June 6, 2017


There is only a couple of months left until the spectacle of the year, Shoko Festival 2017, which is scheduled to run from September 29 to October 2 at Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences for the first two days, and Chitungwiza for the last day of the show. Now, amidst all the excitement and preparations for this annual arts and culture fiesta, Festival organisers have finally revealed the long anticipated theme for this show, “YOUTOPIA”. Who would have guessed it right?

Well, the concept behind this year’s theme is to celebrate the individual and what the concept of Utopia means to a person. Given that Zimbabwe’s current economic situation presents many daily challenges for every Zimbabwean, the idea behind the theme is to explore what it entails to reach your ideal self, be it personally or professionally, as well as what essentially is their happy place within such challenging times. Under this theme, this year’s Shoko Festival is therefore set to offer a three day escape from the struggles faced where people should feel free to express themselves and experience the joy that life has to offer through arts and culture.


The Shoko Festival is Zimbabwe’s fastest growing international music and arts festival with a special emphasis on the eclectic urban culture, youth empowerment, positive societal change and freedom of expression. Shoko is a vibrant space that hosts everything from live musical performances by both local and international artists, to comedy nights, workshops and visual art exhibits. The 3-day festival is held in September transforming Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences and Chitungwiza into an entertainment mecca.

For the past glorious years, the Shoko Festival has welcomed the world’s biggest artists onto its stages. Amongst the Festival’s previous headliners are Cassper Nyovest (SA), Bucie (SA), Deep Fried Man (SA), Khuli Chana (SA), Tol A$$ Mo (SA), Tumi Morake(SA), Black Twang(UK), Symbiz Sound(GER), Silverstone(UK) and Tony Rebel (JM). These have featured alongside trailblazing local supporting acts such as Jah Prayzah (ZW), Winky D (ZW), Soul Jah Love (ZW), Junior Brown (ZW), Hope Masike (ZW), Doc Vikela (ZW) and Clive Chigubu (ZW).

Shoko Festival continues with its mission to promote urban culture and create a lively space where millennials are able to participate and have their voices heard, so that they are inspired to contribute significantly and positively to the development of the nation. 2017 marks the seventh edition of the Shoko Festival.

Characterised by spectacular performances and endless energy, it can be said for sure, that the seventh edition of the Shoko Festival is one event not to be missed. Stay informed on this year’s headlining acts by visiting You certainly don’t want to miss out on all the superb performances lined up when the Festival finally opens its gates to the general public later on this year.

Invitation To “THE VOICE SA’ Screening This Sunday!

As you know Zimbabwean contestant Josh Ansley was given the save by coach Bobby van Jaarsveld last week on The Voice SA and has made it through to the top 8.

Make a date this and every Sunday for a fun night of ‘The Voice SA’ screening:

Venue : PaBloz, Sam Levy’s Village

Time : 5pm

Admission: Free!  

This week it is up to you to save your favourite, while the coaches are now merely eye-candy with no control on the final outcome of the contest. The Voice Season 2 Top 8 who have to perform for their lives each week as South Africa takes control of the scoreboard are Josh Ansley, Fatman, Craig Lucas, Samantha Leonard, PJ Pretoius, Tender Mavundla, Luke Lovemore and Caroline Brussow.

Catch The Voice South Africa, every Sunday night on M-Net channel 101 at 17:30 and every Monday night at 18:00 on M-Net City channel 115.

Ariana Grande’s Manchester Benefit Concert, “One Love” Draws Largest U.K. TV Audience of 2017

According to overnight data, The One Love Manchester benefit concert broadcast on Sunday night drew an average audience of 10.9 million for BBC One. The concert reached a peak of 14.5 million viewers as Grande closed the show at 10 p.m. with 22.6 million people having watched at least three minutes, it showed. That made the concert the most-watched show of 2017 on British TV since coverage of the New Year’s Eve fireworks states

Ariana Grande was joined by prominent celebrity musicians such as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Take That. Ticket proceeds and donations benefited the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, supporting victims of the bombing outside Grande’s May 22 show in Manchester.




















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