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 on EcoCash 0783874800)

Thu 22, 5.30pm, ARTISTS DISCUSSION:  “ZVEMAGITARE – BAND MATTERS” – Discussions around roles, relationships and remuneration within professional music groups. Speakers: seasoned music practitioner Professor Fred Zindi, musicians Hope Masike, Clive Mono Mukundu, Edith Katiji (Chairperson, Zimbabwe Musicians Union), band manager Marcus Gora, and representatives of ZIMURA (Zimbabwe Music Rights Association). Moderated by Extra-Blessings Kuchera. FREE, ALL ARTISTS WELCOME.

Thu 22, 7pm, THE MANNENBERG JAZZ CLUB at Book Café opens its stage to a special jazz performance for the launch of what will be an exciting new monthly event to start the ball rolling for jazz in Harare, opening with a first-class live jazz concert featuring Zimbabwe jazz veteran FILBERT MAROVA with Tafadzwa Marova (bass) and Mutsawashe Gudlanga(drums) PLUS PLUS – EXCITING JAZZ GUESTS!!  cc$10


Fri 23, 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 23, 8pm, Main Stage: SOUL JAH LOVE – Hauite Hauite!  Zim-Dancehall party, with the award-winning artist, alongside supporting artists Jah Ipah, Trigger Yut, Missle, Chat Dem.  cc

Sat 24, 1-5pm, RAP BATTLES ft SPLIFFAH RAY, ASAPH, KINGSON MAC & BENNY JONES and performances by ZimFam, GmanLee, Khapadia – hosted by NABOTH RIZLA & D163 rd – If you would like to Rap Battle or perform, contact Tanaka +263 771 189 499 – cc$3

Sat 24, 7pm, Garden Stage: MBIRA GARDEN featuring MADHONZA MAKURU – Mbira exponents. cc$5

Sat 24, 8pm, Main Stage: GUITAR & PERCUSSION NIGHT featuring duets between some of Zimbabwe’s finest guitarists and percussionists, with special guests Matze, Mono Mukundi and Jam Signal!  cc$5

Mon 26, 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 5.30pm – FREE, ALL WELCOME!   ++ Plus plus MONDAY BEER SPECIAL: ‘2for$3′ on all local beers!

Tue 27, 6pm-7.30pm, Film screening: “SCHOOLING THE WORLD: THE WHITE MAN’S LAST BURDEN” – a challenging, sometimes funny, but ultimately deeply troubling look at the role played by modern education in the destruction of the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures…calling for a “deeper dialogue” between cultures, and suggesting these ancient sustainable societies may harbor knowledge which is vital for our own survival in the coming millenia (  Followed by discussion with members of KUFUNDA VILLAGE. Free, all welcome!

Tue 27, 8pm, “TUES-JAZZ” – *New * with emerging jazzists MUDZI (THE ROOT) featuring Humphrey Domboka (guitar), Joseph Chinouriri (sax), Naphtaly Chivandikwa (bass), Cornelius Mupanda and Jonas (keys), Bridges Chimanga (drums/bateria) and guests and a repertoire of jazz from around the world  – Choose Jazz Tuesdays for an evening of exciting young jazz each week !  cc$5


Wed 28, 8pm, UPMOST & HOUSE OF STONE – a collaboration featuring poet/emcee ‘Upmost’ (aka ‘mybrythazkeepa’) and reggae/dub band House of Stone who have worked together for over a decade marrying Hip Hop and ‘Chimurenga dub’ and a touch of reggae. The roots sound is accompanied by uplifting socially conscious messages that feed your soul as your feet groove with it!!  – cc$5


Thu 29, 8pm, SYLENT NQO –  a Book Café debut of this gifted young guitarist with Trevor Musariri (bass), Prince Dzuva (drums) and Mordecai  (keys)  –  brilliant emerging African musicians, afrocentric with many different influences; a vivid delivery by this young group of under-21s – ‘knocking’ [nqo] on your door! – cc$5


Fri 30, 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 30, 8pm, VICTOR KUNONGA & ‘Peace’ – opening with NORMAN MASAMBA & ‘Point Blank’ – The master lyricist and songwriter Victor Kunonga graces Book Café stage with his dynamic and constantly evolving music, and songs from his latest album ‘Kwedu’, described as “…a fresh, dynamic international sound rooted in African rhythms, musically very superior”  – Hugh Masekela.  – cc$10

Sat 31, 1-5pm, Garden Stage:  JIBILIKA CYPHER returns with a bang. promoting urban arts talent from dance and  beatbox to music, promises fireworks as several artists and dance groups are lined up to perform, and taking the opportunity to send a positive word to their peers on HIV as part of Jibilika’s ‘Step Up 2 HIV’ campaign.  Presented in partnership with Pamberi Trust since August 2014, and with support from the US Embassy’s PEPFAR Project. FREE!


Sat 31, 7pm, Garden Stage: SECRET GARDEN PARTY – another lively party in the Book Café garden, featuring lots of surprise guest appearances and performances and stuff we can’t tell you about (Ssshhhh!)…you’ll just have to find out for yourselves! cc


Sat 31, 8pm, Main Stage: TRANSIT CREW – Lovers Rock Reggae!  A reggae music crew in transit for 27 years, featuring great reggae artists including veterans Munya Nyemba (bass), Samaita Zindi (guitar) and newer members like Mannex Motsi (lead vo) – a delight for reggae-lovers across the board – cc$5

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