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Andy Muridzo Just Too Good - A Serious Threat To Jah Prayzah!

When I watched Andy Muridzo performing live in Bulawayo, it became clear why Jah Prayzah could not tolerate him – the guy is just too good.

Jah Prayzah and his Military Touch Movement should be forgiven for somehow frustrating Andy out of their record label because he was a threat. Who would want to equip and nurture their biggest threat and risk being made obsolete at the end?

MTM should actually be commended for letting Andy go because he is finally out of his shell.

Andy and Jah Prayzah are alike - the only difference is that the other one has made it big with corporates and big names buying in while the other is struggling and is still trying to make a name for himself. With the same style (both play the mbira) and similar band compositions with a military touch – it's difficult to be a fan of Jah Prayzah and not fall for Andy. Take it this way - Jah Prayzah is Castle Lager and Andy is Castle Lite.

In fact, if one watches Andy live in action – like I did on Saturday evening – they may even have a change of heart and consider having Andy on top of their playlist simply because Andy is very talented and is a complete package.
Andy Muridzo Just Too Good - A Serious Threat To Jah Prayzah!
Complete package because he does not only perform his tracks but shows his versatility by cutting across genres – performing reggae, dancehall and even Bulawayo oldies. This definitely makes his set unique as he, over the years, has mastered the art of captivating crowds – when they seem bored by some of his songs that they do not know yet – he turns up the heat by ably performing dancehall hits.

During his performance at Club Connect on Saturday, Andy showed many that he was a man on a mission. Here was a man who had been setback by MTM and dancer Bev Sibanda but was not willing to let these hiccups bring him down as he desperately wants to reclaim his rightful slot.

Performing nonstop for a solid three hours, Andy, who started off performing for a handful of people at 11PM ended up with a full house by 1AM as his voice, which could be heard from outside – attracted more and more people.

The show had been poorly marketed – likely because the promoter felt Andy – since he is not known by many people – did not have the potential to bring in numbers. Well, they were wrong because he attracted a decent paying crowd.

Performing some songs from his new album – Munondo and fusing them with hits – Dherira and Dhafu Dunda from his previous albums, Andy and his Jeetaz Band got the nod they needed in the city. And, they left quite rich as a lot of 2 Bond notes were thrown their way each time he, his dancers or lead guitarist wowed the audience.

The band, also hungry for fame and success put up a spirited show as their energy was felt in the audience that was on their feet for the better part of the show. The female backing vocalist – the only one for now as the other recently gave birth – also captivated the male patrons with her sweet voices, dances and beauty.

Andy on his part – showed off his talent by ably imitating Jah Prayzah's voice when he performed the track – Chekeche in which Jah Prayzah and his Military Touch Movement artistes are featured.

One could have been forgiven for vouching that Jah Prayzah was in the club as Andy mimicked him well. As if that was not enough, he went on to fuse reggae and dancehall into his set by performing tracks from artistes – Busy Signal, Lucky Dube and a plethora of Zimdancehall hits. Quite a show off he is.

Conscious of the city he was performing in, Andy threw in renditions of Lovemore Majaivana into his performance, sending the crowd into a frenzy. The crowd reciprocated by throwing more money onto the stage with some taking selfies with him.

All in all, Andy, who left for Goromonzi just after the show, has a bright future ahead of him as things seem to be looking up for him. All he needs now is a professional management that will ensure that he does not make misguided decisions. To his credit, Munondo album is a masterpiece that will likely take him places especially tracks Petunia and Maidei.

Source - Chronicle

Strive Masiyiwa To Contest For Zimbabwe Presidency 'Fake News'

A fake e-mail is making rounds on social media, claiming that Econet Wireless founder and Executive Chairman, Dr Strive Masiyiwa has called for a Press Conference tomorrow.

A media invitation is doing the rounds informing journalists of a press conference at which business mogul Masiyiwa is to launch a new political party, United Democratic Movement (UDM).

The press conference is said to have been called for by South African based businessman Mutumwa Mawere, it reads in part, "Agenda: Notifying the nation of the coming in of business mogul Strive Masiyiwa into the country's politics as president of United Movement for Democracy Party. Speakers: UMD Party Secretary General, Aaron Muzungu and;: Mutumwa Mawere."

In 2017, Masiyiwa put to rest speculation touting him as a possible 2018 presidential candidate saying he has no political ambitions.

Social media reports had suggested that Mr Masiyiwa, among other top businessmen who include James Makamba, Antony Mandiwanza and Calisto Jokonya, was one of the individuals some alleged disgruntled war veterans were backing to contest the presidential election in 2018.

Masiyiwa many times has shot down these claims on him having any political ambitions.
Strive Masiyiwa To Contest For Zimbabwe Presidency 'Fake News'
In 2017, writing on Facebook, Mr Masiyiwa said he had never harboured any political ambitions.

In July 2017, Econet Wireless distanced Mr Masiyiwa from a fake facebook account, liberty party, which had been posting messages and statements of a political nature.

In a statement, Econet Wireless assured stakeholders that Mr Masiyiwa did not have any links with the account.

South Africa based businessman Mutumwa Mawere who is also listed as a speaker dismissed the e-mail as "fake new."

Stuart Ziwewe twitted that @StriveMasiyiwa has always brushed aside prospects of getting into politics. He is very popular though and it would be interesting if he comes in.

Below is the invite from MediaCentre Info email address info2 [at] mediacentrezim.com.
Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to attend a Press Conference tomorrow to be addressed by Strive Masiyiwa's political party United Movement for Democracy (UMD).

Details are as follows:

Agenda: Notifying the nation of the coming in of business mogul Strive Masiyiwa into the country's politics as president of United Movement for Democracy Party

Speakers: UMD Party Secretary General, Aaron Muzungu and Mutumwa Mawere

Date: 6 April 2018 Time: 1030hrs

Venue: Media Centre, 2nd Floor Bothwell House, 66 Jason Moyo Avenue, cnr. First Street/Jason Moyo Avenue.

Source - Byo24News

After Months of Inauguration, President Mnangagwa ‘Homeless’ As Mugabe Refuses To Vacate State House – Report

President Emmerson Mnangagwa remains a ‘homeless’ head of state even after his inauguration last November.

Mnangagwa took over from Mugabe after a military coup which ended the latter’s almost four decade rule in power. Months later it has emerged that Mugabe and his wife Grace are refusing to vacate the state house.
After Months of Inauguration, President Mnangagwa ‘Homeless’ As Mugabe Refuses To Vacate State House – Report
The local Daily News reports that the Mugabes have refused to remove their property, including other valuables to pave way for Mnangagwa.

Mugabe recently came out in the media saying the ‘disgraceful’ coup which removed him, must be undone. “I say it was a coup d’etat – some people have refused to call it a coup d’etat,” said Mugabe.

‘I’m Not An Idiot,’ Robert Mugabe Tells President Mnangagwa As Tensions Escalate

Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, who turned 94 years recently, has reportedly expressed his bitterness over the “way he was toppled”, saying he is not ready for talks with his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mugabe said this as the rift between him and Mnangagwa was said to be “escalating”.

According to the privately-owned Standard newspaper, Mugabe vowed that he would never negotiate with Mnangagwa to find “common ground”.

Mugabe’s 37-year rule came to an end on November 15 following a military operation, which some praised as a “bloodless correction”.
‘I’m Not An Idiot,’ Robert Mugabe Tells President Mnangagwa As Tensions Escalate
The nonagenarian was in the news recently, with reports saying that he was backing a new party called the National Patriotic Front (NPF) led by former cabinet minister Ambrose Mutinhiri.

Mutinhiri, a veteran of the 1970s war against white minority rule, met Mugabe a few weeks ago before announcing he had formed the new political outfit.

The Standard quoted Mutinhiri over the weekend as saying it that he did not see Mugabe and Mnangagwa “smoking the peace pipe” together.

Mutinhiri reportedly cited Mugabe as saying: “ED (Mnangagwa) thinks I am an idiot.

“How does he think I believe their claim that they are about upholding the legacy of the president, my legacy, when I’m down because of them and when they have been dragging me in the mud?

“People, especially in Zanu-PF, want honest holders of the legacy of the presidentand they condemn hypocrisy, they condemn military brutality against the people.

“ED says he wants me to endorse him, what will I be endorsing? Hypocrisy? Brutality against the people?

This came as the privately-owned Daily newspaper said over the weekend that a former minister in Mugabe’s government had persuaded the veteran politician to meet with Mnangagwa in a bid to settle issues.

The deal, the report said, involved bringing Mugabe as a ruling party “elder” to back Mnangagwa.

“The deal involves Mugabe settling into the rhythm of private life as a hero of the revolution and father of his country, and embracing the Mnangagwa administration and coming to terms with it as well as giving it stability and direction when asked,” the report said.

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