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Big names attract big things: Hoza Friday, Zimbabwe

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 One of the big bosses of Cape Town, Mr Jimmy Jimalo


By Donna Kays

This week I had the rare opportunity to interview one of the big bosses of Cape Town, Mr Jimmy Jimalo, an  astute gentleman who has travelled, lived and worked all across the world.

His unique life experiences have exposed him to different cultures and beliefs that ended up inspiring him to venture into a business, promoting our own Zimbabwean culture. “There is no doubt ours is pretty remarkable. Zimbabweans are a unique, humble, hardworking and determined folks. “he said.

“While we have our own challenges as a nation, we have a lot to be grateful about and take great pride of our home country.” He said that wherever he lays his head, home occupies his heart and thoughts. Mr JJ, as I like calling him chooses to spread the Zimbo love through all his business ventures.

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Jimmy Jimalo Bar and Grill was established in 2012 and has been receiving an overwhelming response from the customers. The concept was originally to provide a true Zimbabwean experience through food, beverage and music, but as it turns out, their traffic has been derived from, ordinary Zimboz who miss home, foreign nationals, tourists and locals alike appreciating our Zim based African cuisine and entertainment.

At Jimalo’s they constantly host prominent figures who share their quest for a true African experience. “I’m especially passionate about culinary arts and music so at Jimmy Jimalo Bar and Grill we’re are a fusion of these two things that are close to my heart, says Mr JJ.

On a good day, dinners will find Zimbabwean celebrity at the establishment. His music interest stretches from the time that he worked behind the scenes with artistes like Mukanya (Thomas Mapfumo) back in the days.

Which makes him a musician too. However, he is now more concerned about giving talented local musicians a chance to be heard and expose Zimbabwean music to other countries, owing to the fact that the industry is indeed growing, just like other nations.

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Jimalo meets Sizzla Kalonji


They have in the past, hosted a list of endless prominent figures and artists at Jimmy’s, the like of Prof Jonathan Moyo, Dr Philip Chiyangwa ,Thomas Mapfumo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Alick Macheso, Dino Mudondo, Sir Bede, King Labash, Freeman, Shinsoman, Lady Squanda, Tocky Vibes, Soul Jah Love, Bounty Lisa, Jah Prayzah, Killer T, Princo Spice, Seh Calaz, Judgement Yard, Dj Stavo, Simba Saini, Guspy Warrior, Bev, just to mention, but a few.

“As a matter of fact, I could count just a handful that have not graced us with their presence.” Mmm I sense a bit of some bragging there, but rightfully so. When you know your thing, you know your thing, what can I say?

The entertainment genius decided to tone down by saying: “This opportunity has significantly elevated our brand to a great level in entertainment. I believe it’s more of relationship that we’ve created as we engage in strengthening brand Zimbabwe. I’m truly passionate about entertainment, my desire is to promote and uplift upcoming artists throughout the continent especially those from the region.”

“So what does the future have in store for the JJ brand?” I asked. “The future sees our Jimmy Jimalo Brand expanding into a great empire. No doubt that this year has been quite exciting for us. The year of aggressive expansion has been quite interesting.

“However, the opening of our new establishment Copacabana Cafe is a step in that direction. We are also venturing into other fields of business that compliment what we are already doing. As a matter of fact, we’re in the final stage of launching our Jimmy Jimalo Vodka, Jimmy Jimalo Chenin Blanc (Dry White wine) and Jimmy Jimalo Merlot/Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Red Wine)”.

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Spellbinding, isn’t it? But wait, here’s more… “Our long- awaited Jimmy Jimalo Tours and Travel business project will start operating in May 2017. A couple of years behind schedule. This project will provide long-distance time-efficient bus services to all major cities within the southern region. With our headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe the company will operate its service covering the entire Southern African region. There will also shuttle/drop off service that will run off the main express buses to allow passengers hassle-free travel to their neighbourhood.

Jimmy Jimalo Express Cargo Service will run concurrently with the tour and travels and will be set up adjacent to all terminals and function 24 hours a day, providing safe and quick dispatch and delivery of cargo consignments. The cargo volume has over the years been increasing more rapidly than the expansions of the bus passenger operations; therefore, we find it as a viable business opportunity.”

And here I was, thinking that I was chatting with just another entertainment guru. OMW! This is way too thrilling, SOMEBODY TAKE ME BACK TO SCHOOL PLEASE! Hahaha, coz that is the only way some of us can make it up the ladder.

Towards his conclusion, Mr Jimalo had this to say: “As an entrepreneur; growing up in the dusty streets of a small mine town. I’m dedicated and passionate about customer service. Air Cargo and Passenger Transport business is fascinating, my aim is to reach the skies one day, or hopefully soon sometime, Jimmy Jimalo Airlines J This will be an aviation company one that will be synonymous with creativity and innovation.”

Well good luck with that Mr Genius Jimalo (winks), but I ain’t gonna leave you without this answered… WHY JIMMY JIMALO? Was it by any chance inspired by the late legend James Chiyangwa?
ANSWER: “Donna here’s a few notes that might help on the name situation… If you’re a Zimbabwean and your name is James, everyone calls you Jimmy Jimalo. That is how the name came about and it was an interesting coincident that I had the same interests with the late James Chiyangwa who was the original Jimmy Jimalo.

As an entrepreneur I’m keeping my late namesake’s legacy alive by actively promoting Zimbabwean artistes in the entertainment industry. While our Jimmy Jimalo projects have only been in existence for five years I’m no newcomer in the entertainment business. Having worked with legend Thomas Mapfumo in the late 1990s and have created a bond with many more Zimbabwean artistes that I have afforded opportunities to expand their territory in Zimbabwe.”

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Orytie then. Peeps, Mr JJs full name is James MacAdam, in case you wondered.
Now for the forthcoming events:

The 6th Annual SA ZIM REGGAE SOUND CUP CLASH 2016 is gonna go down in Kaap Staad on the 30th of July, like I told you last week. Be there at Kasi Lounge, Cape Town as JUDGEMENT YARD and JAH CRUCIAL will be the special guests as well as Judges. Supported by, Dubber Fabulous, and DJ David Waiganjo while the MCs are Goofylickshot and Tanya Lube.

I’m sure you’re getting hot just by reading this because these guys aren’t playing no games. The clash is going to be featuring, Eddy Miighty DucksInt (Zim), BlackIdentity Sound (Zim), Mob mafia sound (Cpt), Lion Paw Int’l (Joburg), Sovereign Sound (Zim), Syndicate Sound (UK), City Angelz (Cpt). Who’s better to through a gig of this calibre than BASHMOUTH SOUND & RAS REGGIE themselves. Tickets are not even expensive for such a gigantic show. Grab yours at R100 only.

2nd of July this year. As the time draws near, I can already smell the beautiful taste of sadza nemadora. Mrs Daisy Mugobo promised me the best surprise dish for the night and let me tell you right now, I don’t plan to share. At a price of R100 you will be able to get through the doors and mingle with me (winks) and a number of influential personalities in the community, but I’m sure being with good company on an empty stomach is a nay nay.

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So make sure you bring an extra hundred bucks which is enough for unlimited food and 1 drinks. This is no latest news of course, I asked you last week to make a date with me on Saturday July 2nd at number 98 Long Street, Cape Town. Tickets are available at ACT, SEW4LIFE (UHURU), IMPRESS CLOTHING, and CHICAGO & GRILL.
Come dressed in African swag, otherwise you won’t find me anywhere near you.

Team Cherry Bomb Stand Up!!!
2 July: Boss Noma’s birthday is now going to be publicly celebrated #by_public_demand
Hosted by Cherry Bomb @ Chicago Pub
Adm: R50.


Are you in the UK and wondering what to do this coming month, check this out…
28 July Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase by invitation only, London.
29, 30 July, Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase by invitation only. Venue: B12 9QH, Birmingham.
Score yourself an invite and get your tickets at

Dj Sabspd Sbizzet Birt Invites all Zim Events Promoters, DJs, Artists and Fans to his birthday on Saturday 13 August, 2016 in the Milton Keynes / Luton, Luton area TBC, and out of respect and to avoid confusion and clashing, may you kindly advise if you already have an event out on this day. He made sure to check as many flyers as he got and might have missed yours. So hola at him asap!

Missing some African dishes? Don’t worry, we’ve got that sorted out for you… all you need is to not be afraid of water. Check out the poster below for necessary info.

Get yourself a ticket to this event and see what a humble daughter of the soil can do to lift #THAT_FLAG up high. MISS UTMOST ELITE is the battle between models who were well groomed by the agency itself to find the brand ambassador for the agency.

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6 August is the date to mark on your calendar and grab your tickets from computicket at only R200 general admission and R250 for the VIPs. If you’re classy and are up for the elegant lifestyle, this is absolutely your thing. #RedCarpetThings
Venue: Tableview Hall (Leibrandt Van Niekerk Hall), Cape Town. Time: 18:00- 22:00.

If you’re a fan of Bev and Ricky Fire, head for Pretoeia ont the 3rd of July where they will be performing live at PARC DA PRINCE LOUNGE. Admission is R80 before 9pm.

Grab a ticket of your choice to Miss Fashion and Beauty Africa. An event not to be missed. #fafhion_things


1 July: Miss Empower Africa and the launch of African Luk Magazine
Tickets R150, VIP R250
Venue: Sea Point Hall.
Dress elegantly

Miss Zimbabwe Diaspora in collaboration with Victorious Magazine present: The Inception Fashion Show a strictly black tie event. Date, 3 September, at Bokaap Hall and tickets are only running for R150 early bird, R200 at the door and R300 VIP.

We do have events lined up for you in December already.
2 December: Miss Zimbabwe Diaspora 2016
Tickets: TBD
Venue: Woodstock Hall
Red Carpet event

International music and arts festival
2 July, Khayelitsha
3 July, Waterfront
8 July, Mitchells Plain
9 July, Cape town City Hall

Shows at Marutle Jazz Pub, Pretoria the following days:
18 June,25 June, 2 July, 9 July, 23 July, 3 September

Legends Music Festival, @Maitland Hall, Cape Town
Tickets, R200, VIP R300

Long Money entertainment presents: Dancehall winter drive and Charity event 25 June at Imbizo lounge. bring old clothes, blankets, sheets or anything else you find helpful for the underprivileged. DJ Phluxx, DJ Pablodadon, DJ Willz I, Jahman Y, Donz and Kelsa will be in support of the Cape town guest, DJ MORGAN STITCH. Drinks will be sold on special and entrance is free. Be sure to enjoy the African cuisine in East London.

It is Ruffkurt’s 4th Anniversary on the 27th of August this year. Put on your Ruffkurt Gear, grab your R50 and head for the Ruffkurt’s blue Cup Party!

BodySlam presents: 4 of the most sought after artists Straight outta Zim.
Killer T, Shinsoman, Sir Calaz and Freeman will be gracing Cape town again on 26 November, venue is still in the air… keep glued to my column and you will know before anyone else does.

Tocky Vibes is bringing his new Hit #Toti_toti to Capetown, Dinno will be with him aswell to give you some classic flavour on 25 June. That’s for you Cape town at Amadoda hall, Woodstock. winter has just gotten Hot!!!

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Happy belated birthday to the HKD BOSS (Freeman) the guy is a true inspiration to upcoming artistes as well as the accomplished ones. Catch me right here @ or send an email to

Till next time,