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Tocky Vibes criticises Zim army in Zvitori Nani



Zimbabwean musician Tocky Vibes released on Sunday a song criticising Zimbabwe’s police and army for unleashing terror on civilians following last week’s stay away in Harare, Chitungwiza and Bulawayo.

The song, titled ‘Zvitori Nani (Zimbabwe Army Diss)’ also criticises President and commander in chief Emmerson Mnangagwa. Sung in Shona, the song had garnered more than 40 000 views on YouTube by Monday.

“That song is intended for poor people, the disadvantaged and those who seek alms on the streets,” Tocky Vibes told Music In Africa. “Children, the disabled and the blind living on the streets could not escape the violence, especially when teargas was used to disperse civilians during the protests.

These people were affected since they had no place to hide. These are the people I was referring to in the song.”

The translated song opens with the following lyrics:

I don’t have time to praise soldiers any more

They beat us every day and kill their own while saying we’ve been sent by our boss

Now I’m dissing soldiers

You should refuse to be deployed
I’ve come with fire to burn the soldiers.

Such lyrics could land Tocky Vibes in trouble with Zimbabwe’s authorities. When asked whether he was afraid of the possible consequences, he said: “Our song is not political.

The army is for the people and it’s not for any political party. So our message in the song is that even if political parties don’t agree among themselves, the army must be there to protect civilians.

“People should not be armed because we have a national army whose mandate is to protect us from harm. So once more, my song is not political and whoever wants to link my song along political lines, it’s up to them.”

Tocky Vibes refused to name the producer of the song. “I’d rather face the music alone should any trouble come my way,” he said.

Germany-based music journalist and critic Plot Mhako said: “I think the song reflects the reality on the ground and boldly echoes the cries of most citizens who do not have a voice. It’s a great song and pokes at the security apparatus’ conscience.”

Late last year, Zimdancehall singer Winky D stirred controversy with the release of ‘Kasong Kejecha’, which blames Mnangagwa’s ZANU-PF government for the current economic crisis.

The song sides with MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa who is synonymous with the words “tozvidira jecha”. The term translates to “pouring sand”, for example in a person’s meal as a form of sabotage.

After the song’s release, Winky D was pelted with empty cans and beer bottles while performing in Kwekwe in central Zimbabwe on Christmas Eve.

The artist has since cancelled his remaining shows and gone into hiding after a group of ZANU-PF activists reportedly visited his home during last week’s stay away.

Mhako said Tocky Vibes could face similar treatment as his colleague. “Regarding his safety, I think it’s tricky and there cannot be a guarantee, considering that Winky D is reportedly in hiding.

I think Tocky was well aware of the possible backlash but he followed his inner conviction and the voice of reason,” he said

What sparked the latest violence in Zimbabwe?

Two weeks ago, Mnangagwa announced a sharp increase in fuel prices, which saw petrol rise to $3.31 from $1.24/litre, making it among the most expensive in the world.

This, in turn, spurred increases in basic products and services such as bread, sugar and bus fares. The increase was condemned by opposition parties and civil society groups across Zimbabwe. It also prompted the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions to call for a national strike.

The initially planned peaceful stay away turned into looting and the destruction of property in some areas where clashes with the police and army took place.

On Tuesday, the government instructed telecoms providers to shut down the Internet, which until Monday was still reportedly off. Twelve people have been killed since the violence began, according to media reports.
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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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