Of The Band On My Hand #2018BOTY

Today is day 11 of 25 Days of Christmas, one post everyday celebrating the best of 2018 #2018BOTY

This year was should be the year I would have bought my best phone ever then even done an unboxing video and full on interactive review made for a VR Box in 360 degrees

but you know what they say 

Man Plans, and God Laughs

Chess with God

A stranger in need decided their need for my laptop was greater than mine and that it would be better if they and not me possessed it. If only they had given me a warning then I would have backed up all the words that called my laptop home, and also my external hard drive.

And just when I was wondering what else could possibly go wrong, my phone decided to tap out, lights out, knock knock, no one is home.

A moment of silence to all the drafts you will never read 

Image result for dead phone clip art

My current replacements are like those biscuit spare tyres that you are supposed only supposed to use until you get to the nearest tyre dealer and those are supposed to be a blogger’s best friends next to a whole lot of internet.

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While I was writing this, I was busy trying to figure out what my best purchase for the year was and I have it. The best thing I bought cost me  fifty cent bond coin. I bought it from a lady who sold odd assortments, at an illegal fleamarket stall in downtown Harare.

A hair scrunchie thingie, I dont know its has a real name.

Initially she quoted me a ridiculous amount of money stressing how it was made of strong, durable, elastic material but as I walked away she kept dropping the price until she said;

“Just give me whatever you have.”

All I had, was a fifty cent coin and she said that was exactly enough for her busfare home and she would accept it, since business was slow and she had not sold a single item all day.

Its an interesting thing this elastic hairband thing (again what is the word for this stretchy oddity? Please help

I bought it at the beginning of the year and have worn it more as an arm ornament than as a hair securing device.

wearing elastic hair band as wristband

I really would not mind buying another exactly like this but the government cracked the whip on vendors after the Cholera outbreak in attempt to bring sanity in the streets, and have no way of finding the person who sold me this particular one. I have seen many others but they dont quite feel like this one does, some too stretchy others not stretchy enough; this one just right.

I have really long hair, and sometimes it gets all up in my face, or an errant strand brushes up on the nape of my neck, like some sinister serpent slithering around my neck and startling me; (I really do not like snakes I have a very rational fear that people get bitten and they die. Perfectly reasonable, possible, probable, & inevitable……) and still I wear my hair band as an armlet except for when I really need my hair tamed behind  my head like when cooking or eating especially burgers or brushing teeth  and other things 

two strand twist rasta

Whats a hair band for but an excuse to simply flaunt your hair.

~B

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Of Coffee With Colour #2018BOTY

If you were having coffee with me, we would be hanging out with nothing more than a paint brush and a dream…….

I usually stay away from the news because it seems nothing good ever happens only violence, corruption, politricks, crime, inflation, disasters,  outbreaks, floods, droughts, war and death……..
You watch the news and you ask yourself so many questions; if nothing good ever happens

Then I saw this article:

“We want to add colour the city”

we want to add colour to the city
The Herald 17 November 2018

Its the story about a duo with a simple passion, “To Bring Colour Back To The City”  and remind people how amazing paint is…..

Calgraph Done differently

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that Marcus and Nyasha run CaliGraph; a new age advertising agency focusing on township media and meaningful design.

They use graffiti murals to beautify the city, adopting graffiti as medium of advertising, they are giving the city some colour and doing things differently through various collaborations.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that their work resonates with me, I love art, I see the ugliness in the world and I try to paint over it with words;

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that I had a quick chat with them, since I am fan of street art and the literal interpretation of bringing back the colour to the sunshine city by one mural at a time.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that, their favourite colour is gold;

“in everything we do we put the gold standard and in our opinion it is an inspirational colour”

They are willing to work and collaborate, to paint public spaces, to raise awareness and spread messages, colourful park benches, precast walls; if you let them, I bet they would paint even roads……

If you have an idea or space or just want to tell them you support their dream you can check out their website

Day 10 of my 25 days of festivities was about a news story that made my year #2018BOTY

~B

Of Coffee With Mellow Creme #2018BOTY

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that its day 9 of my 25 days of festivities celebrating the Best Of The Year 2018 #2018BOTY

If you were having coffee with me, you would probably be able to guess that my best drink is, you guessed it coffee? Yes?

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that we are having Coffee With Mellow Creme which sounds like a fancy beverage but really you would have guessed wrong, unless you knew, then you would know.

Mellow Creme is a Zimbabwean hip hop artist and I was at a listening session of his upcoming album Theory of Nakedivity at the British Council Library Harare (after the library had closed for the day obviously and it was perfectly legit in case you were wondering so shout out to them for the space and supporting creatives)

Theory of nakedivity listening session
So happy to be hosting a listening session for @mellowcremelove new HipHop Soul album in our #Library as he prepares for the launch coming soon. Great mellow vibe with some good music

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that I have a never been to listening session before, actually I have never heard of one until now, apparently they are a whole thing.

A listening session isnt an album launch, its like having beta readers giving you feedback on your project but in this case since its music, its your yet to be launched music played to an intimate gathering and as one explains thoughts behind each song, frame of mind and how each track came to be, before playing it and afterwards open up to questions, comments and suggestions.

nakedivity

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you I think its a very courageous  thing to do, its like sharing a picture of your soul and asking people for their honest thoughts

 This album is the story of a man being honest about his feelings and experiences without fear of being judged

Theory Of Nakedivity
Mellow Creme


What if we all walked naked in this world? Without makeup, fancy clothes or material things that cover up our true selves, our ‘blemishes’. What if we had to tell the truth?

#Nakedivity Mellow Creme
Theory of nakedivity

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that Theory Of Nakedivity is a 9 track HipHop Soul Album delivered in Mellow’s unmistakable voice backed by crooning vocals alongside a live band which features Saxaphone music and even some mbira music in an afrofusion symphony. Its got that old school feel to it that Lauryn Hill Soul meets Hip Hop music

At 40 years old the album addresses Mellow’s everything; from insecurities at being too old to be chasing dreams and the hip hop game in Too Old For Love; the proverbial middle finger to those who did not believe in his dreams in Hakuna (no one.. like me) an African love affair for life forever in One Life Stand to the love for his wife, daughter and homies that he lost, in Hennesey By The lake.  

The Theory of Nakedivity is his life story in music. Mellow at his most vulnerable

The Album is available on his site:

I think its something most artists should if they didnt already and I just didnt know about it, it helps people connect more with music the life and inspiration behind the words 

As SoProfound put it; one doesnt just start by filling up stadiums one starts with small gatherings like THIS 

If you were having coffee with Mellow Creme and I, I would tell you it was a fun experience and the crowd was good people…..

mellow creme nakedivity listening session
Mellow Creme
beaton Mabaso
Donald Gwasira
beaton mabaso
donald gwasira zimbuzz

Whats going on in your neck of the woods ? Here’s to an awesome week

~B

If you just landed on my site say hi drop a link in the comments if you have anything I should have look at and also if you see any interesting links in the comments do check them cause I roll with awesome company

PhotoCredits:

British Council ZW

Mellow Creme

MotsiMufaro

Donald Gwasira

Of Mlilo The Dragon Braaimaster #2018BOTY

Hello I am Beaton and I am a dragon or rather I am the closest thing to a dragon you are going to read about today.

starting digital fires

If dragons were real, I would be a shape-shifter and I would turn into one, or at the very least dragons would be my spirit animal or Totem (or mutupo as its known in Shona language)

dragon patronus
dragon patronus

I imagine if you wanted to thank or praise and or simply flatter me you would chant a clan praise song exactly quite unlike this one

Introducing:

The first flame,
His most royal spontaneous combustor,
Consumer of all leaving nothing but ash,
Burner of things,
Bringer of light,
Chaser of darkness,
Giver of warmth
Keeper of secrets
Custodian of legends
And Teller of stories

I am not a dragon and neither are they our spirit animals but my totem is FIRE.

Yes, it’s a real thing, my totem (mutupo) is fire/Moto/Mlilo/Chauke and no its not common, most totems are animals and you are not supposed to eat your spirit animals lest you bring forth the wrath of your ancestors and your teeth fall out; it won’t rain and then top that with a whole lot of misfortune, which wont end, till you consult a traditional doctor and find a way to appease your ancestors.

I wish our totems served another purpose apart from being way to identify your kin and where you belong amongst strangers, like if you could shapeshift into it or command your animal patronus or in our case I could say “flame on” and conjure fire balls.

flame on

My spirit animal would totally barbecue your spirit animal:
Fire fascinates me, fire burns and all fires burn its something you learn for yourself

who needs the sun when the fire inside burns hot


Well, my spirit animal is fire and unlike the other totems we have no dietary restrictions in fact we love to celebrate our ancestry by having a jolly good braai and a good old fire cook out.

Whats a fire than a reason to have a barbecue?

Pig head in pot
Barbecue meat braai
festive family braai

Of Connect.Hubs #2018BOTY

Day 7 of 25 Days of Blog Posts celebrating the best of 2018 #2018BOTY

My highlight experience for 2018 has to be, being in the pilot Connect.Hubs programme.

come connect go connect

A digital storyteller who creates stories entwined with the beauty and
chaos of the place he calls home legends of old married to the science
of today, spawning narratives that celebrate the magic and mystery of
his ancestry.
Beaton is builder of creative communities bringing together bloggers
who tell Africa’s narrative through the Afrobloggers network helping
fashion the influence of Africa’s blogging culture into a perspective
changing instrument of sustainable development.

Connect.hubs is an initiative to support the social and creative hubs in Southern Africa that drive the creative economies and create social impact in the region. #connecthubs is a project by BritishCouncil  #SouthernAfricaArts BritishCouncil Zimbabwe and Hivos Southern Africa with training led by NESTA, and support from ElectricSouth , Enthuse Afrika and Young BloodAfrica.

Connect.Hubs Harare

It was an enlightening experience connecting with 22 creatives from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Connect.Hubs

Collaboration is the new innovation

We connected and now we are going to create…..
I cannot wait to see the creations that will come from these connections

We had a hub tour seeing some local Hubs


From Chill Spot Records a music hub in Mbare, the home Zim Dancehall music, where we hung out with Levels and Fantan the guys who make the magic happen and some of the hubsters in our group dropped bars on microphone on a freestyle track

Chill Spot Could never be a kill spot
Chillspot Records
Chill Spot records

To DeMoyo Fashion, a hub created by Paidemoyo a fashionista whose been on the worldwide catwalks with A-listers and now works to create and nurture local talent. (Moyo means Heart in Shona)

DeMoyo
always from demoyo
Always from DeMoyo

Moto republik a creative hub and co-shared working space

Moto Republik

B2C A business incubator and co-shared working space

B2C

The days were jam packed with learning activities covering various modules  and I can say my skill set has gone up a level

Anatomy of a hub leader

We not only got to learn but to network and forge collaborations spreading across boarders, to harness the power of our connections and strengths to see what magic happens

Come connect go create Its time to collaborate
The future of innovation is in collaboration

~B

Photo Credit: HIVOSROSA

Elliot    Early Entertainment

Joel     Yoweli Chungu Filimu

Allan   choma provincial library

Of Alone – Monogrenade and Titans#2018BOTY

I watch TV for research purposes and to discover new music…. thats my story and I am sticking to it ^_^

While watching an episode of Titans (a DC universe series based on DC Comics Team Titans) I caught the snippet of a song which I found hauntingly catchy.

Titans DC Comics

You know

How it feels

Alone

Alone

Fight for your life

Pray for the others

To die

You’re waiting for the others

To die

Alone

I think I want to listen the rest of that song, I decided there and then and pressed pause on the series so I could use SoundHound or Shazaam to identify the track.  It usually can tell you the artist and song with ease, but this time no such luck.

I even tried listening for a phrase which I could Google and hopefully track down the errand track but again no luck.

The only search results that remotely mentioned the song where from other internet users asking about the track from Episode 1 Season 1 of Titans  Robin is cleaning his suit.

Song playing on Titans Episode 1 season 1 Robin cleaning suit
Alone by Jean-MichelPigeon of the Band Monogrenade

I accepted the challenge that the internet gave me and applied my superb research skills to track down the track

Its as yet, unreleased, done on contract for the show…… and yes I got that direct from the artist of the band in question Jean-Michel Pigeon of Monogrenade, a francophone band based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

And this is how I came about the music that made my year. Monogrenade, I have been playing these guys as my background music

Monogrenade

~B

Photocredit Titans IMdb

Monogrenade wikipedia

Of #BlogIndabaWednesdays: uBU #2018BOTY

Every Wednesday in one of my blogging circles Blog Indaba The meeting place we pick one blogger to crush on and hype them up all over the interwebs because blogging means community^_^

Blog Indaba

This Wednesday crush was uBu of Thought After Thought

ubu Thought after Thought
#BlogIndabaWednesdays

Nobuhle Nyoni was born to be uBu The Artist: Singer|Songwriter|Blogger

uBu ‘s blog is where she translates her Thought After Thought into Words. Love, fiction and deep thoughts in the category:

She “talks” fashion in the category:

and because

Visuals bring lessons to those willing to learn..

there’s the category

An empty stomach equals an angry someone.. A stagnant someone equals an empty life..

the reason for

I found my strength and I used it to succeed and I am often misunderstood, here is why..

Thus begins the category

She even has a category for people who have good things to say about her 

uBu recently gave her site an overhaul and I love the new energy, how her blog feels and looks. She’s the one who schooled me on the use of buttons, in creating links function, which I will use to the death in this post. So if you reading this and wondering how was this done, its the button block that’s what it does !!!!!

Here’s an oldie goldie post ♥♥♥ and here’s to the journey to improving ourselves

uBu‘s also turns her thoughts into music, its something I never knew until quite recently and I am in awe, I have had her music on repeat ever since. A radio personality relation of mine walked in while I was listening to one of her tracks and casually mentioned “oh you listen to uBu, cool music” and I was left speechless her music plays on the radio; how did I never know?….

My day 5 post on the 25 days of blogging challenge that celebrates the best of the year 2018 #2018BOTY is a single by uBu, Ncosasa. I know it was released a year back but its the first track on this December’s playlist. 

ncosasa

She also has new music out do check it out and also other posts from the blog indaba fam

teemadzika

My dialectics

Makupsy

Of Wandering In Africa On Faith and The Sky In Their Eyes #2018BOTY

25 posts, one post a day, celebrating the best of 2018 #BOTY2018

#2018BOTY best of the year

From the top of my head I can not come up with a single  non-fiction book that I read this year….. 

Lets just say the best way to get me to not read a book is to tell me its non-fiction book; especially of the self-help/motivational variety, I find most of these rather draining than inspirational. My artistic sensitivities are somewhat offended by the condescending attitude I perceive in between the subtext, when authors are basically telling you that your mind is the architect of all your suffering and try to shock treat you into an attitude adjustment…….

But I still appreciate the benefits of a nicely put together non-fiction, with a great background story; here’s a quick run down of my non-fiction list, past present and future. (click image to go my review)

On The Other Hand The Little Anthology Of Big Questions By Renée Paule

On the other hand

On the other hand is a “tiny” book of questions, it doesn’t have the answers, only questions
Through the Author’s journey to learn who they are we also ask ourselves challenging questions about the things we have always accepted without question.

Girls With Sky In Their Eyes By Chiseche

For Girls with sky in their eyes

This is a very short poetry book but the stories told are real. Even if you think you arent into poetry I recommend you invest a few minutes to read this

I always knew that this was a collection directed towards girls….but men and boys are also encouraged to read it! For me, the sky is a representation of so many things; hope, limitlessness, the world, heaven

So…it’s a representation of those who have a steady eye on hope despite whatever is going on around them

~ChisecheSays

The next book is on my to be read list, Vagabond wandering through Africa  on faith by Lerato Mogoatlhe

Vagabond wandering through africa on faith

Lerato quit her job and spent five years drifting through 21 countries of Africa. The book is a travel memoir, capturing Africa beyond doom and gloom: Africa with love, humour and dignity. Lerato is funny and witty and can weave a crazy story, so even though I said I stay away from non-fiction I am huge fan of and cant resist a great story. The book is available to preorder at HERE

And also its my mum’s birthday today. Happy Birthday ^_^

Her handbag is sermon. If you can read, it carries a message;

A message of His infinite forgiveness:

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

They say He works in mysterious ways and if something as simple as handbag can carry a message what about His wonderful creation…….

~B

My Beautiful Dark AfroFantasy #2018BOTY

If you don’t know me by now……… you should know I am a huge fan of Epic High Fantasy.

Give me magic and mystery amidst a grand narrative……

grand narrative]

Tolkien’s Lord of the rings, Terry Goodkind’s Sword of truth, Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the fallen, George R.R. Martin’s A song of fire and ice, Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles, Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera, Sabaa Tahir’s Embers Series to name drop a few and of course J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter 

Early this year I discovered authors who write fantasy steeped in their African lore, myths, traditions and I fell in love with the magic in our ancestry all over again.

My beautiful dark afro fantasy

I wrote reviews on some of the books: (click image to go to my review)

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Children of blood and bone Tomi Adeyemi

Beasts Made Of Night – Tochi Onyebuchi

Beasts Made of night - tochi onyebuchi

and I just recently finished reading the sequel Crown of Thunder

Kintu by Jennifer Makumbi

House Of Stone – Novuyo Tshuma

House of stone Novuyo rosa tshuma

And I think I binge read all the books by The Iroko Tree Witch: Nnedi Okorafor 

Reading these authors has helped me to connect, embrace and be proud of my heritage and now when you ask me what I write I will tell you that, I cant do magic so I write:

“I write fantasy, fantasy steeped in African mythology, legends of old married to the science of today, spawning narratives that celebrate the magic in my ancestry and the myths behind the truth of my heritage……….”

~B

If you know any fantasy books I should look out for do let me know……

Of Coffee and TV Shows #2018BOTY

If you were having coffee with me, I would thank you for visiting and ask if you can feel the festive season brewing….. Everywhere you look festive colours are popping up, festive specials out and even TV has got festive feel good programming. 

We are ending the year with a festive special; one post a day celebrating the Best Of The Year 2018 #BOTY2018. Do feel free to jump in, just use the hashtag in your tags so others can find you 

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you its Day 2 of 25 and I should be write about a TV show that made my year great. 

Top on my list would be TV Soapies such as Generations created and produced by Mfundi Vundla. Which has been running on SABC1 weekdays at 8pm without fail ever since it first aired in 1994 (except for the time it went on break because due to “creative differences” half the cast “left” and it was rebranded to Generations: The Legacy) Watching it over supper is like a family tradition no rhyme or reason…….

Generations The legacy Mfundi Vundla

Then there’s also Rhythm City, Skeem Saam and Scandal ETV  which are all weekday TV Soapies (from 6.30 – 8.00pm)

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you, if you are surprised I watch Soapies well I love how they tell everyday stories and you can even say I watch for research purposes; so I can develop the characters that I write and even maybe one day, who knows people will gather round over supper to watch something I will have helped shape

TV LAND

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that maybe I like watching the animated show Teen Titans Go and might even have done questionable things to watch it.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the festive season is upon us but at this rate looks like wont be much of any festivities going on with the whole fuel situation and the looming price hikes and our crazy multi-tier pricing system  but hey as long as I have TV, The internet and my blog its on

what your festive line up looking like?

Cheers

~B