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Archive for April, 2011

Royal Romance – Gaga Style

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Friday, April 29th, 2011 by Amanda Atwood

And, in honour of the royal wedding, we’ve also just watched the video of the St Andrews choir covering Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance – Kate and Will style. Well done boys!

Keep it in character, HIFA

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Friday, April 29th, 2011 by Amanda Atwood

I’ve been working with some of the fabulous HIFA reviews, photos and videos Upenyu has been sending through. But one question for the HIFA organisers for next year:

Do the performers have to wear their performer bands on their wrists? It’s distracting, and it detracts from the actors’ costumes and credibility as “in character” on the stage.

Royal Wedding in Zimbabwe

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Friday, April 29th, 2011 by Bev Clark

We took a bit of time out today in between work and HIFA to witness the Royal Wedding. We toasted the happy couple with a whiskey in a nearby bar. We dressed up a bit, and turned a few heads, both in amazement and horror. Thanks to Liz our co-worker, colleague and woman of many talents, for taking the snap.

No water

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Friday, April 29th, 2011 by Bev Clark

The Kubatana offices are on the second floor of an office building near the city centre of Harare. Yip, the women’s toilets are painted a garish pink, and the men’s a bright blue. Go figure. It seems like the whole of Harare is experiencing dry taps today, even whilst we’ve just had a major down pour – the last of the rainy season?

Colours of Dreams – Video Clip

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Friday, April 29th, 2011 by Upenyu Makoni-Muchemwa

The Zim Dollar is about to make a come back, and BabaGilbert can barely contain his excitement. He is going to make it big with BNG Merchant Bank (Baba naMai Gilbert). Watch this video clip from Colours of Dreams currently on at HIFA.

Kubatana goes inside out with the Gorgeous Alenka Ponjavic, opera singer and popcorn addict

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Friday, April 29th, 2011 by Bev Clark

Zimbabwean audiences have been wowed for several years by Alenka Ponjavic who regularly performs at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA).

Alenka graciously gave Kubatana some of her time and went Inside Out with us.

Alenka Ponjavic – the princess of the Balkans and Queen of Everyone and Everything and Everywhere else (she really believes this is true), Opera singer and Artist at HIFA.

Find out more about Alenka from her web site: www.alenkaponjavic.com

Describe yourself in five words?
Determined, a bit crazy, passionate, artistic, compassionate (I hope).

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
From my mother: if you’re going to do something, do it properly or don’t bother.

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?
Stapling a dress together, and singing in it in front of 5000 people. Ridiculous is necessary and very present.

What is your most treasured possession?
My voice.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
On a global scale, a large number of people not having access to basic necessities. Also for us who have these things, I feel miserable that exists.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
I write poetry and paint and don’t have any talent for it.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My nose and my double chin.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I don’t really have any.

What have you got in your fridge?
2 litres of milk that’s gone off, a bottle of champagne and a bit of cheese.

What is your greatest fear?
To be imprisoned for no reason. To be imprisoned innocent.

What have you got in your pockets right now?
No pockets on me!

What is your favourite journey?
All journeys are favourite. As long as they are journeys I am happy, and life itself is a journey.

Who are your heroes in real life?
I make a point of having no heroes. Ultimately when you meet a person who you think is a hero you realise they are just a person.

When and where were you happiest?
The day I got accepted at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study music. Its been a holiday ever since.

What’s your biggest vice?
Addiction to popcorn. I am in the process of developing Popcorn Anonymous. The first thing I checked at HIFA after dropping my suitcase was where the popcorn machine was. Otherwise I would have called Manuel.

What were you like at school?
One of those people who wanted to have lots of results without working too hard.

What are you doing next?

Ordering a carrot cake, my second biggest vice