Thu 23, 6pm, CD LAUNCH: QUEEN MASHIE  presents her new album ‘TIME’ – Free, all welcome

Thu 23, 6pm, (Garden Office) –  HARARE OPEN BOOK CLUB – “THE CIRCLE” by David Eggers – “It’s not clear whether The Circle is intended as a satire of the present or a dystopian vision of the near future. Eggers’s writing is so fluent, his ventriloquism of tech-world dialect so light, his denouement so enjoyably inevitable that you forgive the thin characterisation and implausibility of what is really a clever concept novel….” – The Guardian

Thu 23, 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 23, 8pm, QUEEN MASHIE returns to Book Café with a live concert featuring songs from her new album ‘TIME’, and guests artists AMMARA BROWN and BRANDON MVURA – cc$5

Fri 24, 5pm, ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEOS SCREENING –  Come check out some #ZIMBABWEANIMATED MUSIC VIDEOS that have been developed in a project by ‘Zimbabwe Animated’ to help grow the animation sector in Zimbabwe, with support from their partners Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, and the EU Delegation to Zimbabwe – Free, all welcome

Fri 24, 7pm, Garden Stage: MBIRA GARDEN: with NYAMASVISVA & MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA – Opening with MADENDERA ekuMABVAZUVA – 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 24, 8pm, Main Stage: ALEXIO KAWARA & SHADES OF BLACK – Urban soul from this Zimbabwe crowd favourites, delivering a great show of soulful contemporary music – (cc$5 before 9pm, $10 after)

Sat 25, 1-5pm, Garden Stage: JIBILIKA CYPHER! The fastest growing monthly urban arts platform back. Set for Saturday 25th of April at the Book Cafe in the Garden. It promises to be yet another high energy intrigue with performances from hip hop and dancehall dance groups, beatboxers and some singers coupled with positive messages on HIV/AIDS. Brought to you by Jibilika Dance Trust in partnership with Pamberi Trust and supported by the US Embassy’s United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).   Interested artists can register on the day to perform – FREE, ALL WELCOME!

Sat 25, 6pm, Garden Stage:  SECRET GARDEN PARTY – Version 4.0!!!– DJs LDZA, LAZA’R’US, LUTULI, LENI & More – cc$5

Sat 25, 8pm, Main Stage: 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) and the return of Mannex Motsi (vocals) – a delight for reggae-lovers across the board – cc$5

Sunday 26, 2-7pm, THE DUB POETS SOCIETY – strictly rub-a-dub!  Prepare for some ‘dubeducation’ with local poets and Selekta Irie Lion on decks. – FREE!


Mon 27, LOFA Opening Ceremony at the 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 – Artists to register with the MC before 6pm – FREE, ALL WELCOME!   ++ Plus plus MONDAY BEER SPECIAL: ‘2for$3′ on all local beers

Tue 28, 2pm – ZIMURA invites artists, arts practitioners and the general public to an introduction to the new Music Hub Application in Zimbabwe ‘MHANZI APP’.  The Zimbabwe Music Rights Association has developed a mobile application that will enable artists to sell their music on internet through their phones.  Before its official launch, ZIMURA introduces the MHANZI App to demonstrate how it works and get views from different stakeholders in the industry to help improve the Application.  Free, all welcome.

Tue 28, 7pm, LOFA: TIGHT FATHER & SON – Willom and Gary Tight join forces for a live concert, encompassing a whole history of music in this family, with fresh new tracks yet to be released – cc$5

Wed 29, 6pm, Main Stage: KUNZWANA #1 – Documentary CD Launch and Handover – recordings of Kunzwana #1 in live concerts on tour in Southern Africa in May and in Austria in July 2014, this documentary CD is dedicated to two key figures in ongoing cultural exchange between Austria and Zimbabwe, the late Keith Goddard (1960-2009) and Paul Brickhill (1958-2014).  The event will screen images of the Kunzwana #1 tour from its start in the Tonga village of Siachilaba, Binga, along with photos by women of Siachilaba introduced to the art of photography by Annie Mpalume and Calvin Dondo.  Presented by the Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association (AZFA) and Pamberi Trust, with support from the Austrian Honorary Consulate in Harare.

Wed 29, 8pm, Garden Stage: THA REGGAE DJs with FYAH LYNX Sound – cc$5

Wed 29, LOFA: 8pm, Main Stage: VICTOR KUNONGA & NORMAN MASAMBA: ‘ACOUSTIC’  – Zimbabwe’s rising star, multi-instrumentalist, master lyricist and champion for peace, delivers his usual excellent performance – this time a rare acoustic performance with his lead guitarist NORMAN MASAMBA – Expect the best.  Not to be missed! – cc$5

Thu 30, 5pm, TANGANYIKA DISCUSSION with Prof. Mandivamba Rukuni – Free, all welcome

Thu 30, 8pm, Main Stage: LOFA – ‘SYLENT NQO’ & Friends – gifted young guitarist, backed by other talented young African musicians, afrocentric with many different influences; a vivid delivery by this young group – ‘knocking’ [Nqo!] on your door! – cc$5

Fri 01 May, 7pm, Garden Stage: DJ Party “MAY DAY MADNESS” – cc$5

Fri 01, 8pm, Main Stage: LOFA: NYAMASVISVA neMAWUNGIRA eNHARIRA & GAHAMADZE neMBIRA dzeNHARIRA – two of Zimbabwe’s top mbira ensembles in an unforgettable double-bill –  a must-see for all visitors to Harare! cc$10 – A JIVE FRIDAY!

[Sat 02, Please note there will be NO POETRY SLAM today (moved to Sat 9 May, and Sistaz Open Mic to 16 May)]

Sat 02, 8pm, Main Stage: LOFA: ‘PAW PAW JAM INTERNATIONAL’ – with dynamic entertainer BA SHUPI !!  and guests – cc$5

Sat 02, 8pm, Garden stage: 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) and the return of Mannex Motsi (vocals) – a delight for reggae-lovers across the board – cc$5

Sun 03, 2-7pm, Garden Stage: LOFA: ‘THE DUB POETS SOCIETY’ – strictly rub-a-dub!  Zimbabwe’s only regular weekly dub poetry session, featuring popular poets – FREE!


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