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Constance van Niekerk is a Zimbabwean creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. Constance is the author of Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection found in all Amazon Kindle Stores. She currently lives in South Africa with her family. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Visit her second blog at http://www.afriquebeat.wordpress.com

It’s a family affair at Ekurhuleni Boksburg Hotel

​It’s a family affair this Thursday, the 15th of December! Two Legendary music families (quite the musical royalty of Zimbabwe if you ask me) share the stage in a show that’s likely to be one to remember. We speak of none other than superstar Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi and Green Arrows founder, vocalist and bassist, Zexie Manatsa, whose offspring have bound ...

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When a woman is fed up

​A woman knows when she is loved, when she is needed, when she is being lied to, used and abused. Every woman in the depths of her heart knows when she must be staying or packing her bags. Why then are the women staying when it is as clear as day that they should be walking away? Why are there ...

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CRY MY BELOVED COUNTRY 

​I was shocked as I read with utter disgust an account of how the law enforcement officers in Zimbabwe are turning into the criminals they’re supposed to be locking up, now they’re just assisting them to rob tourists and nationals of their hard earned cash in a nation where unemployment rate has skyrocketed and no money in circulation.  This is ...

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Kobiri Music takes off

November 30 in the Year of Our Lord 2016 was memorable for upcoming music jewel Mackenzie Mwase, aka Kendyman Kobiri. On this day Kendyman Kobiri launched kobiri music through his debut album ‘Punha,’ in a well-attended and successful event at Harare’s City Sports Bar. If you are wondering what kobiri music sounds like consider what a blend of Mapfumo and ...

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Poverty and hunger in Zimbabwe turning some citizens into criminals

​​​Is poverty and hunger turning some Zimbabwean citizens into cold blooded murderers and heartless robbers?  For Julius Ziva, a multi-talented musician with the Zig Zag Band of the Gomo Ramasare fame, the answer is undoubtedly a ‘yes’.  On the 9th of August this year, the musician boarded a commuter omnibus/ public taxi at Total Service Station along Julius Nyerere Road ...

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Soulful Mindz presents My Kasi Music Festival

The young band we heard about in October 2014 is not so young anymore as they keep growing musically. They are at it again, this time for the noble reason of charity. Soulful Mindz was founded in June 2014 by 21-year-old Sailas Mutambalika. Sailas is a very talented pianist, drummer and keyboard player who resides in Germiston with his parents ...

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Unforgettable Natalie

Constance van Niekerk, SA   The new year started with sad news for the music industry. Natalie Cole, singer of the Grammy-Award winning Unforgettable album died on Thursday night (New Year’s Eve). She was 65. The multi Grammy-Award winner died at Cedar-Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure after years of battling drug problems, liver disease, (she ...

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Q & A with ‘Guitar Man’ Louis Mhlanga

Louis Mhlanga (born 10 November 1956) is a Zimbabwean music maestro currently domiciled in South Africa. Louis is a gifted and internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer and music producer. He taught himself to play the guitar at a very tender age and started playing at the age of ten. He has to date worked with a considerable number of renowned artists ...

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International One Song One People Concert Tour 2015

Constance van Niekerk in Johannesburg The night of Friday the 4th of December was a far cry from my usual quiet nights at home. The highlight of the night was my meeting the celebrities who played at The International One Song One People Concert Tour 2015 Johannesburg edition, an awareness gig on Xenophobia. The concert was held at The Bannister ...

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What you allow is what will continue

I think some women have simply become helplessly stupid or altogether crazy. The previous generations of women were made of sterner stuff. They dealt with their marital woes in silence and made their decisions after consultation with a few chosen family members and friends. Whether these decisions were right or wrong that’s another matter. Some ended up dying of HIV ...

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