UnPlugged Zimbabwe Ticket Giveaway!

As promised, I have tickets to giveaway for the UnPlugged Zimbabwe event happening this Saturday, 31 March 2018.  You can look forward to a fusion of great music, delicious food, Harare women and men killing it on the fashion front and lots of Easter treats for the kids.  Please check the poster for details of the venue, payment methods, performing acts and contact numbers incase you need more information.  You know I always have the hookup!

All you need to do is answer the questions below.  Take a screenshot and share it on any of your social media platforms using the hashtag #UnPluggedZim and stand a chance to win a ticket for yourself and a friend.  How cool is that?!

The closing date for this giveaway is Friday at midday so make sure you have your answers in by then.

MaKupsy UnPlugged Zimbabwe Easter Edition

  1. How old is UnPlugged Zimbabwe this year?
  2. Which other city has UnPlugged Zimbabwe been to?
  3. Which corporates have partnered with UnPlugged Zimbabwe?
  4. How many acts does UnPlugged Zimbabwe usually feature?
  5. What time does the UnPlugged Zimbabwe event finish?
  6. Who can attend UnPlugged Zimbabwe?
  7. Which act pulled in the biggest crowd at UnPlugged Zimbabwe?
  8. What are the perks of being an Unplugged Zimbabwe black card holder?
  9. Where can you find UnPlugged on social media? Please add their handles.
  10. What do you enjoy the most when you attend UnPlugged Events or what are you looking forward to if you win a ticket for this Saturday’s event?

UnPlugged Zimbabwe: Love, Live, Music

©MaKupsy 2018

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UnPlugged Faves

The first UnPlugged Zimbabwe event for the year 2018 is just a few days away.  Are you ready for an electrifying day packed with music, friends, food and fashion?  I know I am!

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I asked a few UnPluggers what their highlights from last year were and this is what they shared with me:

The November UnPlugged Zimbabwe;  I think it was Souljah Love or was it Killer T who performed that night not too sure anymore but somewhere along the ZimDancehall genre that month was epic! – Luwy

November! I also don’t quite remember the performances, but all I remember was it was lit!!! – Esy

I don’t remember the month maybe it was October I guess but Winky D performed.  It was lit, his band is 🔥 – Tatenda

I loved December with DJ Zinhle ❤ – Xtina

May, July, August, October, December…which UnPlugged Zimbabwe event did we go together last year?? I feel like I left another month out but all the same, too much fun was had! – Fungai

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Photo Credit : Luwy & Gaultier

From the UnPlugged Zimbabwe reviews I’m certain of a few things:

  1. I should have been there when WinkyD performed it seems like he did the most and I missed out, here’s hoping he performs again this year.
  2. Reverb 7 is the actual plug!  When he shows up on stage and starts working his magic on the decks you know you won’t be sitting down anytime soon; you will dance till it’s 10pm and you won’t even want to go home, he’s that good!
  3. I was happy to finally watch Sani Makhalima perform, I was right there in the front row taking pictures and videos, my iPhone is a happy phone.
  4. My favourite UnPlugged Zimbabwe experience was Mokoomba performed.  I have no clue what they will be singing half the time but they have massive stage presence, they are talented, their music will shock your entire being with rhythm, soul and afro fusion and they are a serious crowd puller!
  5. UnPlugged Zimbabwe is my highlight every month and I hope you will make it a part of your lifestyle as well, it’s worth every moment of it.

What have been your UnPlugged Zimbabwe faves to date?

UnPlugged Magic: Love. Live. Music

©MaKupsy 2018

UnPlugged : 10 Reasons Zimbabwe Loves Coca-Cola

UnPlugged Zimbabwe, this Saturday,1 Brompton Close, Highlands, Harare, starting from 2pm till 10pm.  Save the date!  I for one am looking forward to Sani Makhalima’s performance, he is one of my favourite artists and his music has never disappointed since I fell in love with it nearly a decade ago!  I hope to see you there, UnPlugged Zimbabwe never disappoints when it comes to keeping you entertained.

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Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why Zimbabwe Loves Coca-Cola:

  1. Coca-Cola has it’s marketing game on lock!  Almost all Zimbabweans call any any soft drink “Coca-Cola”.  That’s just how much they have successfully sold us to their brand, we are hooked!
  2. Location, location; you can find Coca-Cola anywhere, travel to any part of the country, rural areas included and you will certainly find a place that sells it.
  3. Coca-Cola is cheap.  The small 300ml bottle goes for 50 cents.
  4. Coca-Cola is refreshing, given the current weather in the country an ice cold bottle is more than welcome to help you cool down.
  5. Coca-Cola is universal.  It brings people together.  There is no part in the world that is not familiar with Coca-Cola.
  6. Coca-Cola comes in a bottle, a can or a pet.  The different packages cater to individual preferences.
  7. If you are Zimbabwean you definitely know just how delicious a coke and freshly baked buns goes down!  It’s the ultimate combination.  Coca-Cola compliments food including, sadza with a side of your choice, pizza, burgers you name it.
  8. Coca-Cola hugely supports small businesses.  Most takeaways have the huge Coca-Cola branding.  Depending on the territory they give Coca-Cola fridges for free and in return you put coke branding next to your take away name.  Cool deal right?
  9. You can mix Coca-Cola with your favourite alcoholic beverage of choice and enjoy a refreshing UnPlugged Zimbabwe experience.
  10. Whenever there’s fun there’s always Coca-Cola.  Think all things celebration, they would be incomplete without Coca-Cola!

UnPlugged Zimbabwe is giving away 6 tickets.  All you have to do is describe the one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at UnPlugged Zimbabwe if you win a ticket.  Please leave your answer in the comments section, take a screenshot of your answer and share it on the pinned post on Facebook or Twitter.  

See you at UnPlugged!


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Prayersoul, Trevor Dongo & Sani Makhalima (Red Wine)

 

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Shami, birthday girl!

 

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Dexx!

 

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Ameera Mimi, Lifestyle Blogger

 

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Fungai, fellow iPhone user

 

©MaKupsy 2017

Bulawayo UnPlugged

UnPlugged Zimbabwe decided to branch out to Bulawayo because they are amining to build a national brand. How often Unplugged goes to Bulawayo will depend entirely on the take up. If the people of Bulawayo come out and have a great time, UnPlugged will definitely look into making it a regular fixture, similar to Harare.

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CalVin

I caught up with the energetic and charismatic CalVin who was one of the main acts of the Bulawayo UnPlugged event held last month and here is what he shared with me.

Which genre does your music fall under?

My music falls under Hip Hop and Jazz.  I’m currently experimenting with Jazz so I’m a rapper who vocalises, you could say I’m Jazzy Hip Hop.

What are your favourite songs and which ones are your fans favourites?

My personal favourite songs are: King, My Life and Uthando
My fans like: Zkhuphan, Jeki and Bebengakholwa

What inspired you to pursue music?

Music is something that I grew into.  It’s something my cousins were seriously into and I caught up with that fire and I ran with it ever since I was 10 years old.

How long have you been singing?

I’ve been rapping since 1996 so that makes it 21 years of singing.  The first time I recorded something commercially was in 2003.  I can safely say I have been a commercial artist for 14 years now.

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CalVin

Top 3 things that people don’t know about you?

  1. I love comedy.
  2. I enjoy watching soccer.  I’m a Highlanders Football Club and Manchester United Football Club supporter.
  3. I don’t write my music I just freestyle my way through it.

What did you like about UnPlugged Bulawayo?

I liked the vibe that UnPlugged has.  The chilled out vibe is something you want to continue to experience.  It’s a family oriented event.  People came through with their drinks, food and their kids as well.  It was properly organised, the sound system was on point and the money was good too!

What was your experience performing at UnPlugged Bulawayo?

I enjoyed my performance.  I loved the vibe people threw back at me.  I actually took the opportunity to perform one of my Jazz songs and I did well, the crowd loved it!

Any precious gems to drop for those who want to pursue music?

If you want to pursue a career in music the first thing you need to know is that it is going to eat up most of your time.  It will demand your full attention, your money, your energy, your everything actually!  People always think it’s just about coming through to the studio and recording a song.  It doesn’t go down like that, you have to put in the work if you want to shine through a world full of artists.  We don’t want any lazy artists in the game waiting for handouts, come into the music industry knowing that you are here to work!

 You can follow CalVin on his social media platforms to stay in touch with his musical journey on;

Instagram: @iamcal_vin

Twitter: @IamCal_Vin

Facebook: @Cal Vin

Website: www.cal-vin.com

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Sunday 1 October 2017 for another blanket, wine and music affair at UnPlugged Zimbabwe, see you at Wingate Hararians! 

©MaKupsy 2017

UnPlugged Must-Haves

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I hope you have been preparing for UnPlugged because tomorrow it’s the place to be!  Your UnPlugged must-haves include items from clothes, to food to a couple of accessories.   Those of you going for the first time need to make sure you have some if not all of the things on the list below to make your UnPlugged experience all the more fun!

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Photo Credit: @mama_danai (Twitter) and her friend Rutendo

  • Sunglasses
  • Flat shoes (there will be a lot of dancing involved)
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Floral summer dress
  • Hoodie or jacket (if you are planning to stay on till the evening)
  • Power bank
  • Selfie stick
  • Cooler box (make sure you stash a lot of ice and drinks of your choice(Vodka) in there)
  • Bottled water
  • Camping chairs
  • Picnic blanket
  • Backpack or sling bag
  • Toilet paper
  • Alcohol
  • Beer sticks
  • Biltong
  • Pizza(from Pizza Slice obviously)
  • Burgers (just make sure your crush won’t be coming along it might get messy
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The UnPlugged Look

What I love about UnPlugged is that you can bring your own food and drinks.  Thankfully there are food stalls so if you run out of your own stash you can always buy yourself something tasty to eat or drink.

You can pay via swipe, ecocash and cash unfortunately Zipit is not yet available.

Performing acts to look forward to at UnPlugged tomorrow include, Tariro neGitareMunyaradzi Nyamarebvu & Roots Kalimba and the “UnPluggers Choice”, WinkyD !!!

Still not convinced to come through?  Watch the UnPlugged Zimbabwe video from here to see what the vibe is like.

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Photo Credit: @mazishuga (Twitter)

UnPlugged Zimbabwe starts at 2pm and ends at 10pm.

Make sure you enjoy every moment and don’t forget to bring your friends and family.  If you are going to be drinking alcohol please make sure you have a sober designated driver so that you get home safe and sound.

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Have I left out any UnPlugged must-haves?  If yes, please feel free to drop them in the comments section.

©MaKupsy 2017

10 Exciting UnPlugged Facts

UnPlugged is back again this Sunday!  I am already doing a mini countdown.  If you have never been then I suggest you save the date because this is an event that you don’t want to miss. I know you are here because you know I like all things exhilarating and UnPlugged is definitely one of those few things I can never get enough of.  When you go make sure you are seen but whatever you do please don’t cause a scene! Today on my blog I give you, 10 Fun UnPlugged Facts, this is the only place you have seen this because I am always a step ahead on my blogging journey.  Read on…

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1. Unplugged got its name from the initial intention to introduce acoustic performances but the event quickly morphed to being electronically amplified and the name stuck.
2. The first ever Unplugged was held in December 2014 and was attended by just 150 people.
3. It’s a roving event with no fixed abode.
4. The two childhood friends who started Unplugged share a passion for homegrown music. They have known each other for over 30 years!
5. The heart of Unplugged is artist development – providing up and coming talent the space and audience to share and develop their craft.

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Prince Musarurwa & Pah Chihera

6. Unplugged Zim, the company that manages Unplugged, is actually an Arts Organisation whose work spans across various Arts disciplines.
7. Over 150 artists have performed on the Unplugged stage.
8. Unplugged was a loss-making business for close to two years, when it finally reached break-even.
9. Unplugged’s first Bulawayo event happens this year in September, the 3rd to be precise.
10. Unplugged is looking across borders, hoping to penetrate other markets.

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*BONUS FACT* 

Artists interested in performing at Unplugged can fill in the application form at:

http://unpluggedzim.com/artist-application/

See you at UnPlugged!

©MaKupsy 2017

UnPlugged : Pineapple Creative Studio

UnPlugged is a well organised event and those who have been would never miss it for the world, come rain or shine. Despite the rains the event went well and this was a reminder that good music brings people together. I had the pleasure of attending yet another Unplugged do (the joys of being a blogger) and this time I was specifically there to watch Pineapple Creative Studio perform.  The dance crew performed well and I had a chance to speak to them after the event.

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Pineapple

My name is Chengetayi Nosikhumbuzo Mnisi better known as Pineapple.  I am the founder of Pineapple Creative Studio. I love dancing. That is the place I feel most alive; I can never see myself without dance in the bigger picture of my life. I have always been a creative bug. I enjoy art, writing (I have a blog) and talking A LOT.  I am very inquisitive some call it nosy but I love learning new things.  I am where I am today because I work hard and I believe in myself.  I am all about love, positive vibes and success. My circle wins, you can not encounter me and stay the same.

You can not encounter me and stay the same.

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TKay

My name is TKay. I am a Creative Consultant, Marketing Consultant, Business Person, Choreographer and Dance Instructor. I have been a part of a number of dance crews including 2xl and Inmates. I was Co-founder of High Definition Dance Crew. I am currently part of Pineapple Creative Studio; a crew of creatives not only in the dance scene but from every artistic perspective.   I am a brand ambassador for a few brands including Ster Kinekor. I run my own small business and I am a part of two others. I am a fan of seeing people grow and I love progress!

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LeRoi

I am LeRoi.  I am a Dance Instructor, Choreographer, Dance Fitness Trainer and Graphic Designer.

  • I have choreographed and have worked with Jah Prayzah, ExQ, Ammara Brown, Andy Muridzo, Veekay(based in Switzerland) and Oliver Mtukudzi.
  • I choreographed and made appearances in the Jah Prayzah and government video for STEM, choreographed.
  • I was part of the Bhachura video with ExQ and Ammara Brown and I have done shows with them.

I am a Fine Artist who respects his art very much.  I do portraits and paintings for individuals and nurseries. I am a level 2 copy artist Graphic Designer. I have worked with corporates such as Econet, Telecel, Manimanzi Estates and Zimoco Motors. I have my own label named LADNart and it is branded mostly on t-shirts, caps and hoodies; it focuses more on the African Wildlife. I am part of a movement and Creative company called Pineapple Creative Studio, which is a crew of different creatives, from the dance, art, fashion and music industry.

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About Pineapple Creative Studio

Pineapple Creative Studio is something that gave me many restless days and sleepless nights.  It was my biggest fear and my biggest dream. I felt like there was no space for Creatives to be accepted for who and what they are in a society that does not fully appreciate or understand creatives and how we tick.  A place where there are no rules and people are not panel beat into writing in a certain way, dancing to a certain beat and thinking in a certain way.

Pineapple Creative Studio is a place where there is nothing but passion and love.  A place where we do not allow life to get in the way of our dreams.  In as much as we do dance for now, it is the tip of the iceberg.  I am working towards Pineapple Creative Studio becoming the place where talent and passion is nurtured in its wild state. Where artists, poets, writers, photographers can come together and make magic.

A place where children can also embrace their uniqueness and make a living out of it. I intend to merge it with life coaching and  team building and raise a generation of creative leaders. It scares me but I’m grateful for the people that have believed in the dream from its inception in October 2016 to date. I have gained a family and amazing friends.

Pineapple Creative Studio is my life. – Pineapple

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©MaKupsy 2017

 

Are You Comfortable In Your Clothes?

A few months ago I decided to finally attend an event that most Hararians rave about the last Sunday of each month.  It always took place when I was out of town but this time I made sure I was available.  I only arrived sometime after 6pm and because it was winter I made sure I was fully dressed in my tights, boots, dress, jacket and scarf!  Yes, I am THAT scared of the cold.

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However, when I arrived I noticed that most of the women were dressed in shorts, tights, mini skirts and short summer dresses.  I checked out the guys and the majority of them were in jeans, t shirts and a jacket; all dressed up to keep warm.  This event starts at midday which is a great idea because you can get to show off your nice bits in the warm sun and if you want to leave early you can do so after having a great afternoon.  If you decide to stay on for the rest of the evening I think you will need to have a plan because goodness was it cold that day or what!  I could see a few women with goosebumps from a mile away and it had me thinking if they were really comfortable with their dress choice for the day or they were braving it out for the love of fashion.  Don’t get me wrong I love me some sassy clothes but I just think that sometimes us women put ourselves through the most!

I have another example.  This one time I decided to go and watch a cricket match. Me being me, I thought well, I am going for a sporting event let me wear a pair of shorts, top, sunglasses and a comfortable tennis shoes and be on my way.  Did I just not get the shock of my life when I got there.  Some women were in 6 inch heels!!  How people, tell me how?  There was obviously going to be a lot of cheering, dancing jumping and down happening and I can’t even begin to imagine just how these women were planning on enjoying their afternoon dressed in killer heels so to speak.

Do not get me wrong, this post is not meant to bash anyone for the way they dress.  If anything I actually want to know from some women why they choose to dress this way for occasions you would think were not that deep.  LOL. Have you seen how guys are always fully clothed when you go out?  Why are we putting ourselves through this much torture?  I call it torture because I don’t want to freeze my ass off in the cold when I know I could easily wear something warm or end up feeling unhappy because I am wearing shoes that are definitely not for the occasion.  When I go out I make sure that I am comfortable and happy.  I will go clubbing and never leave the dance floor because I don’t have to keep pulling my dress down or have to hold my shoes in my hand because my feet are now painful and stopping me from pulling some epic dance moves!

I asked a few guys their opinion on this issue of wearing skimpy clothes and this is what they had to say:

GUY ONE: I don’t see a problem with that dressing if you’re going for the day look but if you’re planning on being there all night then I think it’ll be wise of you to wear something that says “I’m here to relax, have a good time, look and feel comfortable & warm” something that doesn’t make it seem like you’re trying too hard to be noticed. I mean after all simple is sexy I always say. The problem is some dress to be noticed by others at the expense of themselves. “Dress for a cause not applause!” i.e dress for yourself. That ka simpleness is hella attractive!

GUY TWO: Okay well here’s the thing. I think some women dress like that to feel comfortable, especially if it’s hot. Maybe some would be looking for attention from guys, that is “seizing a bae” but ultimately I think it’s about what they feel comfortable in. If it’s going to be cold, it’s probably advisable if they bring leggings, a jacket or something to wear when it gets colder.

GUY THREE: I am just going to be honest and open about this, I WISH WOMEN DID THIS MORE, I love it!

GUY FOUR: Guys will dress more safely perhaps because guys don’t particularly go crazy because of what to wear at an occasion. They will be concentrating on what is going to happen when you get to the occasion, for example, going for a braai.  They are interested in the braaing aspect and probably how much alcohol they will drink, nothing about dress code.  Over and above I think women should just adopt this kind of attitude (what are the chances though) dress appropriately but still look really good.

So ladies, I want to hear from you, are you comfortable in what you choose to wear for an occasion? Who helps you decide on your outfit for the day and do you have a back up plan for when the weather changes up on you or you are on that “Fashion knows no weather tip”?  Let’s talk.

 

©MaKupsy 2016

 

 

 

 

Day 21 – About Last Night

After a weekend packed with fun and celebrations for Miss Kupsy I came back home yesterday afternoon feeling exhausted but I still wanted to do something to get myself ready and geared up for a new week ahead.  My DJ friend came to pick me up and we headed for open air entertainment.  I had one heck of a fabulous time.  I needed the air and this outing did the trick.  I spend too much time indoors so sometimes all I want to do is go out and scream when my favourite song is played and dance like someone is watching, obviously!  I have been blessed with a bum that can do the shaking effortlessly.

Apparently this event they have termed “Splash” happens every Sunday at Mereki so if you are in Harare and you like to get some outdoor entertainment this is the IMG-20150920-WA0007place to be.  Remember to take a warm jacket with you if you plan on staying a little longer because the place gets chilly later on.  I had one shot of whiskey and continued with two cans of Sprite which tasted like water.  I am not sure if it’s my taste buds that suck or my body is simply telling me that I should just stick to the healthy stuff.  Either way I had a lot of fun and I got home in time to get a goodnight’s rest.  This week I plan on going to Pariah State (I don’t particularly like it but there is a reason behind my wanting to go and UnPlugged Zim on Sunday afternoon.  If you are going to either of the two places we will definitely bump into each other.

I hope your Monday has started on a great note.

MaKupsy

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