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Zimbabwe: Comedy’s cautious climb

1 March 2016

Zimbabwe’s nascent comedy scene is quickly spreading across the southern African nation, from its capitol’s urban landscape to other major cities; and growing in its diversity, from its humble beginnings in stand-up to news satire distributed via DVD. However, in its infancy, comedy in Zimbabwe still faces challenges as the …

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Zimbabwe: Visual artist’s new works once again pulled down

3 November 2015

Bulawayo-based visual artist, Owen Maseko, has drawn attention from authorities when one of his new displays was pulled down on 30 October 2015 – less than a day after it was unveiled in his ‘Kwacha’ exhibition, reported Bulawayo24 News. In the video below, one can see authorities moving the sculpture …

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Zimbabwe: Censorship board should be abolished, says workshop group

27 October 2015

Zimbabwe should abolish the censorship board and other bodies censoring or regulating artistic expressions in order to comply with Zimbabwe’s new constitution. Instead a new classification board should be mandated to issue age recommendations to protect children. This was a recommendation made by arts practitioners, artists, journalists and human rights …

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Zimbabwe: South African musicians receive death threats

20 May 2015

Members of the legendary kwaito group Big Nuz are fearing for their lives amidst threats of violence by angry Zimbabweans. The group was set to perform in the neighbouring country on 17 April 2015 but have been receiving threats of a boycott and violence from Zimbabwean nationals. Big Nuz is …

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Zimbabwe: South African band deported

5 May 2014

The South African pop group Freshly Ground was immediately sent packing soon after it touched down at the Harare International Airport on 4 May 2014, but reasons for the deportation remained sketchy with Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke saying he was equally puzzled by the development. According …

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African artists join Music Freedom Day 2014

24 February 2014

Dina El Wedidi, one of Egypt’s leading new artists will be performing in Oslo, Norway. Moroccan fusion rocker Réda Zine leads his band Voodoo Sound Club in a concert in Bologna, Italy, while some of Zimbabwe’s most outspoken artists enter the stage in Harare, and exiled musicians from Sudan perform …

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Zimbabwe: Banned playwright and visual artist isolated

7 January 2014

Playwright Cont Mhlanga and artist Owen Maseko have been harassed, arrested and detained for criticising the government – but while they have been made personae non gratae in Zimbabwe’s art circles, they have not stopped doing what they love. The two artists were portrayed by Inter Press Service, reporting from …

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Artist Alert: November 2013 | Article 19

6 December 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 5 December 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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Artist Alert: October 2013 | Article 19

25 November 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 November 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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