The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) ran from 2 – 7 May 2017 after a break last year. This Is Africa captured features performances and wares by local and international artists in various spheres – music, theatre, film, digital, craft, dance and literature.
The symbols and rituals of power of colonial regimes that brutalised black Zimbabweans before independence are still hallowed in the free country. Farai Mudzingwa wonders why such a scenario persists in a nation where a phrase like “Zimbabwe will never be a colony again” is an integral part of the national lexicon.
Zimbabwe has a literature of migrant writers. While some have lost their voices by moving away, in a manner that reflects emigration’s blessing and curse, some have discovered theirs. Bongani Sibanda writes from that destination of mixed fortunes, Johannesburg.
The fourth edition of Writivism, an annual literary festival arranged by the Centre for African Cultural Excellence, was recently held in Kampala, Uganda, Farai Mudzingwa looks back on the experience.
The revolution shall be in song. We shall sing out the old, sing in the new, and dance to both. This is the way of our people. Here is a glance at the role of music in breaking the chains of oppression in Zimbabwe.
The colonial administrators of Rhodesia left their imprint in the names of streets, places, hospitals, schools and rivers. Many of these were deemed controversial and offensive by the new majority government that took over in 1980. Changes were swift.