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Selmor ready to prove her mettle



Selmor Mtukudzi

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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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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