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Percy Zvomuya

Percy Zvomuya

Percy Zvomuya is a freelance writer and editor. He writes stories mostly about the arts and, occasionally, football.
Rihanna, defiant witch-woman
Rihanna, defiant witch-woman
Sometimes when I remember my paternal grandfather, it is in monochrome: I imagine him capable of expressing only one emotion: anger. In my mind the...
The Rasta roots of Zim dancehall
The Rasta roots of Zim dancehall
Versatile dancehall champion Busy Signal will be in Harare this weekend, becoming the latest Jamaican artist to make the trek to Zimbab-we, a...
Gogo gaga over tweaching
Gogo gaga over tweaching
Take a random peek at Elizabeth Henning’s Twitter timeline and, almost always, her tweets and her conversations have something to do with her...
Shanty towns: The new urban aesthetic
Shanty towns: The new urban aesthetic
As a title for a book on African cities, Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (Jacana Media) is at once catchy, apt and subversive,...
Nomboniso Gasa: Long and short of the gender issue
Nomboniso Gasa: Long and short of the gender issue
Gender activist Nomboniso Gasa has been on Twitter for most of this year, although she hasn't yet memorised the social medium's first...
Sharp turns on an angry road
Sharp turns on an angry road
There are those moments when a painting, photograph, song or novel sums up an entire epoch, a place, a war, a country. This is what zeitgeist, the...
Tumi Mogorosi talks drums
Tumi Mogorosi talks drums
Bandleader and composer Tumi Mogorosi has probably played the guitar for longer than he has played the drums – but the drums are his...
Beyond the king's harem
Beyond the king's harem
At the rate at which Simon Bright is churning out films about African rulers, the filmmaker might soon get the moniker of "chronicler of...
Davids is turning back on black
Davids is turning back on black
The Blacks of Cape Town, the title of CA Davids's superb debut novel, partially works on the confusion the word "black"...
Africans face new peril on the seas
Africans face new peril on the seas
Given that up to 28-million Africans were sold and shipped to the Americas, and that a fifth of that number died en route, it's not really a...
The lure of past riches
The lure of past riches
Since August 16 2012, the day Lonmin mineworkers were slain by the police, taking and publishing a photograph of a miner has become a profoundly...
Chirping classes: Fighting for freedom in Mokoena's blood
Chirping classes: Fighting for freedom in Mokoena's blood
Actor Fana Mokoena's decision to join the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has been met with the customary response for artists who wade into...