalanation Studios, we want to issue a public statement regarding Van Choga to the effect that Van Choga will no longer be working with Seh Calaz Music and Yalanation Studios.

“Van Choga has advised us that he now wants to pursue another direction with different people.
“We hold no reservations with his personal choice and thus accordingly we release him,” he said.

“As Seh Calaz Music and Yalanation Studios, we are proud of the part we played since we started working with Van Choga around June 2019 to date.
“We have given our all in terms of support for his career to progress.”

King George also said Calaz’s goal is to give upcoming artists a platform to showcase their talent.
“Seh Calaz will continue to give young people an opportunity to showcase their talent.
“He will continue to do so and any young person willing to work with our stable is welcome,” he said.

In another interview, Van Choga’s handler Tai “International” Mazanhi said there was an altercation but they are working on it.
“There was just a minor in-house miscommunication issue which is being rectified if there is anything we will advise you in due course,” he said.
Calaz also said he has no problem with the talented chanter.

“Inini I took him in as my younger brother ndaishanda naye on a personal level not as Yalanation but as Seh Calaz and I thank God nekutisanganisa he is a talented and hard-working young man.

“Akasimudzirawo zita re Yalanation we thank him for the time yataiva tese and I wish him the best in his career, Bholato Bholato,” said Calaz. H-Metro

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Mafikizolo show to go ahead

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Organisers of Mafikizolo’s “Back in Town Concert” slated for Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on Friday have revealed that they will channel part of the show proceeds towards victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

They said the show will go on as scheduled despite a social media outcry, calling for a boycott of the event over ongoing xenophobic attacks.

Mafikizolo is expected in the country on Friday morning.

The outcry emanated from the fact that the South African pair will be coming to perform at a time their compatriots are reportedly attacking Zimbabweans across the Limpopo.

Show promoter Blessing Jeke said: “We are going ahead with the show.

“Mafikizolo condemns violence, and they are going to openly do so in a social media video,” he said.

“They will also record a song against xenophobia along with other local musicians, who are part of the show because music is universal. Through i)t, we can reach out to those perpetrators and show them that love conquers all.

“About 10 per cent of our earnings will be donated to the Zimbabwean embassy in South Africa to help those affected by xenophobic attacks.”
Music and Arts Promoters Association chairperson Josh Hozheri urged people not to retaliate.

“Firstly, we condemn the violence which is happening in South Africa against our fellow citizens and other Africans.

“Let us use this event to send the message across the continent that as much as we are pained by what is going on, we can stand as a bigger people, leading by example, of what Africa and Ubuntu are all about,” he said.

“We have our own performing artistes regularly visiting South Africa.

“Alick Macheso was recently in Midrand, and we have Selmor Mtukudzi and Andy Muridzo going there this month-end.

“If we retaliate it will not work to our advantage. All we can do is use this show to send a message of love, peace and harmony to our African brothers.”
Hozheri said if locals were to boycott the show, the nation loses. The Herald

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Prophet Passion Java has been blasted by fellow church leaders over his love for dancehall music as well as his lifestyle of showing off his possessions on social media platforms.

The controversial prophet recently signed dancehall artiste Enzo Ishall in his newly formed music label called Passion Java records where he is set to sign many other dancehall musicians.

Apart from his love for Zim Dancehall music, the youthful prophet has also been criticized for recently showing off on social media his new Lamborghini vehicle that he bought a week ago.

Bible scholar and president of impact Trust Elias Chakabatwa said Prophet Passion Java should repent from his ways.

“Jesus Christ is the model and epitome of Christian leadership, His exemplary behaviour when he was here on Earth should be a model for all time, serious Christian leaders.

“He was humble and not pompous. He did not boast about his material possessions neither did any of the Apostles of Jesus declare publicly that they had so many donkeys or cattle and so many acres of land which was then a measure of wealth in those days.

“People misquote the verse and misinterpret the scripture which says “do not judge…’ the Bible is a clear yardstick for discerning some so-called “prophets” who are nothing but novices seeking relevance and significance in the name of God!

“Jesus said in Mathew 7:16 you shall know them by their fruit, a quick exegesis of this clearly shows that one can tell whether someone is fake or real by their character and behaviour.

“Yes, you can’t then write someone off from salvation yet you can tell that what the person is doing is not in tandem with the Scriptures.

“There are many gospel artistes who are gifted and anointed seeking help to reach out to people with their music and they are struggling yet someone in the name of prophet goes all the way to sponsor a singer who is propagating profanity eg Magate song!

“Prophet Passion Java needs to recognize that the Kingdom of God operates on the principle of discipline and meekness without these you become statistics.

“He comes out in the media boasting about his cars and the amount of money he has may God help us all there is a challenge here.

“It seems there is an emptiness in his life crying for recognition, this is not good for Christian testimony.
“What is the difference between him and the people who do not believe in Christ who boasts about their mighty and wealth?

“Everything that Christians acquire according to the Bible God is the one who gives them the power to acquire them and these possessions are not to satisfy personal ego and bigotry but to advance the kingdom of God.

“Charisma without character is dangerous in the spiritual things, one can be charismatic and be at the forefront of a religious movement but lacking character.

“It will be a question of time before they are exposed, pride goes before a fall and God exalts the humble.

“Prophet Passion needs to understand that God gives all of us an opportunity to mend our ways but if we don’t we will come into direct confrontation with God in which the pride will be undone.

“He needs to seek God and ask for forgiveness concerning his actions which are not incongruent with  Christian ethos.

“He has been exposing himself and the cravings within him by going public and supporting things which are anti-gospel so to speak.

“He is also exhibiting high levels of arrogance and pride which is not a good thing for those who purport to be ambassadors of Christ.
“Gift can take you up but it is the character that will keep you on the cutting edge.

“May God help us all to realize that no one who ever boasted of their piety or who displayed a haughty spirit achieved much.

“The way up in the kingdom is down it is a paradox, He needs mature Christians to mentor him and speak into his life so that he doesn’t become statistics because of arrogance, He needs someone who will walk with him and counsel him,” said Chakabatwa.

Prophet Jason Jones of Word in you Ministries blamed immaturity as the root problem for prophet Passion’s behaviour.

“In Zimbabwe, I would like to believe that Prophet Passion is one of our Christian leaders who can teach the word in a way that is easy to understand.

“He prophetic gift is also something that we cannot take away from him however I would like to say that Christians need to be patient with him.
“Prophet Passion is still young and I am sure there are so many things that he is doing now which he shall stop doing as he matures,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Kingdom Embassy issued a statement describing attacks of their leader as a form of persecution that they are experiencing as a church.

“We are being attacked as a Ministry, instead of people to appreciate social responsibility programs our man of God is doing there are actually persecuting us.

“Pastors have stopped preaching about Jesus Christ on their pulpits and they are now attacking our prophet.

“Prophet Passion is a blessed man, recently he bought a Lamborghini and he has also entered a deal with Gucci when we publicize those things our aim is to show what God can do.

“In every church, there is a segment for testimonies, so what is wrong if our man of God testifies using social media platform?” Reads the church statement.H-Metro

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