The Book Café is the beating heart of culture in Zimbabwe’s capital. Help us to keep this iconic venue alive! Hear it from artists of Harare. Watch this video: (or contribute locally onEcoCash 0783874800)

Thu 18, 5.30pm, CD LAUNCH: “WIRIRANO” a 16-track album which shows how far a united effort can go –  14 different groups covering diverse subjects to complete the album, all under one big umbrella – the Zimbabwe Artists And Fans Association.

Thu 18, 5pm, Garden Stage: TWIMBOS “GIVING HOPE” Christmas benefit concert – feat PAH CHIHERA, EVANS MAPFUMO, TEHN DIAMOND, SHINGI MANGOMA, JUWELA, GOODCHILD & TY LEGACY –  A charity fundraiser by hot young artists of Zimbabwe:  #twimbosgivinghopeconcert.  cc$2

Thu 18, 8pm, SIMUKA COMEDY – The official Zimbabwean Stand Up Comedy Night – This Thursday as RBZ launches Bond coins, Simuka Comedy launches Bond Comedy for, just like 007, we might need to prepare for the return of many, many, many, many…zeroes.  If this is the case you need to drown your zeroes in some comedy courtesy of SIMBA THE COMIC KING, DOC VIKELA, LONG JOHN, TAKU MAFINYANI and a host of new acts.  cc$5 (or twenty 25c bond coins kana kuti fifty mayogueta) For more info app #Bond +263 779 822 504

Fri 19, 5pm, Books Launch by TAFADZWA TARUVINGA launches two books: “Serve Your Customers Excellently, Or Not At All!” – for the typical business executive who leads a contemporary organisation in Zimbabwe, and “In THIS Lifetime…You can live your dream” – 30 motivational pieces from 2014 for the aspiring dreamer.  FREE, ALL WELCOME

Fri 19, 7pm, Garden Stage: NYAMASVISVA and MAWUNGIRA eNHARIRA occupy the Book Café garden stage with a great performance of traditional mbira music – a popular show for mbira-lovers and a must-see for all visitors to Harare. cc$5  (Entry from 6th St gate)

Fri 19, 8pm, Main Stage: TRANSIT CREW – veteran reggae artists who have been satisfying music-lovers of Zimbabwe for years, also featuring some fresh young reggae voices of MANNEX MOTSI and more. cc$5

Sat 20, 11-5.30pm, Main Stage: CRAFT FAIR: FESTIVE SEASON FRENZY!  A beautiful array of top-quality crafts from all over Zimbabwe, with special discounts, ‘Food-as-Culture’ Braai, LIVE MUSIC, and so much more! FREE entry, all welcome!

Sat 20, 7-10pm, Garden Stage: JJ’s WELCOME “BEACH PARTY!” – cc

Sat 20, 8pm, Main Stage: MOKOOMBA!! – the final 2014 performance of the multi-award-winning, globe-trotting, “NEW HOTSHOTS OF PAN-AFRICAN FUNKINESS (-Songlines Magazine, UK).  Winners of the ZIMA International Achievers award, Mokoomba thank their supporters and celebrate their incredible achievement of performing 75 concerts in 15 countries in 2014 – Don’t miss this last one!! cc$10


Sun 21, (Doors open from 6pm)  8pm, STUNNER – back by popular demand!  A Zim hiphop party, supported by NGONI KAMBARAMI & NOBLE STYLZ. cc$5

Mon 22, Unity Day: 12noon-5pm, The big KEYBOARD SOLO JAM – 5 of Zimbabwe’s top keyboardists battle it out on stage with Nick Nare, Filbert Marowa, Owen Chimuka, Nigel Nyagombe & Hambahamba. PLUS keyboard expo – check out the latest Yamaha, Casio, Korg & Workstation keyboards. cc$5

Mon 22, 8pm, TOCKY VIBES & GUSPY WARRIOR – Zim Dancehall. cc$5

Tue 23, 5.30pm, Main Stage: Book Launch ‘SHARDS’ by Cynthia Marangwanda – “The violence, acculturation and immorality in ‘Shards’ is a reflection of the day to day stresses of the modern Africa’s survival space. Self originality is criminalized, human dignity lost in the trash bins of urban life…” – Kudzai Chikomo. FREE, all welcome

Tue 23, 8pm, Main Stage: VICTOR KUNONGA & PEACE – The first Book Café performance following the launch of his latest CD ‘KWEDU’ which rocked first listeners last week!  The master songwriter and lyricist. cc$10

Wed 24, 5-7pm, CD Launch by BHEKITEMBA TSHUMA – Free, all welcome

Wed 24, 8pm, Main Stage: HOPE MASIKE – Here is a fun-filled concert with my full band, just before we celebrate the day of the birth of Christ, thanking God for a wonderful year, great friends, family and fans who have walked with me all through the year.  One of the last shows of 2014, this is our gift to you! cc$5

Thu 25 – CLOSED – MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!  The Book Café and Pamberi Trust wish all friends a Merry Christmas!  Ho ho ho!

Fri 26 – CLOSED – MERRY BOXING DAY  – Closed

Sat 27, Garden Stage: 7-10pm, MADHONZA MAKURU – ‘mbira exponents’. cc$5

Sat 27, 8pm, Main Stage:  ALEXIO KAWARA & Shades of Black – Urban soul from these Zimbabwe crowd favourites, delivering a great show of soulful contemporary music . cc$5

Sun 28, 7pm, Mr & Mrs BA SHUPI’S WEDDING! Ba Shupi tied the knot is Masvingo last week, so this is not the official ceremony. We will however do a bit of a reconstruction for those of you who missed the real thing including repeating their vows, the full bridal party showing off their dances, the cutting of the wedding cake and then an after party show from Ba Shupi & The ‘A’ Team featuring a whole host of guest artists. Entry is a wedding gift of $10 to the happy newlyweds



Paul Brickhill: Rest in Peace – you will be greatly missed

Book Cafe proprietor and liberation war veteran Paul Brickhill has died aged 56. He was diagnosed
with cancer in July this year and passed away on 3 October in Johannesburg. Comrade Brickhill was
born in 1958 and grew up in Harare during the period in which the liberation war was intensifying
rapidly. He refused to serve in the Rhodesian army and escaped from the country to join the
liberation struggle in 1976. He joined ZAPU in exile and immediately volunteered to serve in ZPRA,
in whose ranks his elder brother, Jeremy, was already serving. During his service in ZPRA
intelligence he undertook many dangerous undercover operations and was a fearless revolutionary

Following independence in 1980 he began his life-long career promoting culture in Zimbabwe,
founding the countrys first progressive bookshop  Grassroots Books  in 1981 and subsequently its
associated sister publishing company, Anvil Press. Together with his first wife, Pat Brickhill, he
played a leading role in developing Zimbabwean publishing and bookselling. He was elected
Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association in 1991 and served on the Board of the
Zimbabwean International Book Fair for the following ten years. Together with colleagues in other
African countries he co-founded the two major African publishing organisations – the African
Publishers Network (APNET) and the Pan-African Booksellers Association.

At the same time, Paul pursued his own personal journey as a musician, establishing a series of
bands during the 1980s, including the popular Solidarity Band, which featured several young
musicians who were destined to find fame as the Bhundu Boys. Paul’s saxophone travelled across the whole country in those years, most usually to be found in the poorer working class township pubs
and clubs. In later years he and legendary jazz guitarist David Ndoro founded Luck Street Blues,
playing almost 1000 live shows in the years 1995-2005.

Paul, and his brother Jeremy, also played an important role during these years supporting ANC and
Ukhonto we Sizwe operations launched from Zimbabwe, hosting ANC cadres and providing logistical
support to the South African liberation struggle. Their activities led to the car bomb attack on
Jeremy Brickhill by apartheid agents in 1987. Apartheid agents later confessed that they had been
confused by the identities and tactics of the two brothers and were not sure which one to attack

In 1997 Paul expanded the original Grassroots Books concept into a multi-dimensional artistic
vision involving music, theatre, film, literature, poetry, art and craft and thus was born the
world famous Book Caf. Since then the Book Cafe has nurtured and promoted music and the arts under Paul Brickhill’s inspired leadership. Together with its sister organisation, Pamberi Trust, the Book Cafe has hosted over ten thousand shows and events, launched dozens of new artists, promoted  Zimbabwean and African music, literature and poetry, provided a venue for topical and political  dialogue and become a much loved and iconic beacon of artistic freedom and excellence.

In 2011 Paul Brickhill received a NAMA Award for services to the arts and in 2012 he was awarded a
Prince Klaus Award by the Government of the Netherlands in recognition of his role in establishing
the Book Cafe and his own life-long commitment to promoting the arts. Just last week he received the Artwatch Africa Lifetime Achievement Award on the opening night of the Shoko Festival in Harare.

Paul is survived by his brother, fellow war veteran Jeremy Brickhill, his first wife Pat and his
second wife Jennifer, and his four children Tomas, Liam, Amy and Declan.

Mourners are gathered at 6 Durban Road, Avondale, Harare. Funeral arrangements will be announced  shortly

Activity Report Feedback from ZESN Public Meeting:    An analysis of the Electoral Amendment Bill on   10th of April 2014

See the link for a report on the meeting ZESN Activity Update 100414 – for news about the Creative Sector in Zimbabwe

NPAAC Newsletter November 2013

ZITA Newsletter October

Nhimbe Newsletter October

Nhimbe-NPAAC September Newsletter – news from the cultural scene back home

Masakhaneni Newsletter – Have a look at this very interesting newsletter which covers the pre-election 2013 and post-election period



1 July 2013: Harare News –

Community Newspaper and online website launched

New – Zimbabwe Theatre Association launches newsletter – click on link below

ZiTA%20Newsletter-LAUNCH%20EDITION – Positive outlook from outgoing Ambassador Charles Ray


 CARA and Econet have  installed ‘Life Size’ video conference equipment into a College of Health Science Lecture Hall on the University of Zimbabwe’s main campus.

 ‘Virtual Lectures’ will be streamed in  to support the College of Health Science and the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Science in  areas currently lacking teaching staff, or who could benefit from engagement with the diaspora and/or international partnerships.


Population Census in Zimbabwe 18-28 August – how many people are in Zimbabwe? For more info click on 2012 Zimbabwe Population Census

Dear Friends,
Some of you may be interested in this new blog, which discusses some
current issues in Zimbabwe, based on my recent experiences as Director
at Hlekweni. I’d especially appreciate comments from Zimbabweans, at:

With thanks and in Friendship,
Craig Barnett