BULAWAYO-BASED dancer and songbird Sandra “Sandy” Ndebele-Sibindi (pictured) yesterday said she still had a lot to offer to the music industry and will continue to make music until the twilight of her life like American music goddess Madonna.
Sandy, who staged a scintillating show on Friday last week screened live on Facebook and Instagram, dubbed Yesteryear Hits & Newstuff (2003-2020) Live, mesmerised viewers with trademark max villa dance.
“I think the (COVID-19) lockdown brought self-realisation. I never stopped performing , but the love people showed me means that I should work even extra hard. With 27 000 views so far for a Bulawayo artiste, I was really shocked,” she said.
Although she admitted that age was slowly eating away her strength, she said she would not drop her trademark dance but would continue to work out in order to “stomp the yard”.
“If the Madonnas are still hitting, who are twice if not thrice my age, what will stop me? I need to lose more weight, then I will be able to dance more,” she said.
Speaking ahead of the launch of her forthcoming album on August 31, she said she has been working hard and should watch out for it.
“Personally I think we tried, we worked extra harder. In the album, I have worked with Iyasa, Jeys Marabini, Mzoe7 and I think all the songs are nice and they are all different,” she said_NewsDay
Has Macheso joined list of musicians who doubled as haulage truck drivers?
Alick Macheso’s publicist has moved in to explain whether the Sungura guru has joined the likes of Nicholas Zakaria, Zacharia Zakaria and Ronnie Mudindo who were once haulage truck drivers.
A picture of Macheso seemingly driving a haulage truck triggered social media debate over the weekend.
Some even thought Macheso had taken up new ventures to keep his band intact as Covid-19 lockdown measures suspended live shows, which are the major source of income.
However, it has since emerged that he posed for a photo while having a feel of a parked tanker.
His publicist, Tich Makahamadze said:
“As you know, he can interact with anyone at any level so he was just having fun. We just came across it and we started interacting.
“I actually took that picture about three or four days ago and we were just having fun. We even have a video at the same scene while mdhara was assuring his fans that live shows will resume as a soon as life returns to normalcy,” said Makahamadze.
Over the years, fellow musicians comprising Nicholas Zakaria, Zacharia Zakaria and Ronnie Mudindo once doubled as haulage truck drivers.
New film set to hit Zim TV screens
A new movie titled “Shaina” is set to premiere on ZTV this Friday at 9pm.
The film, which combines some of the best of Zimbabwe’s veteran and new talent, will also be screened on the on the same channel on August 23 at 10pm.
The film was produced by the same creative team that brought other films like “Inside Story” and “The Lucky Specials”
Shaina features various Zimbabwean talents like Jesesi Mungoshi, Leroy Gopal, Edmore Sandifolo, Marian Kunonga and Charmaine Mujeri.
It also features young talent like Wilmah Munemera, Tinodiwanashe Chitima, Gamu Mukwakwami, Tadiwanashe Marowa and Tarumbidzwa Chirume.
Commenting on the movie, Zimbabwean Communications Specialist Patricia Mabviko said that the movie is a must watch for everyone.
“Shaina is exceptional in the way that it allows us to vividly see the struggles faced by young people in their desire to achieve their goals which is sometimes further complicated by the demands to survive on a daily basis.
“The question is really, what do you do in the face of tough challenges?
“It’s a story of determination, of hope and of resilience which I believe will appeal to all Zimbabweans.”
Misery mounts for Seh Calaz
ZIMDANCEHALL chanter Tawanda “Seh Calaz” Mumanyi’s woes continue to mount as he faces eviction from his lodgings, if an eviction notice letter addressed to him posted on social media by his “former” wife and fellow musician Moira Sibongile Knight on Saturday is anything to go by.
The Mbare-bred singer saw his four-year marriage to Knight, daughter to veteran broadcaster Erick, collapse if his social media claims are to be believed.
Different social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp has been abuzz as the celebrity couple washed their dirty linen in public as Moira accused Seh Calaz of drug abuse and child negligence.
“Dear Mr Tawanda Mumanyi, this eviction letter is to notify you that you have to vacate the leased out premises within three months (August 2020) from the delivery of this eviction letter to you,” part of the note read.
“You are required to leave the premises in a clean and undamaged condition, ie; 1. The walls need to be clean. If need be, they should to be repainted as when you moved in they had just been painted, 2. The floors should be in good condition ie, polished, 3. The cupboards/wardrobes/windows should be left in good condition and clean ie all screens
In a follow-up interview with NewsDay Life &Style yesterday, Moira, who is back in the country from the United Kingdom, downplayed the divorce despite having earlier accused Seh Calaz of neglecting her and their baby while prioritising drug and alcohol abuse in a series of her Instagram posts.
“There is no divorce story,” she told this publication.
While Moira said there was no divorce, Seh Calaz confirmed the divorce through a social media post before urging the media to stay off his life.
“I have been silent for a long time, but I could not keep in hiding silently. As you know that for it to be a family, there is supposed to be a woman and what hides the issues is the walls. I cannot badmouth a woman because something has gone wrong. May you forgive me on that, but all I can say is that from now going onwards, my marriage with Moira has ended. For the mean time, I am kindly asking for space from you my relatives, friends and the media. I am not the first one or the last one to be faced with such a situation. As a father, I will not say much in public. To all my fans, friends and family who feel like I have let them down, I humbly apologise, I am sorry. I am human to. #iwillbebackstronger#welcomesinglelife#.”
In part of the threads that Moira posted on social media, she claimed that Seh Calaz purports to live a good and clean life to the public.
“I would love to talk privately as adults, but as you can imagine, there is nothing you can talk to him as he is very good at not availing himself. I have not seen Tawanda (Seh Calaz) since August 12 when he jumped the durawall as I tried to talk to him,” she said.
“I spent my birthday with his relatives waiting for him so we could discuss the issues, but he did not turn up, even after being phoned several times. I have been away for a few months, not on holiday, but giving birth to my son and unfortunately, when I came back, I found the house resembling a bush, hence my reason for involving his relatives.”
Moira mocked Seh Calaz that he purports to live a celebrity life roaming around the streets in Mbare instead of being a family man.
“On a serious and concerning note, all sorts of insults may be hailed at me, but at 30 years, a man must be mature enough brain wise. When you talk of being a celebrity or when you post pictures on Instagram slaying like a slay queen every three hours, when it’s dark, it would be good to know that someone is heading to his own house not roaming around Mbare taking pictures,” she said.
“By now, having been in the industry for that long should have built even a small basic house like other artistes have done. Knowing that this is my property where no one will ask for rentals is an achievement. Look at the sofas, they should have been replaced a long time ago because someone works and has been for years. He refurbished his studio so that people think he is focused. If you see this place, you will see that I am good person.”
Apparently, this is not the first time that Seh Calaz and Moira have had a public spat as in June 2017, they also had a nasty bust-up_NewsDay