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WATCH: Oskido ‘endorses’ Julius Malema’s EFF

Oscar Oskido Mdlongwa

Zimstar News

Popular South African music producer and DJ Oskido has voiced further endorsement of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), signalling the unfettered freedoms that artists enjoy in that country in making any political commentary.

EFF celebrated its eighth anniversary this Monday.

Oskido, born Oscar Sibonginkosi Mdlongwa to late Esaph Mdlongwa, who was an MDC politician and a South African mother, Emily Sophia Molefi, was among those to wish the firebrand South African opposition well.

“I just want to wish EFF a happy birthday on the eight anniversary. Nikhule nize nikhokhobe nithi kho kho kho!” said the artist.

Last year, Oskido praised EFF over its plan of action to help South African musicians during the Covid-19 outbreak.

This was after gigs and concerts had been banned with local musicians having expressed how hard it was going to be to continue paying their bills after livelihoods had been compromised by the pandemic induced lockdown in that country.

Feeling that the EFF’s plan to aid needy musicians was the right approach, Oskido thanked the party’s leader, Julius Malema, for wanting to help.

“This is an important consideration and intervention to the plight of artists by the EFF. We thank them on behalf of those artists who will be receiving help from the EFF,” he said then.

Oskido spent most of his early life in Luveve Township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where he went on to finish his basic education after graduating from Gifford High School, Bulawayo.

However, it was going to be a difficult proposition if the artist would still be in Zimbabwe to endorse the opposition as did with South Africa’s EFF.

Zimbabwean musicians fear losing livelihoods if they were to show open support for the opposition, let alone criticise the ruling Zanu PF party which still has some measure of control over nearly all mainstream broadcasting stations in the country.

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Warriors star Nakamba, socialite Olinda, radio voice KVG nominated for ZAA awards

By Zimstar News Showbiz 

Warriors and Aston Villa star Marvelous Nakamba, socialite Oliver Chapel and radio personality Kudzai Violet Gwara aka KGV, have featured among an exciting list of outstanding individuals nominated for the prestigious Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) set for 11 September this year.

Nakamba will battle it out in the male sports personality of the year with names like Farai Hallam, Tawanda Muyeye, Zanda Siziba and Prince Mutswunguma.

 

Marvelous Nakamba

KVG, a prominent voice on StarFM and Olinda, will be keen to outshine other popular personalities nominated under the lifestyle awards (influencer of the year) category who include musician Sandra Ndebele, music maker DJ Fantan and comedian Comic Pastor.

 

Olinda Chapel

The awards, dubbed The Big Reveal, will be held virtually from The Mayfair Hotel in London and also mark ZAA’s 10th anniversary. 

The voting period for the nominees will commence from 19 July until 15 August 2021 on the ZAA website www.zimachievers.com.

The diverse list features nominees across four base categories of business & professional, community & sports, lifestyle and entertainment awards.

“First of all congratulations to all the nominees who continue to lift the Zimbabwe flag high and make us all proud. To us, you are the winners and carriers of our national pride around the world,” said ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza during the event.

“This year we will be commemorating our 10th Anniversary and reflect on a decade that has been fruitful in changing the misconceptions about the abilities of our communities over the years. We started this vision with a view to highlight the stories of positive achievement and impact by Zimbabweans.”

This year’s nominees list features new categories such as male and female young achievers as well as young sports personalities following various breakthroughs for junior sportspeople.

“You will notice we have also received overwhelming nominations for young achievers who have been doing great as well as recognizing influencers who have touched the world from their base in Zimbabwe,” he added.

Other high-flying nominees include double nominee Valerie Sibanda, comedienne Madam Boss, entrepreneur Dee Mapasure, money transfer company Senditoo, popular podcast Girls In Skies and netball star Felistus Kangwa among others.

ZAA UK is headline sponsored by the global partner ZororoPhumulani who offer various funeral cover, financial support and repatriation services across the globe.

ZAA was founded in 2010 and returns to the UK in this year after last year’s event got postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The awards recognise, celebrate and honour high achievement in different communities around the world.

 

Full list of the ZAA UK 10th Anniversary Nominees 2021

CATEGORY 1 – BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

Business of the Year

One Click Supplies

Tengai Online

Stellah Entertainment

Highlands Care Solutions

Senditoo

RM Publishers

 

Male Entrepreneur of the Year

Barney Kavai – BMK Management and Global Health Care Solutions

Dexter Lasswell – Bantu

George Muchapirei – Tengai Online

Thabo Nhlangano – Love your Stays

 

Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Amanda Tinashe Leeds – Property Developer

Valerie Moran – Fintech Entrepreneur

Olinda Chapel- Nkomo – Gain Health Care

Carole Nyakudya – Lorac International

Dee Mapasure – KS Wors

 

Professional of the Year

Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni – Engineer

Shingi Mararike – Sky News reporter

Lisa Nyasha – Medical Doctor

Shepherd Chitiyo – Aircraft engineer

Vanessa Sanyauke – diversity and inclusion professional, presenter and writer

 

Innovator of the Year

 

Dee Mapasure – Ks Wors

Caroline Gundu – Cooking with Caz

Malone Mukwende – Medical Doctor

 

Restaurant of the Year

Zim Braai

Bantu Bar and Grill

Ekhaya Bar and Grill

Grill Yard

 

CATEGORY 2 – COMMUNITY AND SPORTS AWARDS

 

Community Champion

Flossy Kandondo – Philanthropist

Kim Chakanetsa – Journalist BBC World

Bothwell Kabayira – President/ Founder Zimbabwe Allied Medical Professional Association (Z. A. M P. A)

Olinda Chapel – Director Gain Health Care

Bee Mutamba – Zimbabwe Bright Futures Syndicate

Nomsa Nekevane – Mopane Foundation

 

Community Organisation

Ebenezer Hope Organization

Bana Bengwana Trust

Mopane foundation

The Baobab Tree Trust

 

Cultural Ambassador

Caroline Gundu – Cooking with Caz

Learnshona.co.uk

Busi Mhlanga

Tsungai Tsikirai

 

Young Achiever – Female

Nyasha Michelle – BBC Broadcast Journalist

Vee Kativhu – Founder Empowered by Vee

Vanessa Sanyauke – diversity and inclusion professional, presenter and writer

Joylyn L. Katsvairo – abstract artist

Nella Grace – Medical Doctor

Lisa Nyasha – Medical Doctor

 

Young Achievers– Male

Malone Mukwende – Medical Doctor

Theo Chikomba – BBC Broadcast Journalist

Bothwell Kabayira – Medical Doctor

Jeremiah Maps

Kuda Kashiri

 

Female Sports Personality

Panashe Muzambe

Felistus Kwangwa

Adelaide Muskwe

 

Male Sports Personality

Marvelous Nakamba

Farai Hallam

Tawanda Muyeye

Zanda Siziba

Prince Mutswunguma

 

Young/junior sports personalities

Josh Masara

Ryan Gwidzima

Junior Bunjira

Ethan Kachosa

Tawanda Jethro Maswanhise

 

Breakthrough Newcomer

Panashe Muzambe

Takudzwa Masawi

Gary Mapanda

Malone Mukwende

 

CATEGORY 3 – LIFESTYLE AWARDS

Zim-based Influencer of the Year

Sandra Ndebele

DJ Fantan – Chillspot Records

Comic Pastor

Madam Boss

KVG

Kevin Wedding Planner

 

Outstanding Achievement in Fashion

House of Mucha

Mr Rocca

House of Rutendo

Farai London

 

People’s choice Awards

Mr and Mrs Manatsa – Stellah Entertainment

Malone Mukwende

S1mba

Valerie Sibanda

Bee Mutamba

Nia the Light – founder curl bar London

 

Media Outlet of the Year

Checkout Africa

Ndebele’s Connect

Girls in Skies

The Feeling Station

Made in Zwe

The Southern Times

 

CATEGORY 4 – ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS

Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment

Munya Chawawa

Joab Magara

Munashe Chirisa

King Kandoro

 

Outstanding Achievement in Music – Female

Rachel Chinouriri

Valerie Sibanda (Valee Music)

Blessing Annatoria Chitapa

Antoinette Mabhena

Sharon Rose

 

Outstanding Achievement in Music – Male

S1mba

Gary Mapanzure

Kevin Tshuma

McDonald Sheldon – Qounfuzed

John Falsetto

 

Female Personality of the Year

Phiwo Ndlovu

Girl in skies

Caroline Gundu

Panashe muzambe

Scola Dondo

Seren Jones

 

Male Personality of the Year

Munya Chawawa

Tendai Mashiri – PVO Threads

Ivor Moyo – Checkout Africa

Munya Sigg – Spel Clothing

Shingi Mararike – Sky News

 

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Zahara, DJ Sbu row over album royalties

TimesLive

Zahara is challenging DJ Sbu (both pictured) to a sit-down TV interview to set the record straight on the money that is still allegedly owed to her for her Loliwe album.

Popular pot-stirrer and twelep Barry Roux recently tweeted that he wished that Zahara would re-record her Loliwe album so that she could start benefiting from it financially. The twelep implied that Zahara was not getting paid royalties for her music.

DJ Sbu was quick to slam those claims.

“Ms Zahara’s money has always gone to her my brother,” Sbu responded, attaching a screenshot of three documents in which it’s alleged that Zahara receives what’s due to her.

However, speaking to TshisaLIVE, Zahara said that she has never received any funds for the work she did with the Loliwe album.

“It’s all lies,” she said, fuming.

Zahara added, “I haven’t been getting anything since I left the record label, and I saw recently that my music was uploaded on digital platforms without me knowing, which means they sold my records to somebody and it means I need to get a cut for it.”

The Mgodi hitmaker went on to say that she had made various attempts to make contact with DJ Sbu since their last conversation nearly a year and a half ago.

“When I tried to communicate several times even last year, I tried so many numbers to contact them and no-one answered their phones … I always call them … they don’t care.”

The singer added that she had thought of taking them to court but knew that she would not be able to afford the fees.

“At the end of the day they know that if I go to court I do not have the resources or the money to fight them because they know they have money. God has given me a gift which nobody can take and I can start afresh like I am doing right now,” Zahara said.

Zahara is adamant that the only thing that can settle their long-standing spat is a TV interview and would like DJ Sbu to answer her call.

“DJ Sbu must stop lying. He must be in a studio with me one day somewhere … a TV interview where I say what I say and he says what he says … he must stop lying because he is a coward.

“It doesn’t really matter, me I can always go back to sing for my cows but the truth is the truth … it wouldn’t have escalated like this, they should have just let it go because I’m speaking my truth and it’s the truth … I don’t want to hear nobody said nothing, I want DJ Sbu in a TV room with just me and him … where we both say what we want to say,” the musician said.

Till then Zahara says that she is just focusing on her new music and launching her next album which was postponed due to the lockdown.

TshisaLIVE attempted several times to get comment from DJ Sbu on Zahara’s allegations. However, the DJ had not responded by the time this article was published.

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South African beauty forced to dump pageantry after public digs up her past racist tweets

By Showbiz Reporter

A SOUTH AFRICAN beauty, who was hoping to enter the 2020 Miss South Africa pageantry, has been forced to pull out following public pressure to dump the competition for racist comments she made via social media when she was a teenager.

Bianca Schoombee, now 21, began trending on Twitter as a favourite potential finalist among the public after posting photos of herself as part of her Miss SA entry.

The love quickly turned into disappointment and outrage, however, on Wednesday when offensive tweets posted by her over six years ago were dug up and widely shared.

Schoombee apologised for the tweets, stating that they were shared when she was still a teenager and that she had since changed.

However, social media users could not buy it.

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Former Radio 3 DJ Peter Johns Dies

Zimstar Showbiz/Agencies

Veteran former ZBC Radio 3 (now PowerFM) disc jockey, Peter John’s has died.

The Radio Driver, as he was affectionately known, died in the United Kingdom on Monday evening.

Arguably one of the most popular radio DJs of his time, Peter Johns hosted the Midday Jam on the then Radio 3 in Zimbabwe.

The entertainer, who died in a UK hospital, had been unwell for some time.

He left the station in 2002.

He was now based in the United Kingdom at the time of his death where he continued as club DJ, internet radio broadcaster and host at many functions, especially those involving Zimbabweans in the diaspora.

Peter’s health has been failing. According to Mark, his eldest son: “Peter was in a South London hospital after succumbing to three strokes and a heart attack.

This was not the first time Peter was hospitalised. In 2010 he suffered a mild cardiac arrest and was operated on.

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