Thu 26, 5.30pm, Main Stage: ‘MINERS SHOT DOWN’ – You are invited to a screening of the multi-award winning South African film by filmmaker Rehad Desai, and to meet him in person.  ‘Miners Shot Down’ takes a forensic real time at the Marikana massacre of 2012 where 34 miners were killed and over 100 injured. It’s been described as ‘devastating cinema’ and a heart wrenching film that resonates far beyond its borders with a story that interrogates the power and ruthlessness of capitalist exploitation in an age of increasing economic inequality.  The film has been screened around the world and returns to the Book Café for the second time.  Free, all welcome.

Thu 26, 7pm, Garden Stage: EVANS MAPFUMO & KAY GEE 40 (hiphop acoustic) – A fresh, dynamic sound rooted in the cross-cutting rhythms and powerful vocal traditions of Africa.  A singer-song writer and guitarist, Evans Mapfumo is influenced by the Zimbabwean traditional Mbira and cuts across different styles to produce a unique African sound fused with vibrant Afrocentric melodies and rhythms, and strong social messages.  His guest tonight, acoustic guitarist Trevor Rufaro Guistino a.k.a ‘Kay Gee 40’ fuses Hiphop and Afro Soul. His music is inspired by Afro rhythms, poetry and western harmonies, Free, all welcome.

Thu 26, 8pm, TARI neGITARE – The bubbly singer-songwriter, guitarist and bandleader Tariro Ruzvidzo ‘neGitare’ lights up the Book Café stage once again, with a lively performance with her backing band.  cc$5

Fri 27, 7pm, Garden Stage: MBIRA GARDEN: with MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA led by the enigmatic NYAMASVISVA – 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 27, 8pm, Main Stage: AFRIKA REVENGE – opening with ADRIAN MUPARUTSA – A JIVE Friday!  cc$10

Sat 28, 11am-5pm, Main Venue: CELEBRITY LIFE STYLE CHARITY SHOW:  Remembering the Nehanda Orphans with Team celeb lifestyles featuring great musicians of all genres and lots of surprise celebrities, with Protasia & Thobekhile – cc$10

Sat 28, 8pm, TRANSIT CREW – Roots Rock Reggae!  A music crew in transit for 27 years, featuring great reggae artists including veterans Munya Nyemba (bass), Samaita Zindi (guitar); the return of Mannex Motsi (vocals), and Cello Culture, Mr Victor and J Boss – a delight for reggae-lovers across the board – cc$5

SUNDAY 29, 2-7pm, THE DUB POETS SOCIETY – strictly rub-a-dub!  Zimbabwe’s only regular weekly dub poetry session, featuring poets Tinashe ‘Mutumwapavi’ Muchuri, Ngonidzashe ‘Upmost’ Tapiwa, Moreblessing Size and Tendekai ‘Madzitatiguru’ Tati – supported by the band ‘HOUSE OF STONE’ – FREE!

Mon 30, 6pm, BOOK CAFÉ OPEN MIC: So You Think You Got Talent? Bring it on!  The hottest jam party in town: poets, comedians, singers, dancers, musicians, bands – come register with the MC before 6pm – FREE, ALL WELCOME!   ++ Plus plus MONDAY BEER SPECIAL: ‘2for$3′ on all local beers!

Tue 31, 5.30pm,  Public Discussion by ZIMBABWE ELECTION SUPPORT NETWORK on the by-elections held in Chirumanzu- Zibagwe and Mt Darwin West; to analyse best practices and key areas for reforms focusing on the legal framework, management and administration of the election and the operating system – with Speakers from political parties that participated in the election.  Free, all welcome.

Tue 31, 7pm, CHOOSE JAZZ with emerging jazzists MUDZI (THE ROOT) featuring Humphrey Domboka (guitar), Aubrey Kabambe (sax), Simbarashe Chimanga (drums), Cornelius Muponda (Aux Keyboard, piano), Trevor Musariri (Bass) with a combination of original tracks and covers from the likes of Jimmy Dludlu, George Benson & Lee Ritenour among others. Cc$5

Wed 01 APRIL, 6pm, ‘IIFF IN THE CLUB’ – Film screenings by Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe of the best from past International Images Film Festivals, hosted monthly at the Wednesday Film Club – FREE ALL WELCOME

Wed 01, 7pm, Garden Stage: THE FUNK SOUL BROTHER – a cool mix of funk, soul, reggae and old skool with DJ IRIE LION – Free!

Wed 01, 8pm, Main stage: TEHN DIAMOND – ‘No Fools, Just Music!’ – The award-winning hip-hop artist is back at the Book Café with his full backing band and debut of his latest hit single ‘NEWE’ ++ special guest performance by SOUL AFRIKA, and DJ Take Fizzo – cc$5

Wed 02-Sat 04, 6-7pm, ‘TOKWE MUKOSI: THE MUSICAL’ – a musical theatre production on the Tokwe Mukosi floods in 2014 when 6000 families were displaced and abandoned; telling the story through music, dance, movement and spoken word, this is a ground-breaking artistic initiative which challenges the country’s disaster management and preparedness. Why has it taken over a year to resolve and bring closure to this unpleasant chapter of our national history?  A production by Complete Arts Project in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe Theatre Arts Department. – cc$3

Thu 02, 7pm, Garden Stage: EVANS MAPFUMO: SOLO – A fresh, dynamic sound rooted in the cross-cutting rhythms and powerful vocal traditions of Africa.  Free, all welcome.

Thu 02, 8pm, Main Stage: MANNENBERG JAZZ CLUB at Book Café welcomes VEE MUKARATI (Sax) – Jazz and Contemporary Music graduate of the renowned Berklee Track Program, Vee is back home and sharing the richness of his recent musical experiences in the world over the last few years, with first-class delivery! Cc$10

GOOD FRIDAY: (No Garden Stage show)

GOOD FRIDAY: Fri 03, 8pm, Main Stage: SULUMANI CHIMBETU – the legendary Dendera music maestro and backing band ORCHESTRA DENDERA KINGS are back on the Book Café stage with another dynamic performance, to keep you dancing!  Part of the fundraising campaign for Zimbabwe Music Rights Association – cc$10

EASTER SATURDAY:  SAT 04, 8pm, TRANSIT CREW and CHIKWATA.263, opening with POETRY and COMEDY – an Easter Special!  Cc$7



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