EXHIBITION: BLACK HISTORY MONTH is celebrated by an exhibition of prominent African American authors- at the Book Cafe, courtesy of the US PAS.
Thu 26, 5.30pm, Main Stage: A 4-BOOK LAUNCH by T MOYO – ‘Sabela Iyabiza’, ‘The Driver and The Police’, ‘Pane Nyaya Yako’ and ‘The President’s Nightmare’ – Free, all welcome!
Thu 26, 6pm, Garden stage: ‘Acoustic Africa’: A laid-back acoustic session from EVANS MAPFUMO – entry FREE, all welcome!
Thu 26, 8pm, Main Stage: DRUM FIESTA! Zimbabwe’s top drummers are given the limelight in this entertaining non-stop drumming and percussion spectacular, featuring Orbet Gomba, Carlton Muparutsa, Simba Dembedza, Ronald Ndhluli, Praymore Dzuwa, Prince Dzuwa, Agrippa Shadaya, Denis Mushaishi – and guest appearances by Victor Kunonga, Sulu Chimbetu, Afrika Revenge, Mono Mukundu, Moodha & Happy Blacks and Erastus Nleya – 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: MOKOOMBA – the multi-award-winning, globe-trotting, “NEW HOTSHOTS OF PAN-AFRICAN FUNKINESS” (-Songlines Magazine, UK) – back at Book Café with another fantastic delivery – Twamutambula! Welcome! – cc$10
Sat 28, 11-6pm, BOOK CAFÉ CRAFT FAIR – Zimbabwe Applied Arts & Crafts Association present a craft fair with a difference – a special 3-FILM TREAT against the backdrop of quality crafts and beautiful arts from different parts of the country, followed by live music on the Garden Stage ++ Tasty Menu! – FREE, ALL WELCOME !!
- 1pm – THE LION KING – A children’s matinee
- 2.30pm – ‘LIFE & DEBT’ – stories of Jamaicans and their strategies for survival
- 4pm – ‘TULA THE REVOLT’ on the history of Dutch colonial slavery
Sat 28, 6pm-Late: Main Stage: MASHOKO! Hiphop, dance, djs and spoken-word, featuring NEXT LEVEL ACADEMY (USA), Marques, Synik, T-Shoc, Black Anakin, Digital Rebels (Bulawayo), People’s Podum, Charity Hutete Makawa, Jibilika Dance Crew – and more! Presented by Magamba Network as part of Grito Rock Global Concerts – cc$3
Mon 2 MARCH, 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 3 MARCH, 6pm, Main Stage: SOUNDGAZE THEATRE: ‘Moving Images of Marie in Woyzeck’ (adapted and directed by Juanita Chitepo), featuring MICHAEL KUDAKWASHE, NQOBIZITHA DUBE and JUANITA CHITEPO and live music by ITHEMBALETHU Academy For The Performing Arts, with musical direction by FILBERT MAROVA and mbira by JAMES MUJURU (NB: for audiences aged 16 and over). cc$5
Tue 3 MARCH , 7pm, TUES-JAZZ – We continue our Tuesday night showcase series featuring the best of Young Zimbabwean Jazz musicians. This week — MUDZI (The Root) featuring virtuoso guitarist Humpfrey Domboka – cc$5
Wed 4, 6pm, Main Stage: SOUNDGAZE THEATRE: ‘Moving Images of Marie in Woyzeck’ (adapted and directed by Juanita Chitepo), featuring MICHAEL KUDAKWASHE, NQOBIZITHA DUBE and JUANITA CHITEPO and live music by ITHEMBALETHU Academy For The Performing Arts, with musical direction by FILBERT MAROVA and mbira by JAMES MUJURU (NB: for audiences aged 16 and over). cc$5
Wed 4, 8pm, Main stage: GARY TIGHT with the “Ndazonyora Tour” – back-to-back with Ras Caleb “TOKWE MKOSI”, backed by the Tight family – cc$5
Thu 5, 7pm, MANNENBERG JAZZ CLUB @ Book Café presents: JOSH MECK ‘THE RETURN’ welcoming the dynamic young bassist and composer Josh Meck home from Jozi where he has been proudly flying the flag for Zimbabwe. Noted as the next great afrojazz artist to come out of Zimbabwe and opening with one of the hottest young guitarists around SILENT NQO, this show promises ‘fire’ and is not to be missed! cc$10
Fri 6, 8pm, Main Stage: MBIRA KUMACHEMBERE BIRA – NYAMASVISVA ne MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA and MHARE DZENHARE – a great traditional music experience, a must-see for all visitors to Zimbabwe – cc$5
Sat 7, 2-5pm, Main Stage: HOUSE OF HUNGER POETRY SLAM – The long-running slam platform welcomes poets from all over Zimbabwe who continue to surprise! Come feel the energy! – cc$1
Sat 7, 6pm, Main Stage: SOUNDGAZE THEATRE: ‘Moving Images of Marie in Woyzeck’ (adapted and directed by Juanita Chitepo), featuring MICHAEL KUDAKWASHE, NQOBIZITHA DUBE and JUANITA CHITEPO and live music by ITHEMBALETHU Academy For The Performing Arts, with musical direction by FILBERT MAROVA and mbira by JAMES MUJURU (NB: for audiences aged 16 and over). cc$5
Sat 7, 8pm, CHIKWATA.263 – After a short break Zimbabwe’s lively mbira-punk group is back at Book Café! Featuring Tom Brickhill, Hector Mugani, Ray Mupfumira and Bled Chimanga; opening with DIMITRI & THE SCARECROW – 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
http://www.panorama.co.zw/ – for news about the Creative Sector in Zimbabwe
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
http://harare.usembassy.gov/amb_speeches/three-years-in-zimbabwe-how-i-see-young-people-building-a-better-country.html – Positive outlook from outgoing Ambassador Charles Ray
LAUNCH OF A VIRTUAL LECTURE HALL at the UNIVERSITY OF ZIMBABWE
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
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,