Episode 12: Afro jazz music sensation meets actor and film extraordinaire

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 Munya Chidzonga                                               Dudu Manhenga

Click this link to watch the trailer: https://zambezimagic.dstv.com/

Munya Chidzonga

Munyaradzi Diamond Boy Chidzonga is a Zimbabwean actor, film producer, writer and businessman based in the capital city Harare. Chidzonga was born on 13 July 1986. He rose to fame when he represented Zimbabwe in the Big Brother Africa reality television show in 2010.

Chidzonga fame came with his participation in the 2010 edition of the Big Brother Africa in which he represented Zimbabwe. Chidzonga broke the record when he escaped elimination for a record 9 times in the Big Brother Africa reality television show. He won the hearts of more than 10 million Africans who voted for him to ensure his survival.

After the reality show, Munya went on to produce and act in the films Lobola (2010) and The Gentleman (2011) through his production company, Ivory Pictures. In 2012, he won a NAMA Award for the Most Outstanding Actor in the Film and Television category for his performance in the film The Gentleman. In 2014, Chidzonga starred in the third season of the South African comedy-drama show Mzansi Love, which was aired on e.tv and eKasi+. Chidzonga was born on 13 of July, 1986. For his secondary education, he attended Peterhouse Boys’ School, an elite independent school just outside Marondera, where he was a prefect. He was hailed for his performance in a school play, “Absent Friends”, in 2004.Munya then went on to get a Bachelor of Arts degree in Motion Picture at The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance in Cape Town, South Africa.

Chidzonga married 2008 Idols East Africa finalist Adiona Maboreke at a private ceremony in Harare in 2012

And Dudu Manhenga closed off the show on a melodious note

Dudu Manhenga

Dudu Manhenga is a prominent Zimbabwean born Afro Jazz artist. She performs with the band Colour Blu and they have performed on local platforms such the Book Cafe, HIFA as well as internationally. Dudu was born on January 6, 1981 and is the second child in a family of four. She is married to Blessing Muparutsa and is a mother of four.

She attended St Bernard’s Primary School in Pumula before moving to St Columbus High School (Bulawayo) where she completed her ordinary and advanced level studies. She studied music at the Zimbabwe College of Music after which she went to Kenya where she also studied music at the Pan African Christian College. Despite getting 12 points at A level, she chose not to go to university.

Having started music at a very tender age, by grade three Dudu was already the leader of her primary school choir. Having met the now husband Blessing at college, together they formed Colour Blu. Dudu together with her band Colour Blu has released four albums to date. They have performed on both local and international platforms and toured countries such as Sweden. Besides music, Dudu is also into activism, motivational speaking as well as being a director of ceremonies. Dudu Manhenga is the chair for the Association for Women in Performing Arts in Zimbabwe (AWIPAZ). She was also a board member of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe. Some of her popular hits include Bengimthandile, Mvura, We Langa, Kudala, Zvapressa and Sekukude.

 

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