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October 01, 2003
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Highlights in this issue:
- Winners of
the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF)
- Winners of
the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF)
- Pan African
Film Festival - Call for entries
- Oliver Mtukudzi
nominated for 2003 Kora All Africa Music Award
- Call for
Nominations for the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA)
- 'A man of
the people' by Chinua Achebe described as Pornographic, sparks
- Tracy Chapman
to perform in Angola
- Music Reviews
AWARDS CEREMONY TO WRAPS UP 2-WEEK FILM FESTIVAL
Harare – The 6th edition of the Zimbabwe international
film festival came to an end on the 13th September 2003 at a ceremony
which took place at the Harare Sheraton Poolside. Below are the
winners of this year's festival.
Documentary and Short Film Category
Best Short Film - "Zvinhu Zvacho Izvi" (Zimbabwe),
written by Nocks Chatiza and Directed by Marian Kunonga
Documentary Special Jury Mentions - "Facing
Life, Facing Death" (South Africa) -by Ingrid
Gavshon & "A Fighting Spirit" (Zimbabwe) - by Leo
Best Documentary - "A Red Ribbon Around My
House" (South Africa) - by Portia Rankoane
Feature Film Category - Best Actor - Hamadoun Kassogué
- "Sia, Le Reve du Python" (Burkina Faso)
Best Actress - Wendy Crewson "Perfect Pie"
Best Art Direction - Xu Junhai "25 Kids &
One Dad" (China)
Best Cinematography - Ulf Brantås "Lilja
Screenplay - Wahid Hamed "His Excellency the Minister"
Best Director - François Dupeyron "The
Officer’s Ward" (France)
Audience Choice Award - "Nowhere in Africa"
Best Picture - "A Peck On the Cheek"
For more information contact the Festival Office:
Zimbabwe International Film Festival
2 Canterbury Road, Kensington
PO Box A4, Avondale
Tel/Fax: +263 4 793 502
Pan African Film Festival - Call for entries
The 12th Annual Pan African Film Festival, set to take
place in Los Angeles, February 5-16, 2004, is currently accepting
applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of
African descent. Submissions of works in progress will be accepted,
however, films and videos must be completed no later than December
For further info visit www.PAFF.org
or email info@PAFF.org
Oliver Mtukudzi nominated for 2003 Kora Music Awards
Johannesburg - Zimbabwe's senior Superstar
Oliver Mtukudzi has been nominated for a Kora Music Award in The
Best Southern African Artist category for his song, Hear me Lord.
Hear me Lord is taken of the 2002 album Shanda - The live soundtrack
to his documentary film of the same title. The song Here me lord
is originally found on his 1993 album Ziwerere mu Copenhagen.
Last year Oliver Mtukudzi won the Best African Arrangement Award
for his song Ndakuvara from his album, Vhunze Moto. Tuku
has been nominated alongside Ringo, Jeff Maluleke, Yvonne Chaka
Chaka's, Gloria Bosman, Tsepo Tshola, McCoy Mrubata and Zambia's
Marsha Moyo among others. This year's Kora All Africa Music Awards
will be taking place held at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg,
For the full list on nominations visit: www.koraawards.com
Call for Nominations for the National Arts Merit Awards
The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) is calling upon arts
associations, organisations and individuals to nominate those artistes
who have excelled and produced quality work in the year 2003 for
consideration for the 3rd NAMA, which will be presented on the 14th
February 2004. Nomination forms can be collected at various arts
association offices and organisations or NACZ offices. The award
categories include music, literary arts, dance, theatre, visual
arts and film and television. Only those who are nominated will
be considered for the 2003 NAMA awards. The closing date for submission
of nomination forms is 30th of November 2003.
For futher information please contact the National Arts Council
"If you steal from one author it's plagiarism;
if you steal from many it's research."
- Wilson Mizner
book sparks Kenyan row
Kenya - A book by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has caused
outrage in Kenya, where a parents' group has described it as pornographic.
A Roman Catholic group, the Kenya Parents Caucus, has demanded that
Mr Achebe's book, A Man of the People, and two other texts in Kiswahili
be removed from the school syllabus. The group particularly objects
to two sections of the book - including one in which a wealthy man
boasts about his sexual prowess and displays a condom after taking
a young girl to bed. The Kenya Parents Caucus is urging the ministry
of education to remove the texts from its syllabus.
Mr Achebe has rejected the accusation of pornography and said the
Catholic Church had previously awarded him a medal for his writing.
Eyes wide shut? Mr Achebe has drawn support from the publishers
and academics, who say the sex scenes are central to the book and
argue the purpose of literature is to mirror life rather than set
moral codes. "Should we close our eyes and pretend that these things
do not happen?" asks the Managing Director of East African Publishers,
Barrack Muluka. "The book warns the children that this is likely
to happen to happen to them.... we are blowing the whistle in broad
daylight," he says.
University lecturer Barnabas Githiora describes the Church's stance
as hypocritical, saying children were more corrupted by the free
flow of information from the Internet. An influential Kenyan newspaper
columnist says that the call to ban the book could be linked to
a new wave of political influence that the Catholic Church seems
to be enjoying. Writing in the Sunday Nation, Gitau Warigi notes
that President Kibaki is a member... so too is Education Minister
George Saitoti and a powerful coterie of cabinet ministers. He says
it is absurd for anybody to imagine Chinua Achebe being a writer
with a dirty mind, adding that the Church's moral police could utilise
their energies better crusading against the lewd publications that
litter the newsstands and which any teenager with a few pennies
to spare can snap up. With that and the necessary funds, she hopes
to get on top of the healthy competition in the industry today.
Tracy Chapman to perform in Angola.
Luanda - USA folk rock singer Tracy Chapman will perform
three shows in Luanda, for the first time in November, at the invitation
of "Casablanca" shows promoter, Henrique Miguel "Riquinho". The
first show will take place at Tropical cinema, with the tickets
valued at USD 250. The second show will be held at Karl Marx cinema,
where the prices will range from USD 30, 50, 100 to 150. The third
concert will be held on the occasion of the national independence
day's festival to be marked on November 11th. With 5 Cds, the latest
one released in 1995, entitled New Beginning, in which she received
a Grammy award, and whose song "Give Me One Reason", was in 1996
on the "Top Ten" of USA. - Angola Press Agency (Luanda)
"..His music questioned,
it agitated, it advocated, it mocked, it satirized, it lectured, it
compared & contrasted"
Tribute to Fela Anikulapo Kuti by Raymond Majongwe
Brown & the Storm - Passage of Time
Despite being a mis-placed politician than a musician, there is no
doubt that Andy Brown is one of the best musicians to come out of
Zimbabwe. Passage of time is a 11 track compilation album
that has been released in South Africa under the Sheer Sound label.
The album features the emotive Kure Kure, Shungu, Fiona,
Tongogara, Spirit and Mawere kongonya, among
others. Andy Brown made a name for himself in the band ilanga. Over
the past 10 years, Andy Brown has toured extensively in France, the
UK , Germany and Denmark. In Africa, Andy Brown & the storm have
toured South Africa, Tanzania, Cote d'Ivoire and Mozambique among
others. Sadly, this album is not yet available in Zimbabwe.
African Women -
Soulful Voices from across the continent
African Voices is a must have album for those that love music from
the mother continent - Africa. Soulful voices features 18 female
vocalists from the old school and the new school. From the old school,
the album features Cesaria Evora from the Cape Verde, Sally Nyolo
from Cameroon and Mama Miriam Makeba from South Africa to mention
but a few. And from the New School, the album features Gloria Bosman
, Linda Kekana, Suthukazi Arosi from the band, Mahube and Chiwoniso
Maraire from Zimbabwe. Yaye Demin from Ivory Coast's Monique
Seka will remind you of Ringo's love ballard Sondela and
at the same time leaving you with questions as to who does the song
better than the other.
Buy the album at www.oneworld.co.za
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