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Following an impressive coming out performance at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2011, which caught the attention of Antoine Rajon from the Parisian record label Heavenly Sweetness, Zimbabwean quartet Jacaranda Muse have had quite a year; one which culminated with the release of the foursome's 10-track debut album September Sun in November. "Always On My Mind" is one of gems the band left on the cutting room floor which didn't make the album. Visit the band's Facebook page to get a copy of September Sun.

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10 Zimbabwean Dancehall Artists You Should Know

These are the musicians behind Zimbabwe's massive dancehall scene.

Dancehall music is arguably the biggest genre in Zimbabwe right now.

The vibrant music has steadily gained a massive following and widespread popularity especially among the youth and it's the norm to hear various hits blasting from the speakers of public transport on the streets of cities like Harare.

Zimbabwe's brand of dancehall originally has its roots in reggae and was largely influenced by the likes of Bob Marley and his performances in 1980. Zimbabwe had just obtained independence from the British and it's no surprise that the music released by dancehall artists of that time, the likes of Major E and Booker T, had a Jamaican-style lyricism to it.

Fast-forward to present day and Zimbabwean dancehall has almost abandoned its reggae influence. Instead, artists have opted for singing and rapping in vernacular languages such as Shona and Ndebele coupled with computer-generated beats that create a distinct local flavour that sets Zimbabwean dancehall apart from the dancehall produced in other countries.

As with a lot of the music that's been largely produced under the Mugabe-era, dancehall has also not shied away from highlighting the economic and socio-political issues facing many Zimbabweans daily.

From veteran artists such as Winky D to fresh talent including Tocky Vibes and Lady Squanda, Zimbabwean dancehall shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. And so we put together a list of the 10 Zimbabwean Dancehall Artists You Should Know below.

This list is in no particular order.

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Celebrated Zimbabwean Playwright Stephen Chifunyise Has Passed Away

The acclaimed playwright and culturalist was 70 years old.

Zimbabwean playwright Stephen Chifunyise, best known for developing young talent, has passed away, ZimLive reports.

Chifunyise died Monday at the age of 70.

Born in 1948, he began his journey in the arts while in exile in Zambia during the 1970s, BBC adds. After earning his masters degree in theatre arts in the United States, Chifunyise returned to Zimbabwe after independence in 1980.

In the midst of serving as the permanent secretary for education sport and culture, he co-founded the Children's Performing Arts Workshop (Chipawo) in 1989—where the likes of Danai Gurira had the opportunity to have their talents developed at a young age.

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Watch Cameroonian Drag Artist Bebe Zahara Benet's New Music Video for 'Banjo'

Video Premiere: Bebe Zahara Benet releases the colourful visuals to her latest single 'Banjo' ahead of her upcoming EP 'Broken English'.

Cameroonian drag artist Bebe Zahara Benet has just released the colourful visuals to her latest single 'Banjo'.

The single, which features on her upcoming Broken English EP, is the follow up to several EPs titled Face and Kisses & Feathers as well as a number of singles including "Fun Tonite", "Get Fierce (Lose Yourself)" and "Starting a Fire".

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8 South African Albums & EPs to Stream While Staying Home

Let these South African releases from Bongeziwe Mabandla, Shabaka and the Ancestors, King Monada and others hold you down during lockdown.

This month saw a number of releases from South African artists. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken money away from a majority of artists, this could be the best time for listeners to go through the new music that was released.

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