Saturday, August 15, 2020

Zimbabwe’s chiefs revive tradition to save the country’s last pangolins

By Andrew Mambondiyani ZIMUNYA COMMUNAL LAND, Zimbabwe — Christopher Zimunya, a 72-year-old leader of the indigenous VaJindwi people in eastern Zimbabwe, beamed as he spoke...

Puzzle of a thriving Ndebele tribe in Buhera explained

By Norma Tsopo BUHERA – The existence of a thriving Ndebele community deep among the Shona has been vexing observers for decades. Sitting comfortably in Buhera and holding...

Giving magic to Mtarazi Falls

By Norma Tsopo There are people who are so intelligent and gifted such that they will transform the ordinary into something extraordinary. Doug and Bernie...

Blind weaver defies odds

By Norma Tsopo MUTARE - Johannes Lovemore Landini’s confidence as one of Mutare city’s finest weavers borders on arrogance. “I feel that there is only one...

Piracy forces poetry into performance arts arena

By Farai Shawn Matiashe MUTARE - Frustrated by rampant piracy Zimbabwe’s poets are leaning towards performing their works in a bid to at least earn...

Carnival – Christian festival gone rogue?

By Norma Tsopo HARARE - Carnivals are pretty sensual affairs - very earthy by even by conservative Christian standards, and unquestionably evil in the views...

Free, open sex at graveside cleansing ritual?

By Norma Tsopo MARANGE – Just as the village elders concluded a traditional prayer to the area’s guardian spirits to accept the reburial of over...

Club Mandisa challenges tradition

Staff Writer MUTARE - With Zimbabwe’s economy now highly informal the fluidly structured working schedules of the populace are giving city centre entertainment joint –...

Conservation farming offer deforestation relief

By Norma Tsopo HURUNGWE - Live fencing, rolls of acacia trees demarcating vegetable gardens, and an impressive variety of vegetables under crop, all betray farming...

Shona stone sculpture dying without tourism

By Norma Tsopo HARARE - A slump in tourist visits at the turn of the millennium ended Shona stone sculpture’s commercial viability. And without a market, the creative...
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Global Wake-Up Call

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