Pabodzi Curators compile list of Zim’s 100 greatest songs as country turns 40

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The late Chiwoniso Maraire is featured on the list.

Zimbabwe – Pabodzi Curators have compiled a list of the 100 greatest Zimbabwean songs to commemorate 40 years since the country gained independence from British rule.

Pabodzi Curators is a group of young cultural researchers and archivists tracking and documenting the creative narrative. The group comprises Edward Kararira (SA), Tawanda Kajawu (UK), Tamika Manyoni (Zimbabwe), Plot Mhako (Germany), Marshall Shonhai (Zimbabwe), Ngqabutho Boaz Gumede, (UK) Norman Mafuratidze (SA) and Innocent Tinashe Mutero (SA).

The list dates back to the late 1950s and features genres like jazz, dancehall, dendera, gospel, sungura, jiti and Afro-soul.

“We celebrate this milestone at a point where the nation is experiencing a multilayered crisis, geopolitical vulnerability, and exposure,” Pabodzi Curators said. “To compound this, the world is walking a novel path through its worst turmoil ever. Despite our present circumstances, social and political differences, it is imperative to remember that this, our nation, will always be a beautiful nation with amazing people blessed with vast resources.

“In the past four decades, we have had some great memories. It is against this background and in that spirit that we take you on a one way, the first-class ticket back in time on a journey which précises our rich and unmatched musical history with 100 of Zimbabwe’s Greatest Songs of the last 40 years.”

Below are Pabodzi Curators’ ‘Zimbabwe’s 100 Greatest Songs’ in alphabetical order:

  1. ‘Sounds of the Motherland’ – A Peace of Ebony
  2. ‘Pamuchato waTobias’ – Admire Kasenga & Ngosimbi Crew
  3. ‘Senzenina’ – Albert Nyati
  4. ‘Shaina’ – Alexio Kawara
  5. ‘Mundikumbuke’ – Alick Macheso
  6. ‘Mapurisa’ – Andy Brown
  7. ‘Kanyama Karipi’ – Assegai Crew
  8. ‘Skokiaan’ – August Musarurwa
  9. ‘Jit Jive’ – Bhundu Boys
  10. ‘Simbimbino’ – Bhundu Boys
  11. ‘Rudo Ndimandivhaidze’ – Biggie Zhanje 
  12. ‘Unity’ – Black Umfolosi
  13. ‘Chabuda Hapana’ – Bob Nyabinde
  14. ‘True Love’ – Busi Ncube & Ilanga
  15. ‘Tombofara’ – Calvin Gudu & Muzi Mangena
  16. ‘Vanhu vemuAfrica’ – Chinx Chingaira
  17. ‘Samson’ – Cephas Mashakada
  18. ‘Mhinduro Iripo’ – Charles Charamba
  19. ‘Mai’ – Chiwoniso Maraire
  20. ‘Nesango’ – Clive Malunga
  21. ‘Bhulugwe Lami’ – Cool Crooners
  22. ‘Shosholoza’ – Don Gumbo & Ilanga
  23. ‘Asila Mali’ – Edwin Hama
  24. ‘Mugariro’ – Ephat Mujuru
  25. ‘Imali’ – Fanyana Dube
  26. ‘Wangu Ndega’ – Fortune Muparutsa
  27. ‘Ngoma Kurira’ – Frontline Kids
  28. ‘Chiramwiwa’ – Gakamoto Jumbo Stars
  29. ‘Amai Vangu’ – George Pada
  30. ‘Vakomana Vekwedu’ – Giraffe
  31. ‘Amai’ – Guess
  32. ‘In My Dreams’ – Innocent Utsiwegota, Malvin S and Major E
  33. ‘Uthando Khuwe’ – Isaac Chirwa
  34. ‘Jerusarema’ – Jah Prayzah
  35. ‘Kurwizi’ – Jamal ft. Betty Makaya
  36. ‘Jemedza’ – James Chimombe
  37. ‘BP’ – Jazz Invitation
  38. ‘Emarabini’ – Jeys Marabini
  39. ‘Mudiwa Janet’ – John Chibadura
  40. ‘Solo naMutsai’ – Jonah Moyo & Devera Ngwena Jazz Band
  41. ‘Sabhuku’ – Jonah Sithole
  42. ‘Musango Ndodzungaira’ – Kenneth Chigodora
  43. ‘Mabhawuwa’ – Khiama Boys
  44. ‘I Salute You’ – King Pinn
  45. ‘Chikwari/Rega Kusaririra’ – Lameck Moyo & Amabhubesi
  46. ‘Maidei’ – Leonard Mapfumo ft. ExQ & Kevi
  47. ‘Vhenenzia’ – Leonard Dembo
  48. ‘Chitekete’ – Leonard Dembo & Barura Express
  49. ‘Hupenyu Mutoro’ – Leonard Zhakata
  50. ‘Mugove’ – Leonard Zhakata
  51. ‘Emoyeni’ – LMG Choir
  52. ‘Umoya Wami’ – Lovemore Majaivana
  53. ‘Rudo Moto’ – Marshall Munhumumwe & Four Brothers
  54. ‘Pamuhacha’ – Mateo
  55. ‘Ndoenda Kwambuya’ – Mbira Dzenharira
  56. ‘Ndega Munzira’ – Mbuya Madhuve
  57. ‘Makorokoto’ – Mechanic Manyeruke & The Puritans
  58. ‘Come to me (Hapana Mazwi)’ – Michael Lannas & Talking Drum
  59. ‘Huya Titambe’ – Mopo & ZINAWA
  60. ‘Phenduka’ – Ndolwane Supersounds
  61. ‘Chati Huwi’ – Newman Chipeni
  62. ‘Nyaradzo’ – Ngwenya Brothers
  63. ‘Mudiwa Wangu’ – Nicholas Somerai
  64. ‘Mabvi neMagokora’ – Nicholas Zakaria & Khiama Boys
  65. ‘Tozeza Baba’ – Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits
  66. ‘Neria’ – Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits
  67. ‘Wapenga Nayo Bonus’ – Patrick Mkwamba & The Four Brothers
  68. ‘Tanga Wandida’ – Paul Matavire & Jairos Jiri Band
  69. ‘Murambinda’ – Paul Mpofu & Zambuko Band
  70. ‘Tsaona’ – Pengaudzoke
  71. ‘Ruva Rangu’ – Pied Pipers
  72. ‘Kumusha’ – Prince Tendai & Mitchel Jambo
  73. ‘Character’ – Prince Tendai Mpfurutsa
  74. ‘Tina’ – R&K African Sounds
  75. ‘Chidzoka’ – Roki
  76. ‘Everybody is Free’ – Rozala Miller
  77. ‘KwaHunyani’ – Safirio Madzikatire
  78. ‘Kufa Kwangu’ – Sekuru Gora
  79. ‘Mirira Mangwanani’ – Shingisai Suluma
  80. ‘Nditorei’ – Shuvai Utawunashe & Family Singers
  81. ‘Samatenga’ – Simon Chimbetu & Dendera Kings
  82. ‘Mwana Wedangwe’ – Simon Chimbetu & Marxist Brothers
  83. ‘Banolila’ – Solomon Skuza
  84. ‘Love and Scandals’ – Solomon Skuza
  85. ‘Chava Chimurenga’ – Stella Chiweshe
  86. ‘Zvachanyona’ – Steve Makoni
  87. ‘Handitambwe Iyoyo’ – Susan Mapfumo
  88. ‘Anodyiwa Haataure’ – System Tazvida & Chazezesa Challengers
  89. ‘Furuwa’ – Tairosi Tendaupenyu
  90. ‘Wake’ – Tanga WekwaSando
  91. ‘Meet Me in Zimbabwe’ – Temba Ndlovu
  92. ‘MaDhebhura’ – Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited
  93. ‘Vanhu Vatema’ – Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited
  94. ‘Naye’ – Tongai Moyo & Utakataka Express
  95. ‘Ndochi’ – TP Nyekese (Papa Jose)
  96. ‘Ma Bus Driver’Vari – Various Artists
  97. ‘Ngirozi’ – Winky D ft. Vabati VaJehovah
  98. ‘Chipo Chiroorwa’ – Zexie Manatsa & The Green Arrows
  99. ‘Gomo Ramasare’ – Zig Zag Band
  100. ‘Vimbiso’ – Cha Cha Cha Kings

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