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Long Read | Musaemura Zimunya and Marshall Munhumumwe: How two cousins artistically defined Zimbabwean independence — Interview
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Arts, Culture and Sport Long Read | Musaemura Zimunya and Marshall Munhumumwe: How two cousins artistically defined Zimbabwean independence — Interview

Musaemura Zimunya and Marshall Munhumumwe’s culturally immersive and nationally minded writing and music have a foundational place in the Zimbabwean canon. The cousins not only found success in the early years of independence but also set the tone for others with distinctively Zimbabwean art. Zimunya remembers his great cousin, who died in 2001, in this wide-ranging interview with Onai Mushava.

Sungura cyberture – Mark Ngwazi on a mission to broaden Zimbabwe’s biggest music genre
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Arts, Culture and Sport Sungura cyberture – Mark Ngwazi on a mission to broaden Zimbabwe’s biggest music genre

Mark Ngwazi inherited a Sungura songbook which depended a little too much on folk wisdom and flat moralising. Humour, wordplay and counterintuitive observation could be Ngwazi’s strongest points but his charisma provides the binding virtue to the songs he is building from memes, jokes and wisecracks. Six albums in, his outdoor church is only growing.