Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Artistic Dynamite-Umind!

Peggie Shangwa known as Umind! is a writer, singer, speaker and spoken word artist who thrives on word passion and speaks her mind in connection with her spirit, laying down heart issues on any platform. She is a performance poet as well as a Slam poet. She started performing poetry in October 2012 at Book Cafe / House of Hunger Poetry Slam. The poet   graced local, regional, educational, festival and diplomatic functions.
Umind is   creative dynamite   who needs no introduction in Slam poetry circles and   other artistic platforms. The Poetess represents a serious and dynamic dimension of new young poetry generation destined for dizzy heights. In a short space of time,  this artistic dynamite  have grown  into  full fledged creative keg  having  been featured and performed  at  and in notable platforms   that include  the following, Opening for Grammy nominated artist Da’ TRUTH at his Love ,Hope and War tour Africa in 2014.  Has been a guest poet on the first Zimbabwean edition of Woman Scream Poetry International 2014. Her work has been featured on Badilisha Poetry exchange program an online radio/podcast in the African continent and Indie feed Online radio/podcast station in the U.S, been published in a poetry exchange Nigerian anthology called Silent Voices and in local Christian Magazine The Voice. And has been honored to present an award at the Christian Hip Hop Awards in Harare in 2014  and she is currently a free lance writer and Entertainment Editor for Groove Magazine Zimbabwe.

The Poetess is a devoted Christian who draws her inspiration from her Christian beliefs and God.
Her parting shot to older women would be that they should never stop dreaming and chasing their passions its never too late to live on purpose that way achieve a purpose driven life regardless of age.
To younger women always have a value system that you live by and chase your dreams learning to be comfortable in your own skin? Anything is possible God specialises in molding dreams so dream!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Dance to the tunes of Nobel Malala!

If I win Nobel Peace Prize, it would be a great opportunity for me, but if I don't get it, it's not important because my goal is not to get Nobel Peace Prize, my goal is to get peace and my goal is to see the education of every child.’
Malala Yousafzai.

Pakistan is the land of contradictions. It is the country in political intensive care. The faces , the terrains  , the marshes  are wounded  and scarred  by  guns  and unending  terrorism  ,international and political  rifts. 2014  the year of change  , a ray  of hope  bringing  a new wave  of storytelling , a sudden twist in  the  Pakistan political , international  image brought  through  by  a Damsel  of Peace, Malala Yousafzai. She received a prestigious accolade , the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala is an advocate of Peace par excellence, judging from her merciless attack by the Taliban, her resistance to suffering. Her defiance in fight for peace and justice.

It is heartening   that today Malala dances to the tunes of the Nobel.

Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country's Swat Valley. The winner was born on 12th of July 1997. Her hometown was once a popular tourist spot, before  the emergence of the Taliban  terrorists.

Malala got initiated into activism in the early years of her school days . This was the time when the Taliban were attacking young girls in schools, disrupting their educational rights. She bravely gave a speech in September 2008 titled   , "How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?"
At a tender age  , she blogged  for BBC and  she never cease  to amaze  this  scribe and others, the Young   winner  was a nominee of International Children  Peace Prize in 2011 and wore another amazing  girdle in the same Pakistan National Youth Peace Prize.

At the tender age of 14 , the   heroine was already a threat and target of the Taliban. The Taliban terrorist tracked her and shot her instantly in   the left side of the head her on the 12th of October 2012. Such a grave attack   of the innocent girlchild who needs life and grow to lead and save the save the world and her country- barbarism.

After the grievous attack, Malala remained determined she continued advocating for her rights and other girls rights. She gave  heart  rending   speeches  on International platforms and continue  to pocket  prestigious  awards with  such  baffling  clout ,confidence and maturity.

Malala gave a  powerful  speech   at the United Nations  in 2013 and she wrote  her own  autobiography  irrespective of her young age, the autobiography is titled I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban,. In that same year the European Parliament awarded her with Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

In October 2014, Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. At age 17, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In congratulating Yousafzai, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequalled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described her as "a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.”
As the October golden sun rays    filtered through the  world  social terrains and political  landscapes  with its golden smile , it  carried  the golden news of  the Damsel of Peace dancing  to the tunes of Nobel.

Dance Malala Dance!

Monday, 29 September 2014

De- Fination!. ..DefiNation!

GirlchildVoices Fiesta/100 Tpc-Zimbabwe 27th September2014.

The Creative /Literary Arts impact   on the 27th of September 2014 was made possible by Chicken Hut Harare, Girlchildcreativity Project, Vision College and participants from   the Arts community, participating colleges that included Good news College, Vision College and  students from Pace College all  from Harare.

Participants were treated from reggae   strings and lyrics from upcoming reggae conscious music Maxwell Katewere- who gave his 3   heart rending songs, touching on the equality of humanity and the need to respect one another. Participants who included vibrant poets  Orator , Nzonze and Mwana Wa Afrika who also  presented   strong   spoken word  artistry and   performance that left   Master Class Creative Lab  in awe  and  salivating  for  more . The Poets inspired with their amount of creativity.

Not to be  outdone was  versatile actor , film maker and creative Artist Dereck Nziyakwi , who brought in  brought in  a  Master Class  Theatre and  Performance   presentation  through unique  games on stage focus ,concentration and coordination.  The Event venue came   down when students were engaged in this serious artistic theatre model that left them well cultivated and motivated.

Young  poets , speakers , writers gave their positive  views on  the for responsible creativity and Mbizo Chirasha  talk about the  link  between  Diet , food tastes and creative/artistic  tastes complimenting the role  Chicken Hut  had played in  this initiative  and program.
 Highly  creative students from  Pace College who included  Pamela Munemo were serious in their presentations of  Performance Poetry and gospel Music  , Pamela  Munemo prove to be the force to reckon  in the  future of  Zimbabwean Poetry  if not Africa- Go Girl Child GO! The sister is confident, versatile, creative and sharp.

   Participants were also  treated to   a mix pot of poetry and acoustics which brought resonance and rhythm to  the whole program. Participants later engaged in serious creative moment   as were   given a very impromptu creative writing session on   the importance of food through short stories and poetry.

Before final closure of the  day Master Class  Participants   got engaged in a panel discussion  with  the presenters  who included  Mwana Wa Afrika , Dereck Nziyakwi , Maxwell Katewere , The Orator and  Edward Nzonze.

The poems and stories will be judged with the help of poets, writers, Chicken hut and the GirlchldCreativity Project .
The 27th of September   Poetry/Literary Arts Impact will be followed a  serious motivational , literacy project   dubbed Schools  Research and Public Speaking Seminar  that also compliments the  100 Thousand Poets for change  , a program coordinated by GirlchildCreativity Project in Zimbabwe . The public Speaking seminar will see participants researching on various topics    transcending from political  , social  ,  creative ,  historical , geographical  areas and then present them before  adjudicators  who have vast knowledge on the  researched  subject matters.
In Mid October   the judged  stories  , poetry and speeches will be awarded prizes   through an Award  Ceremony that will be graced by schools , Media and business as well  creative arts activists.

            By Mbizo Chirasha, Curator of GirlchildVoices Fiesta and Zimbabwe Resident Coordinator/100TPC-global

Friday, 26 September 2014

GirlchilDVoices Fiesta-100TPC- global/Chicken Hut Creative-Literary Arts Impact 2014

Main Event- 27th September 2014

Mwana Wa Afrika-
A versatile poet, won prizes in various poetry slams in Harare, one of the founding members of Zimbabwe Defence Poets. A graduate of International Relations Studies at the Great Zimbabwe. He will be reciting his poetry and give an inspirational   talk about his writing .He is more concerned about African culture, identity and other.

The Orator- a mesmerizing shone poet. He is a trendsetter of this generation   through shone lyrical prowess.
The poet is a contender in the oncoming finals of the Star Brite project 2014. He is fast growing in his performances and writings. He will be performing his heart rending shona poetry

Edward Nzonze-  a  Teacher  , a lyricist , a determined artist . He is a published poet, recently published in an anthology by Diaspora Publishers in the UK. Nzonze is also a vibrant Slam poet  and a strong member of Zimbabwe Poets for Human rights.

Derek Nziyakwi- a renowned stand up theatre artist, filmmaker. The Artist worked   strongly in many films and productions.
He once with Edzai Isu Arts Project as a widely known Theory X. He will be giving insights on theatre and its role in community and girl child development.

Maxwell Kataware- Upcoming Reggae Musician. He is a serious Member of Bocapa Exposure. He sings   heartrending conscious and culture Music. Maxwell is a graduate of Economics from the University of Zimbabwe.
He will inspire with his Acoustic guitar and inspire participants with resonating lyrics and reggae conscious voice.

Chenjerayi Mazambani/Vasadza-  a strong  and resilient  shone lyricist . Most of his poems are published in  Shona Collections and he has graced a number state functions and events. He will talk about the importance of using indigenous languages in expressing ourselves   as well  in communicating our Art.
Wanisayi Chigwendere-
an amazing film maker, actor, scholar and writer.  The sister has organized a number of Props in most film productions in Zimbabwe. She will inspire children with a Master Class film Talk.
Tinashe Chikoko  - He is an academic Expert , social media  fan , He is a graduate  of  Soil Science from  the University of Zimbabwe.
He is the Co- Founder of Good news International College. He will share on the importance of learning, reading culture and school ethics.

Mbizo Chirasha-Convener of the Event and organizer of the Girl child Voices Fiesta. Will share on the importance of proper and natural  diets  courtesy of Chicken Hut Joina City , children will write  short stories that will be awarded basing on the subject  matter of Diet.

You will be given the Public Speaking   Forum and   Programme on Monday
Compiled  by Mbizo Chirasha- Curator/Coordinator of the GirlChildVoices Fiesta
Resident Coordinator/Zimbabwe-  100Thousand for Change-Global