To some, the St George's Cross can be seen as a symbol of oppression but Rachel wants to reclaim the flag

Rachel Chinouriri: ‘England’s my home, even if I’ve felt unwelcome’

BBC Ahead of her debut album’s release next month, Rachel Chinouriri is prepared for people to have questions about its artwork. “Your first reaction, especially if you’re black seeing that, might be like, ‘What on Earth is she doing’?,” she tells BBC Newsbeat. The singer’s talking about the England flag, which features prominently on the

Y2K Organisers say more than 7,000 people attended last year's Africa Music Festival in Nelson Mandela Park

Leicester: Police concern over plans for Africa Music Festival in park

BBC Police have raised concerns about a proposal to stage a musical festival in a Leicester park. The organisers of the Africa Music Festival want to hold the event in Abbey Park at the end of August. However Leicestershire Police has asked the city council to refuse a licence for the event. The force said

Ziyanai Ziyai Maunganidze Maraire, the rising luminary known as ZNi. Picture: Supplied

Artist ZNi talks musical legacy as he strives to make a name for himself globally

IOL Artist Ziyanai Ziyai Maunganidze Maraire, a rising luminary known as ZNi, is causing seismic shifts in the music industry, crafting a sound that effortlessly transcends borders. As the son of the legendary Dumi Maraire and brother to Chiwoniso Maraire, names synonymous with musical greatness, ZNi’s upbringing resembled a symphony of exploration and learning, surrounded

Rachel Chinouriri has shared her new album title track, ‘What a Devastating Turn of Events’

Readdork Rachel Chinouriri has unveiled her latest single, ‘What A Devastating Turn Of Events’. The title track of her upcoming debut album, it follows up on previous singles ‘Never Need Me’ and ‘The Hills.’ The song derives its emotional depth from Chinouriri’s own life experiences, particularly a family tragedy that profoundly affected her. Rachel explains:

Munya Chawawa: The multitalented artist blending comedy, music, and baking

BNN A young man clad in a chef’s coat, donning a mop of curly hair and a warm smile, chops vegetables with a rhythmic cadence. This is not your average cooking show; it’s the latest episode of “Celebrity Bake-Off,” and Munya Chawawa, a British-Zimbabwean actor, comedy rapper, and comedian, is at the helm. The Unraveling

UK: ZimLinkUp returns for second year with stellar line-up

Familiar names including Killer T and Freeman among headline acts By Own Correspondent UK: ZimLinkUp 2024 will return in May for a weekend-long celebration with a top line-up of acts. The family-friendly festival dedicated to showcasing the rich tapestry of Zimbabwean culture, heritage, and art, is set to take place over the 4-6 May weekend

UK: Macheso returns to Leicester for summer curtain call

By UK Correspondent UK: Sungura maestro Alick Macheso returns to Leicester this Saturday for the ‘Mixed Bag23’ show, which is effectively the curtain-call on what has been an exciting summer for music lovers in the UK. Macheso, who arrived in the UK earlier this week, leads an impressive cast that includes the likes of Diana

UK: Mashusha launches ‘Mambokadzi healthy life’ initiative

By UK Correspondent LEEDS: She helped mainstream women’s artistic excellence with the popular all-female cultural dance ensemble Mambokadzi and then went on to fight against the abuse of women in an often-cutthroat arts industry. Now, UK-based actress and choreographer Enisia Mashusha, is tackling the challenge of wholesome wellness (mental, physical and social health) with this

UK: Jah Prayzah and Winky D set to rock much-awaited Africa Festival

By UK Correspondent ZIMBABWE music heavyweights Jah Prayzah and Winky D are among the headline acts for the inaugural Africa Festival – ‘The Legends Tour’ which is set for Leicester’s Nelson Mandela Park next weekend. Organised by Y2K Entertainment and sponsored by – among others Diaspora Insurance – the festival signals curtains down on what

A student who fell in love with comedy when he was 12 years old has won the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2023.

Student doctor wins Chortle Student Comedy Award

BristolUK Riki Msindo joins a rollcall of former winners that includes Joe Lycett, Jamali Maddix and Phil Wang.   24-year-old Riki battled through multiple heats to make it to the award finals, where he faced nine of the UK’s best young comics – including fellow University of Bristol student Muhsin Yesilada. The final was hosted

PICTURES: Diaspora Insurance at the Zim Turn Up show in Leicester

By UK Correspondent UK-based pan-Africa risk solutions company Diaspora Insurance partnered Prince Nathan Entertainment as the latter hosted some of Zimbabwe’s finest young musicians at the weekend. The ‘Zim Turn Up’ show was held Saturday at the K Venue in Leicester featuring top artists like Tocky Vibes, Nox Guni, Potain, Jah Master and several others.

UK: Zimbabwe-born Downtown Kayoto is Hull’s next great musical hope

By Downtown Kayoto has just finished uni. That’s three years of medical biochemistry all wrapped up, done, fini. You’d expect him to be hungover or, at the very least, a little tired from the extended pub session that presumably occurred yesterday, straight after his last exam. But no. The 22-year-old is fresh as a daisy, peering

US: Zim-born Chef Zweli Williams wants people to understand African food

By Jenn Rice “I have to be true to who I am and who I am is African; who I am is African food.” “Zwelis Kitchen is my heart,” says chef Zweli Williams, as she sits at a corner table by the window at the newly opened Ekhaya (406 Blackwell Street), located in Durham’s vibrant American Tobacco Campus. Ekhaya

Gospel music icon Rebecca Malope to be honoured at Diaspora Insurance-sponsored UK Concert

By Staff Reporter LEGENDARY South African gospel artist Rebecca Malope’s legacy in the music industry will be celebrated during her much-anticipated show set for the Piccadilly Banqueting Suite in Birmingham, United Kingdom this Saturday. Diaspora Insurance is one of the key partners and sponsors for the much-anticipated show which has been dubbed ‘Legendary Night in Concert Live

Australia-based Tkay Maidza’s song featured in new 2023 Apple AirPods Pro commercial

By You know it already: whenever Apple releases a new commercial, there is undoubtedly some interesting song to discover. Especially if it comes to their Airpods. In 2022 the Internet went crazy for Harry Styles and the silhouette ad. In 2023, another reason sent the fans to heaven: an exciting commercial explaining the noise-canceling