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Yes, your baby can swim!
Eliya! Ready! Go!” I commanded firmly and she was...
Shoe dye scams in CBD
As the unemployment rate across our country continues to...
Get your goat at Gava’s
Gava’s restaurant in Belgravia Sports Club at the top...
2015 City budget consultations set to start
The first of Harare’s 2015 budget consultative meetings is...
Friday market at Amanzi
Clean living is the name of the game at...
Better days for passport applicants
The Harare Passport Office, long dreaded by passport seekers...
September brings you Shoko Festival
Shoko Festival returns this September to kick off summer...
Harare’s fiber network opens up MOOCs to residents
What is a MOOC? MOOC stands for Massive Open...
Hats off to Café Nush
I’m something of a regular at Café Nush, often...
The ups and downs of imported cars
Second-hand cars have been coming into Zimbabwe to be...
Carving a new chapter for Chapungu
One of the country’s foremost art and sculpture venues,...
Borehole owners share water
Residents in Belvedere and several other neighbourhoods across the...
Local DJ RayDiz to compete in Las Vegas
Upcoming local disk jockey (DJ) RayDiz (real name Rayhaan...
Council takes control of Easipark
Council last month resolved to put in place an...
Agri show starts tomorrow
The 104th Harare Agricultural show is set to run...
Cooking the green way
As power shortages continue to worsen in Harare, residents...
Doctor endangers public in Mabelreign
The corner of Kirkman Road and Sherwood Drive in...
Deposit ‘too high’ for new Budiriro houses
City of Harare is reportedly struggling to find suitable...
Sankukai karate training starts in Harare
Shihan (master instructor) Barry Stranack 8th Dan is well...
Goat markets go unregulated
Beyond the havoc and commotion of travellers waiting for...
Talking Twitter with SirNige – July Edition
Despite the silence on #SalaryGate issue lately, the challenges...
A comparative look at bank charges
Continuing with the theme of what to consider when...
Why was Councillor Mbanga handed a box of roots?
Councillor Chris Mbanga was presented with a box of...
A long hard ride against poaching
Zimboundary is a made up of two cyclists who...
Full strength SA and Aussie teams to play in Harare
Harare Sports Club will play host to its most...
The Pointe – busy and for good reason
In these financially stressed times I have, in vain,...
Clean and Green Zimbabwe- new recycling initiative launches
A new recycling company Clean and Green Zimbabwe was...
Wrought iron artists bring metal to life
Travelling from the National Sports Stadium towards the city...
A ray of hope for Zimbabwean golf
The esteemed Hatcliffe Girls Development Trust (HGDT) that brought...
Vital repairs at the National Gallery
Artists, art lovers, and gallery goers in general who...
Verandah Gallery Charity Exhibition, 27 July
For 100 years, Emerald Hill Children’s Home has been...
Musicians play second fiddle to preachers
Some street corners in Harare’s CBD, that used to...
Press Release: Vagina Monologues author lands in Harare tomorrow
Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, activist, author...
Long Time Coming : Short Writings From Zimbabwe
There is more to Zimbabwe than is often portrayed...
Naked cables pose a danger
City residents have raised their concerns over exposed ZESA...
Council hears committee findings on water loan abuse
The special committee tasked with assessing the appropriateness of...
What to consider when choosing or losing a bank Part 2
In the first part of this two-part series we...
Telecel introduces debit card for Telecash users
Telecel Zimbabwe has become the first mobile phone operator...
Students build environmental app
Students from the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) have...
Day in the life: Kombi driver
Over the last few years kombi drivers have become...
Ward 11; Meet your councillor
Ward 11 is one of four wards that contain...
Know your ward 4 and 11, Mbare
Wards 4 and 11 stretch from Coventry Road in...
Residents switch to gas
Failure by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) to...
Pimp my Kombi
Due to increasing competition in the kombi business many...
Herbal medicines gaining acceptance
Many people across the city are using the services...
Urban ecosytems under siege
The burning of vleis and grasslands in Harare reaches...
Coventry starts Rio 2016 Olympic Training
Kirsty Coventry, Africa’s most decorated Olympian, has started preparing...
Getting your child online safely
What is the right age for someone to start...
Aloe Congress shows human – plant relationships
Shaped by suffering” is how South African botanist Ernst...
City owed $253 million
City of Harare (CoH) recently revealed that it is...
Prescription drug abuse on the rise
The abuse of drugs and prescription medicines is on...
Junior Council celebrates World Day against Child Labour
On Saturday 14 June 2014, the Harare City Junior...
Council threatens dog licence crack down
City of Harare last month said that it will...
MEAG Cleans up Elizabeth Windsor Road
Elizabeth Windsor Road in Marlborough is a busy thoroughfare...
Anniversary issue out today
Dear reader, It’s our birthday! It’s been twelve months...
Know you rivers: Causeway River
Historically the Causeway River was a lifeline – it...
Spare parts cons in Kaguvi Street
A catch line for a certain motor spares company...
Ward 18: Meet your Councillor
To most of his friends and colleagues he is...
Ward 18: Know your ward
Ward 18 is in the north east of Harare,...
Morton Jaffray upgrade ahead of schedule says Council
Council says that the water and sanitation rehabilitation project...
Time to enforce smoking laws in Harare?
It is peak hour in Harare CBD. The streets...
Road Port opens another branch in High Glen
A new inter-city bus terminal has been established adjacent...
Xerophytica 2014 – Plants for our future
The Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe is...
Artist in Profile: Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude
Art for Nyaude can be said to be a...
CBD toilets inadequate and poorly maintained
Harare has a population of more than 2 million...
A Financial View: Choosing a Bank Part 1
In many countries, the banker-customer relationship has reached a...
Dinner at Spice Lounge
As my favorite Indian restaurant in Harare has of...
Book Launch tomorrow: A Hippo Love Story by Karen Paolillo
Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe, Mashonaland Branch is hosting Karen...
Playground upgrade sponsored by Unilever
Unilever has embarked on a programme to rehabilitate the...
Education in the digital era
The emergence of the internet has brought efficiencies to...
Harare looks to build on tourism awards
The fortunes of Harare are set to improve if...
Church to spend $370,000 on community boreholes
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints...
Highlights from the world of 263Chat: May Edition
A pertinent question after reports of vehicle purchases for...
Tikki Hywood Trust – Protecting our pangolins
WHO walks on two legs has the eye of...
Computers donated to Mabelreign District Office
City of Harare’s Mabelreign district offices yesterday received a...
Literary conversation with Valerie Tagwira
Uncertainty of Hope, published in 2006 by Weaver Press,...
Water debate boils in Borrowdale
Residents of Ward 18 in the northern suburbs of...
Miombo Magic, our community festival
The third ever Miombo Magic music festival took place...
Women’s network linking and sharing for business
It’s been some time since Angels Online gave up...
Council probes luxury vehicle spend
Council has appointed a five member committee to investigate...
Residents complain about dumping fees
Residents from a cross-section of Harare northern suburbs have...
Online backup solutions ensure file safety
“My documents will not open, a virus has attacked...
Kombi robberies increase
There have been an alarming number of robberies on...
Homefields Centre determined to break world record
Homefields Centre, a home for the mentally challenged, will...
Carriage Halt falters
Nestled in the shadow of the Avondale Police Station...
Market rejects sack potatoes
In the February issue of Harare News, we reported...
Some practical money saving tips
In these days of the fearsome liquidity crunch that...
Kombi’s hike fares to compensate for heavy policing
Kombis plying some City routes have increased fares by...
How safe is your water?
Human bodies are made up of around 75% water....
Harare Hockey League busy but under resourced
The Harare Hockey League is struggling to flourish into...
Pesticides: Know what you’re eating
Recent tests carried out by the Zimbabwe Organic Producers...
What’s that building? Eastgate Mall
Finding termites building huge mounds in rural areas seems...
Solidarity gathering at Nigerian Embassy
A Bring Back Our Girls solidarity gathering was held...
Putting crows on our payroll
Crows are a fairly ubiquitous feature of our city’s...
City to increase twins
Harare continues to enjoy healthy bilateral relations as demonstrated...
Turning Avondale Green makes its mark
Avondale residents last week met at the Avondale shopping...
Vandana Shiva to visit Harare
As Zimbabweans become increasingly concerned about the links between...
Creativity in Newlands at Koovha Creative Hub
With a view to providing a space for artistic...
Yolanda Mubaiwa: Daring to dream and conquer
It is said that enough hard work beats talent...
Harare International Carnival promises excitement
The renamed Harare International Carnival (HIC) will roar into...
Cynthia Mare in Mother’s Day show
Multi award-winning afro-fusion sensation Cynthia Mare is set to...
Highlights from the world of #263Chat: April Edition
This is the second installment of the #263Chat column...
National Gallery invites students to exhibit
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) is inviting young...
Council installs solar street lights
City of Harare has installed four solar powered street...
Prince Edward take down Lomagundi in tournament first encounter
The Tigers of Prince Edward subdued Lomagundi High School...
Ward 5: Know your ward
Ward 5 is one of the most diverse in...
Ward 5: Meet Your Councillor
A ‘fire brand politician’ is how some of her...
Painting Mbare’s Heroes
Mbare, one of Harare’s oldest ghettos, has seen its...
HIFA Youth Zone grooms next generation of festival goers
It’s not just adults who are well catered to...
Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival starts with new outlook
The annual Schools Rugby Festival, which this year changed...
HIFA Day 2 Review
Day two of HIFA was full of interesting shows...
Gallery: Blended 328 @ HIFA
Country funk band Blended 328 took to main stage...
May issue out!
Issue number 10 of Harare News is out, putting...
Council demolishes illegal structures at ranks
City of Harare has started the demolition of illegal...
HIFA Day 1 Review
Day One of HIFA 2014 got off to a...
Stealing water from beneath our feet
Every service breakdown in Zimbabwe produces its own brand...
HIFA switches on tonight!
The much awaited Harare International Festival of the Arts...
Know your rivers: The Umwindsi
How many rivers are left in the city that...
Completion of kombi holding bay stalled
Nearly two years after the City of Harare proposed...
Artist profile: Misheck Masamvu
Born: 1980 Penhalonga, Mutare Lives and Works: Harare Started...
Outdoor advertising on the increase
Harare is infested with billboards. Stretches of roads like...
Guest acts announced for Tuku’s Greatest Hits concert
The much awaited Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi’s Greatest Hits Concert...
Funky bins create green supply chain
Remember the ‘funky bins’ at HIFA last year? They...
Reggae outfit Black Supremacy praises Red Fox
Kenyan reggae outfit Black Supremacy who were in Harare...
City of Harare’s sources of finance
In order to finance its ongoing activities across the...
Car disposal a looming calamity
The proliferation of used cars in Harare is a...
Tom’s top hot cross buns
Hot Cross buns make the perfect subject for this...
Take a trip to Mukuvisi
Mukuvisi Woodland is one of the few places in...
Video: Preview of HIFA 2014 musicians
This is a playlist of videos of this year’s...
Harare International Carnival looking green
City of Harare and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA)...
Know your ward: Ward 16 in Harare West
Ward 16 comprises suburbs Greencroft, Sunrise, Sunridge, Ridgeway, Mabelreign,...
Ward 16: Meet your councillor, Lancelot Mudavanhu
Many politicians claimed power from popularity in their constituencies...
Your Gig Guide for the long weekend
As we celebrate 34 years of independence along with...
The Fishmonger: Lacking shine but still popular
  The Fishmonger in Avondale has been going for...
Avondale’s hidden Eden
Florence Chisholm Park, otherwise known as Avondale Park, is...
Nehanda as a white man? ‘Lovers in Time’ historical comedy set for HIFA
A play that celebrates the life of First Chimurenga...
In the line of fire: Edmore Mawindo
Being a security guard is hardly a fun profession....
Managing your generator: cleaner air, less noise
Electricity, or rather the lack of it, is an...
Low quality bricks: a false economy
The number of low quality bricks flooding the market...
Sale of illicit beer on the rise at commuter ranks
The sale of alcohol popularly known as cranko (spirits),...
A Memory This Size: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013
The quality of the Caine Prize anthologies is always...
Mufakose cleans up its act
The Mufakose residential area, one of the oldest ghettos...
HIFA programme announced
It’s that time of the year again where art...
The Caddy or the Cart?
Harare is something of a dream city for golfers,...
Traffic Safety Council to launch holiday campaign
Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) is set to...
Fans to select Tuku songs
Renowned musician Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi will treat his fans...
Highlights from the world of #263Chat: March edition
Back in October we introduced you to Sir Nige,...
How to HIFA
The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) is...
Table Tennis tournament for U18s this Saturday
Harare Table Tennis Association (HTTA) will host an Under...
School kids invited to create ‘up-cycled’ fashion for HIFA & Euro tour
School kids across the country are being called upon...
Econet launches third mobi-money service
In the race to control the mobi-money market, Econet...
Cell phone cons in Harare
Tendai Humba’s* dream of owning a smart phone turned...
April issue out!
Dear Reader, We’ve been rather concerned down at Harare...
Clean-up at Kamfinsa
Miracle Missions came together with local businesses and residents...
Lack of ramps hindering access for the disabled
Being disabled is not easy in Harare’s Central Business...
Churchill receives boost from Nashua
Nashua Zimbabwe yesterday donated a new rugby kit to...
Sanitary lanes a cover for dark deeds
Sanitary lanes, popularly known as mikoto in the Central...
What is an Environmental Impact Assessment?
Residents often find projects sprouting up in their neighbourhoods...
Da Eros – A hearty Italian spot for families
On our way to Belgravia for lunch at Da...
Harare Central Hospital gets a donation
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday handed over...
Prince Edward wins Sevens tournaments
Prince Edward School basked in glory as they took...
Mbare bio-digester to transform organic waste
Plans to construct an 800m3 bio-digester in Mbare are...
$50m needed to revamp streetlights
It takes courage and determination to walk on Harare’s...
Solar power to heat college water
Harare Institute of Technology’s (HIT) halls of residence are...
What’s that building: the Railway Station
If you go up the Harare kopje and gaze...
The changing face of Greendale
Residents in the Greendale area will no doubt have...
Meet Chirikure Chirikure: wordsmith
One of Zimbabwe’s most renowned poets, with work published...
Birds to see in your Harare garden
In this wonderful, bird-friendly country with its total of...
Ward 41: meet your councillor
One of only six women in Harare’s City Council,...
National Gallery celebrates Women’s Day
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) last week launched...
NIAA runs educational workshops
To help teachers prepare students for the annual Speech...
Vendors head to the tobacco auction floors
Tobacco sales floors have attracted more than just tobacco...
Birdlife Zimbabwe goes technical
Birdlife Zimbabwe has firmly entered the digital age with...
Harare artists in profile: Virginia Chihota
At the age of 30, Virginia Chihota can be...
Female touts on the rise
The trade of touting has long been dominated by...
Francophonie Week comes to Harare
A host of different events will be giving a...
Homefields needs a helping hand
The Homefields Centre, a home for the mentally challenged,...
This September Sun by Bryony Rheam
This September Sun is a searing account of family...
Makusha eyes World Indoor Champs medal
Churchill High School old boy, track and field star...
Mindfulness and the art of being happy
We all want to be happy, but often we...
Harare’s dancehall square off
Shoko Festival ambassadors Peace Ndlovu a.k.a Ba Shupi and...
New currencies: a layman’s view
Concern from a cross section of residents and small...
Junior golfers hope to shine in SA
Zimbabwe’s leading amateur golfer Stuart Krog intensified his preparations...
Ambitious new arts space opens in Glen Lorne
The inaugural exhibition of Harare’s newest arts space opened...
March issue out now
Dear Reader, Running a monthly community newspaper in Harare...
What’s that building?
It might not be quite in the mould of...
Three Decades in the Long Grass by Duncan Clarke and Babette van Gessel
Three Decades in the Long Grass chronicles the story...
DV8 – Kamfinsa’s upmarket family steak house
I chose DV8 for a date because it was...
Artists to get financial training at HIFA
Old Mutual has teamed up with HIFA to give...
Creating a hub for techies
Technologists are by nature innovators and it’s this mentality...
Mokoomba bids farewell to Harare
Widely traveled afro-fusion group Mokoomba sampled new songs as...
New noise by-laws on horizon
The Mayor of Harare, Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni has mooted...
Domestic exploits: are you being fair?
Employing someone to look after your house, and possibly...
Edgars back in the game
Zimbabwe’s premier retail clothing store Edgars yesterday launched a...
Know your rivers: the Marimba River
We start our journey down the Marimba River at...
How to make Harare great – Part 3: support for change
Having previously seen how to achieve smart growth and...
Harare to withdraw leases of properties built on wetlands
The City of Harare will start cancelling leases of...
Plastic surgeon sets sights on change
All of Harare’s major government hospitals suffer from a...
Man’s best friend or a dangerous animal?
A dog attack is a terrifying and traumatic experience....
1,000km walk against litter
Proudly Zimbabwean Foundation executive trustee Fungai Chiposi last month...
Steam trains return to Harare
106 lucky passengers had a bit of a treat...
Lighting the way
Drive along the north side of the University after...
First Floor Gallery opens Dramascapes
Walking into First Floor Gallery (FFG) last Thursday evening,...
Men for Others at St George’s College
St. George’s College covers 80 hectares of beautiful manicured...
How to get international acts on stage
Treating Harare audiences to acts from around the world...
Shaking it up: top 10 milkshakes according to Tomas
This month I decided that a milkshake challenge was...
Valentine’s in the city
Friday was Valentine’s day, a day well known as...
A cleaner Harare by 2018
City of Harare’s Waste Management Department has unrolled its...
International Children’s Cancer Day this Saturday
Five years ago, Jean’s four year old daughter McKenna...
Coming to Zimbabwe back at Reps Theatre
Following a successful show at last year’s HIFA, Coming...
Ward 8: Meet your councillor
With a political career starting back in 1960, Christopher...
Harare-born rowers qualify for Youth Olympics
Daniella du Toit and Kyle Hinde have made the...
Dance against violence: this Friday at the National Gallery
One in three women will be raped or beaten...
Day in the life of: Airtime vendor, Maxwell
Cell phone usage has grown dramatically in Zimbabwe, and...
Masunda elected HIFA chairperson
Former Harare Mayor Muchadei Masunda is the new Harare...
Rising star Dylan Hondo to emulate brothers
For 18 year-old Harare-born cricketer Dylan Hondo, sports is...
News from the libraries
Harare City Library had to close their Branch Library...
Harare residents talk hopes and dreams for 2014
Joshua Dzerumbaira (29) Cross border trader, Marlborough (pictured above)....
Marlborough joins efforts to save Harare’s wetlands
Residents in the western suburb of Marlborough have stepped...
Netsayi & Black Pressure: tearing it up at Misty’s
New bar-restaurant in Newlands, Misty’s, is appropriately named: dark...
Zim bikers take on Africa’s best
15 of Zimbabwe’s top mountain bikers travelled to Cape...
Coin shortage brings profit opportunity
The multi-currency system used in Zimbabwe is providing people...
Collaboration and connections, Detroit comes to the Delta
Veteran poet Chirikure Chirikure has encouraged artists from different...
Debunking cancer myths at Book Café
Stigma is one of the main reasons why cancer...
Harare artists in profile: Wycliffe Mundopa
At 26, Wycliffe Mundopa is already a veteran painter...
Can Harare make it?
One year on from its declaration that Harare will...
February issue out now
2014 is well and truly rolling– already we’re into...
Car wash blues in the capital
As the economy continues to underperform, unemployment has pushed...
NGZ open doors for designers
National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) has called for local...
Comedian Doc Vikela in debut SA tour
Popular stand up comedian Victor Mpofu a.k.a Doc Vikela...
Illegal dumpers caught
City of Harare (CoH) has apprehended two truckers in...
Arts association pushing for national heritage site status
Tafara Mabvuku Arts Association (TAMAA) has requested that National...
Get snapping Harare
Sitting in an armchair with a cold drink in...
Fast food outlets a time bomb for Harare’s health
The long-term effects of fast food will be a...
How to make Harare great – Part 2
Having previously seen how to achieve smart growth, this...
Who owns the verges?
The City of Harare (CoH) has tabled a new...
Shouting for a living
Touting for passengers, commonly known as chihwindi, might have...
Council and Sports Club team up to save lives
Stanford Rusenza’s house is about ten metres from the...
Arts vital in education
Julia Wharton is a theatre director and an educator...
Mashonaland Turf Club spurs racing revival
The Zimbabwean equine industry – whose first recorded race...
Are clean-ups the answer?
Litter in Zimbabwe has become part and parcel of...
Fashion profile: Sabina Mutsvati
Sabina Mutsvati is a young costume designer on the...
Ready to roll: Tomas Brickhill’s top springrolls
This month I decided to compare takeaway spring rolls...
Youth squash seeing a resurgence
Mashumba Makumba is a squash coach who focuses on...
Meet Blessing ‘Bled’ Chimanga
At just 22, Blessing Chimanga is a highly acclaimed...
Community football at the Italian Club
It’s 6pm on a sultry Tuesday evening in November....
Working in the cloud
This month we delve into what is currently one...
Ward 9: Meet your councillor
For most of his council life, which started five...
How to make Harare great – Part 1
McKinsey & Company, the global consulting firm recently published...
Leonardo’s: brilliant lunchtime value
As chance would have it, I ate at Leonardo’s...
What’s happening on the property market
Many owners and landlords are refusing to face our...
New landfill to replace Pomona Dump
Hard on the heels of the fire that engulfed...
Getting skilled despite the odds
Intellectually challenged youth in Harare have a place to...
Nightmares at the passport office
I had been this way many times before. Applying...
Book Café gives Harare a craft fair
Book Café has teamed up with Zimbabwe Applied Art...
100% local concert
At a time when international artists are flocking to...
Eating the fruits of the season
This time of the year in Zimbabwe Mother Nature...
Comedy fiesta a success
The debut annual Simuka Comedy Fiesta, which ran from...
Where to escape to this Christmas
Domboshava 30 min drive $4 per adult Going north,...
Christmas appeal: St Joseph’s
It is Christmas, a wonderful reason to spend time...
Great Zimbabwean food celebrated
After just four months of organisation, the first Zimbabwe...
Retired or rejected: helping Harare’s elderly
Imagine what it would feel like to be old...
Playing the Old Boys
I have to admit that I was excited by...
A festive time for orphans
After months of careful planning, over 2,400 orphans from...
Books for Christmas
Coming back to Zimbabwe on holiday just before Christmas...
Harare City Library rebooted
After seven months of renovation and upgrading, Harare City...
A festival of edutainment at Morgan High
High school students in Harare stepped up for a...
In tribute to Steve Davies
Steve Davies, the chairman of the Conservation Society of...
The Convert premiers tonight
Following a successful stage reading earlier this year, multi...
A new orchard for Arundel School
The Environment and Wildlife Club members, teachers and ground...
Count down with a festival
Varsity Blues Promotion is launching the first ever Harare...
Zimbabwe International Film Festival starts tomorrow
The annual Zimbabwe International Film Festival is back following...
Festive season officially begins
Harare’s City Fathers yesterday lit the Christmas lights at...
What to do in December…
It’s a busy silly season with a lot of...
Turbulence to rock Harare
Jamaican reggae star Sheldon Campbell a.k.a Turbulence is set to perform...
Mayoress visits children’s medical centre
The Mayoress of Harare Fran Manyenyeni this week went...
Harare hosts performance Biennale
For two weeks last month Harare was alight with...
Harare’s libraries get a book boost
The Australian Embassy has donated $9,000 worth of children’s...
City’s dedicated employees rewarded
City of Harare yesterday held its Milestone Awards ceremony...
Let Them Festival nurtures young talent
Established performers again worked with aspiring young artists at...
Cook Off gets its winner
Eleven weeks and three locations later, the Zimbabwe Cook...
Q the Boss shines at Comedy Festival
Comedians staged a magnificent showcase at the inaugural Rainbow...
Cueing up outside: pool gains popularity in Harare
The game of pool is growing in popularity thanks...
Ambulances: Emergency service or taxi?
A reader wrote in to voice concern over the...
Underage drinking a public health problem
Kevin Dziwa* was watering his garden when he heard...
16 Days of Activism – a line up
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence...
Choosing local: clothing lines from Harare
When one hears about local urban wear in Harare,...
December issue out now
Dear Reader, For Christmas we are very happy to...
Book Review: The Trek & Other Stories by Lawrence Hoba
These ten stories by Zimbabwean author, Lawrence Hoba, form...
City farming: keeping chickens in Harare
Chicken pens and pigsties are not usually sights associated...
‘Know your rivers’ Part Two: the Gwebi River
A story is told that when the founders of...
Changing Zimbabwean theatre: Almasi Arts
Almasi Arts is a new arts organisation founded by...
Zimbabwe Cook Off – semi final
Week 10 of the Zimbabwe Cook Off started three...
Rising up against gender based violence
Today is the start of the global campaign 16...
Marlborough Wetlands: a very public meeting
On Saturday morning the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), in...
Urban agriculture threatened from all sides
Urban farming is an integral part of the lifestyle...
Suburban Safari: Harare’s Creatures of the night
Zimbabwe’s national parks attracts tourists from far and wide,...
Harare’s Mayoress takes maiden disbursement tour
The Mayoress of Harare, Fran Manyenyeni, this week went...
Cresta group unveils holiday packages in its Harare hotels
Hospitality group Cresta has slashed prices for their rooms...
A magnificent meal at La Fontaine
As part of their re-launch after the Meikles’ Hotel...
Embassy of Japan sponsors a training centre in Hatfield
The Embassy of Japan will be aiding the construction...
Harare heading for water crisis
Millions of Harare residents are at risk of waterborne...
Traditional & Organic Food Festival hits Harare in December
Next month Harare will be treated to the first...
Urban Logging – Where are all our trees going?
Have you noticed a big increase lately in the...
Schools are enviro-challenged at Mukuvisi Woodlands
30 schools converged at Mukuvisi Woodlands for their fourth...
Cook Off down to final 3
Two hours after the proposed start, Week 9 of...
US Embassy gives city youth a kicking opportunity
A group of boys who used to play soccer...
Cappuccino controversy: Tomas Brickhill’s Top 10
As yet another South African franchise, Mugg & Bean,...
Battling for immunity at the Cook Off
Week 8 of the Zimbabwe Cook Off took place...
Learning to stop burning: one school’s story
School children from Courtney Selous Primary in Greendale are...
An avian evening of art, wine and conservation at St George’s
BirdLife Zimbabwe hosted an enjoyable evening on Saturday at...
New hope for Harare’s roads
Road maintenance equipment to be used to rehabilitate Harare’s...
Gymnastics fever hits Harare
As we reach the end of 2013 and tortured...
Tech to protect you online
Thank you to everyone for their feedback on last...
Eaglesvale triumph at gala
Eaglesvale Primary swam to victory in the Irvines Friendly...
City of Harare drained by leaks and unpaid bills
City of Harare is reportedly losing 62% of treated...
Rats on the rise?
As garbage increasingly piles up at street corners and...
Skyping art from Harare
Harare-based artists from different genres including poetry, theatre and...
Coventry to open swimming academy
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kirsty Coventry has plans to...
Cook Off nearing its end
Week 7, on 2 November, started with Chef Stephen...
Dealing with noise pollution in Harare
The level of noise pollution in some parts of...
City youths make it happen – a story of triumph over adversity
Xolani Masoka is an inspiring success story – from...
Minister, Mayor, Church and Musician tackle city litter
The Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa’s...
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Chiwonso Maraire has died.

There is shock in Harare, and the social media is awash with loving memories of this great singer. Chiwoniso greeted the world with arms open and she was hugely loved in return. Whichever came first into your life, her music or her person, you might struggle to imagine that there was more to come, but you were wrong. She was warm and beautiful on stage and off.

The role Chi played as an ambassador for our country cannot be overstated. Her collaborations with a diverse array of international musicians has taken mbira music to new heights all across the globe. There is shock and sadness in many other cities and nations too on this day. Habib Koite of Senegal writes on Facebook, ” We’ve lost our dear sister Chiwoniso Maraire from Zimbabwe. May she always be remembered for the great music she made.”

Chi has spent a life surrounded by music. Her father was the highly regarded mbira player and teacher Dumisani Maraire, and she was married to Zimbabwean music legend Andy Brown. Andy passed away last year, which marks yesterday as the loss of a second icon in as many years.

Chi released four albums, the first of which, Ancient Voices (1995), gained her international accolades. This landmark album was followed by Timeless (2004), Hupenyu Kumusha, Life at Home, Impilo Ekhaya. The Collaboration: Volume 1. (2006), and Rebel Woman (2008).

What Chi did for music internationally, she did for Zimbabwean women at home all over again. The mbira is Zimbabwe’s traditional sound, and usually the domain of male musicians. In adopting and transforming mbira music, Chi simultaneously paid homage to her roots, but also pushed the boundaries of traditional society, questioning gender roles and lighting a fire in young women everywhere.

One such young woman who carries the flame ignited by Chi is Hope Masike who expressed her grief and shock on social media last night saying ” Through it all, His mercy endureth forever. Chiwoniso Maraire… I have no idea what to say. Go well. I am hurting. I just thought we still had you for many many years to come.”

An example of Chi’s musical potency is the memory many will have of her performances at HIFA this year, firstly with Chikwata 263, Zimbabwe’s rocking punk-mbira group where she shook up the crowded Coke Green. Though some in the audience might have been taken aback at first, Chi’s enjoyment and ease of performance made the collaboration seem the most natural thing in the world. Her performance embodied her progressive outlook on life and society.

The second performance was with the legendary Baaba Maal of Senegal. It was plain to see that Chi’s spirit had touched this man too when he called her on stage and hugging her as they performed, he was proudly calling her ‘My Sister’. That was the effect Chi had on everybody who was fortunate enough to cross her path.

Chi is an inspiration to so many people, not just musicians. The way she acted and lived by the things that she believed in should jolt our thinking around our different roles in society.

Chi had more to offer, more life to live, and her passing is a tragedy that has broken hearts and will cause some anger and confusion. She died aged 37 at the South  Medical Center in Chitungwiza from a lung infection. The question people are asking today is How and why did this icon slip through the fingers of our nation so quickly and suddenly?

She is survived by two daughters, who today have the condolences of Zimbabweans everywhere. Go well our Rebel Woman.

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