Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The Real Housewives of Harare

It’s election season in Zimbabwe, and so, as before, the State has engaged in ‘urban renewal’ by ‘cleaning the streets.’ Under British rule, today’s Zimbabwean women fought for the right to move about in public. The colonial administration used the “immorality and prostitution of native women” as an alibi for draconian, repressive measures against “native

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Tendai Maraire: “Boom is me throwing a punch at those that still disrespect Zimbabwean music”

When Tendai Maraire broke down his Pungwe mixtape for us last year. I remember when Zimbabwe gained independence. My mother had a big party at the house in Seattle — with all her friends, Zimbabwean and American. My uncle,...

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

‘Syn City’ Harare

Zimbabwe is a paradox. A country riddled with contradictions. While the often unpalatable and sometimes hair-raising stories are making news, the stories of everyday people of Zimbabwe are less reported, if not altogether the country’s best kept...

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The 19th New York African Film Festival: ‘Playing Warriors’

It’s not hard to see why Rumbi Katedza’s first feature has been described as a Zimbabwean ‘Sex and the City’. Four high-flying twenty-something women spend a good chunk of the movie hanging out in trendy Harare bars...

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

No Comment

Jamaican-American singer Sean Kingston (of ‘Beautiful Girl’ fame) was in Zimbabwe last week. Reviews are rather mixed. I hope he spared the audience his rendition of “No Woman, No Cry”: –Tom Devriendt

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

“You no longer need your calculators to go for lunch in Harare”

As 42 opposition activists were facing treason charges in Zimbabwe for watching video footage of the Egyptian democracy protests, the Financial Times sent Alec Russell, its comment and analysis editor, down to Harare to interview Morgan Tsvangirai,...

Friday, February 4th, 2011

My Brother’s Keeper

Zimbabwean rapper/MC/poet UpMost aka My Brother’s Keeper shares his ‘Lost for Words’, recorded in Harare by Magee McIlvaine for Nomadic Wax. - Tom Devriendt