Donna Kays e-diary: A different dimension

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Silvanos Mudzvova says Zimbabwean art industry is not bearing any fruits at all. Instead the monopoly being enjoyed by the national broadcaster is making it hard for artists. He is of the opinion that the landscape will only improve if another TV licence is granted to independent stations.


By Donna Kays

This weekend I took some time out of my comfort zone to get an insight on some entertainment providers who have nothing to do with music. Silvanos Mudzvova is a multi-media artist who specialises in theatre, film, television, and festival management.

He was born in Gutu (Masvingo) and grew up in Highfields where his acting career came into being. Silva told me that although he had the talent in him, his professional journey only commenced when he was doing his ‘A’ levels in 1998 when he was cast in a professional play titled Jekanyika.
It was only in 2003 when he got to graduate from central school of speech and drama in Harare.

Mr Mudzvova has 16 years’ experience in performing arts and he has featured in over twenty theatre plays as a writer, actor, director and producer.
He is currently the executive director of Vhitori Entertainment, an organisation which specialises in producing artistic products focusing on human rights, democracy and governance issues. Why not just call it activism performance?

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Anyway, despite all this experience and the amount of work he has done, Silvanos lamented that the returns monetary wise don’t match up. “I’m still poor compared to artists who do the same work in other countries.”
He said the Zimbabwean art industry was not bearing fruits at all. Instead the monopoly being enjoyed by the national broadcaster is making it hard for artists. He is of the opinion that the landscape will only improve if another TV licence is granted to independent stations.

Furthermore he thinks the Zimbabwean government’s failure to assist artist fight piracy has negatively affected revenue for the artists. “Our government is not assisting the sector at all they dont budget anything for the sector, but now we are lucky with technology as it is opening new avenues for artists to market their products internationally.”

His parting words were that the future looks bright as artists are starting to be innovative in terms of marketing their own products. He also encouraged those upcoming to start employing full time professionals from other sectors like IT, marketing, research, and manufacturing. He says this will assist artists to start thinking outside the box and create revenue for the sector. Wise words Mr Mudzvova, wise words indeed.


If you missed today’s Equal Access Talk show with Mr Julius Shamu, don’t worry, it is still there on Facebook and Zondex TV channel on You Tube. Keep looking out coz there’ll be more interesting interviews coming on the Shamu’s Equal Access Talk Show season one.

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

Tomorrow is that day people, when you have to get your taste buds in order and activate your deliciousis for the delicious meals prepared by THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ZIM CAPETOWN. I can’t wait for my sadza and madora that Mrs Daisy Mugobo promised. Hola at me tonight and I’ll let you in on whether you can carry a doggy bag or not. But that’s unacceptable coz you have to pay your money to get your food. 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 n ay nay. So make sure you bring an extra two hundred bucks which is enough for unlimited food and 1 drinks. Make a date with me tomorrow at number 98 Long Street, Cape Town. Tickets are available at ACT, SEW4LIFE (UHURU), IMPRESS CLOTHING, and CHICAGO & GRILL.
Come dressed in African swag.
If you’re in Zim, here’s your chance to do something good. Join John Cole (the #mukoko dance choreographer) tomorrow (2 July) in a dance to save Tapiwa, our sister who’s fighting a cancer battle. Sign up for as many sessions you like, for it is only $2 per session.

3 July: The Harareans are hosting King Shingi’s birthday bash. Do pop in and celebrate with my him.

REMINDER: 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
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 EITE is the battle between models who were well groomed by the agency itself to find the brand ambassador for the agency.
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 Pretoria ont the 3rd of July where they will be performing live at PARC DA PRINCE LOUNGE. Admission is R80 before 9pm.
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 Hall10

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

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

It’s 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.

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Till next time,