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Redefining Interior Design With Zimbabwe In Mind

Traditional Zimbabwean houses consisted of a series of “huts”; each with their designated purposes and function. The traditional homestead comprised the parent’s matrimonial hut gota rema dzi mai  - or “mother’s hut”,  separate  hut(s)  gota, for each gender, girls quarters  and boys quarters - Gota re vasikana ne gota re vakomana, and a central cooking hut pamuzinda pe musha, which was also the meeting hut, situated in the centre of the communal meeting place.  

Mudzimai

I  was walking through the Avenues one sunny morning, taking in the sights and sounds as I went along – the nurses dutifully making their way to work, the vendor selling her wares at the corner, a woman with a wailing baby on her back waiting for transport to Mazowe/Concession/Glendale/Bindura/Mt Darwin…the touts yelling all of the above whilst dangling from kombi doors.

Jenipher’s Story

It is a hot April day when I arrive in the Matebeleland North capital of Lupane. It’s my first trip to the growth point almost 180km from Bulawayo and I do not know what to expect. Within the first hour, I find a noisy local sadza joint and meet people with uniquely Zimbabwean names like Talent, Wedzeramari and Lacoste. Everyone I meet has a vibrancy to them, and they all have a story to tell. However it is Jenipher Nyoni who arrests my attention. She greets the people in the room, seamlessly changing from Ndebele, to Shona, to English, to Tonga depending on who she is talking to.

Towards an active citizenry…real change begins with each one of us

An active citizenry whose responsibility extends beyond personal gain and aspire more towards collective benefit. An accountable citizenry that values the principles of service

Dr. Martin Luther King said “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love”.

Innate, Implied and Imparted Energy

Innate Energy (Industrial or chemical energy)
This is a general form of energy attached to an object. This type of energy is in proximity to the industrial or the chemical process of manufacture of the object in question e.g. innate response to an old shoe would be something like.

A Thousand Icons on a cultural desktop

Definitions
1) A relative aura that exists around objects, has an ability to evoke memories and trigger emotion and thought through visual interaction.
2) The visual ability of an object to stimulate
3) An Intuitive stimuli force generated by objects through visual interaction. Definition or classification of this force is based on varied response.

Visual arts at HIFA

An installation by Masimba Hwati
Artist, designers, illustrator, and film maker - Left to right: Masimba Hwati, Paul Maposa, Baynham Goredema, Ryan Chokureva, Langton Chari, Kennywell Satumba
Models in their attire
Art enthusiasts mingle with artsits and models at the exhibition
Fine artist Gareth Nyandoro at HIFA
Hope Masike modelling in the fashion show at HIFA
Singer Dudu Manhenga modelling in the fashion show at HIFA
An installation by Masimba Hwati
Part of the arts enthusiasts in the National Art Gallery
A model with an exquisite head dress
Shona stone sculptures
Shona stone sculptures
Baynham Goredema with Victor Nyajeka, fashion designer

The visual arts have also been a feature at HIFA. The annual exhibition is usually in the National Art Gallery and mainly features up and coming artists. This same show featured a fashion show in amongst the installations in the gallery. Popular at the exhibition was an installation by Masimba Hwati called Toward Redemption which featured a Volkswagon seemingly taking off in flight leaving a trail of its parts behind.

Mafriq and Xtra Large in South Africa

Mafriq and Extra Large in South Africa

In the quest to find out what Zimbabwean 'yute' is up to and how it is contributing to the socio-political landscape, ZimboSA caught up with two of the hottest music groups on the Zimbabwean scene, then in town[Jozi] for a gig. Mafriq and Xtra Large are two of the groups that performed at the ZimboSA concert held late last year in Jo'burg where they shared a stage with the likes of Sani Makhalima, Shingi Mau Mau and the likes of Zimbabwean-originating and South Africa based Zubs a.k.a The Last Letta.

Zvibhombo / Zvitsvinyo

An idea came to me while we were discussing with my wife about  Zvibhombo/Zvitsvinyo from way back whereby you would have verbal battles with an opponent and the person who ran out of Zvibhombo/Zvitsvinyo first would be defeated. People would usually declare war when they had a COUPLE of really good ones. Sometimes these verbal battles degenerate into fist fights on account of audiences egging the losing side on. I created a Facebook group to have a mass war on the wall. It was strictly a non-derogatory platform which had its first post on the 27th of September 2008.

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Towards an active citizenry

Dr. Martin Luther King once said “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love”. This notion got me questioning the meaning of service and greatness. What is to serve? What is the measure of greatness? The word serve has many connotations.

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