Soma soars to 20!

somandla_ndebeleHARARE One of Zimbabwes most consistent musicians Somandla Ndebele (pictured) has released his 20th album, Ndipei Nguva, produced by Diamond Studios.

Soma, as Ndebele is affectionately known in the sungura music circles, launched the album last Wednesday amid pomp and ceremony at Harares City Sports Bar.

An ecstatic Soma said, My latest project is a production with a difference. We took our time in coming up with the album and those that have listened to the album will bear testimony that we have gone a step further in [perfecting] my music.

Indeed, listening to the songs from the album will bear testimony that Soma is a man on a mission. He has reverted back to his old tune that made him a mega star in the late 1990s when he dominated the airwaves with hits Wakandidadira, Ndashaya Mufaro and Kuvaka Musha, among others.

Personally it is one of my best albums so far. I hope that the fans will also like the album. We were very creative and we did the album with great effort and passion, added Soma. Tony Saxon

Calling Africas artists

HARARE – The Africa Centre together with artist in residency programmes in Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Finland, Netherlands, Turkey and the United States of America have partnered to launch a new Artist in Residency Programme (AIR).

The programme has been conceived to support artists from Africa who are provocative, innovative, relevant and highly engaged with both social issues and their art forms.

An artist will be selected from a shortlist provided by the Africa Centre, created from a continental search, for one of the 2011 or 2012 residencies. The costs of the residency and roundtrip airfare are included in each residency award.

To apply or find out more go to or e-mail Robin Jutzen at [email protected] The Application deadline is the June 1, 2011.

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