The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Spirit Medium Challenges Bev

opinion

VICTORIA Falls is famed for the myth and mystic of giant waterfalls and the soothing smoke that thunders. But it also has its other side, the myth and mystery of a middle-aged woman who has attracted attention as an ultramodern traditional healer, a lodge owner and raunchy dancer.Trebling up as owner of Royal Lodge and a raunchy dancer for the guests and a n'anga treating their ailments, sounds quite a complete persona.

That alone is nothing but a total package for anyone yearning for fun!

The self-styled traditional healer-cum-dancer Stella Nyandoro has released a raunchy video that is set to trigger rivalry with popular pole dancers Beverly Sibanda and Zoey Sifelani.

Affectionately known by her clients as Dr Machena Zviitiko or simply Mbuya Shakira, she gives her guests more than they might have bargained for.

If her video named "Mweya Wekutungamira" is anything to go by, then Bev and Zoey certainly, are in for some stiff competition from the self-proclaimed dancing doctor, who is in her late 40s.

At the beginning of the dirty and inaudible video is an inscription - "Reality Africa 2011 Peace Solution to the World Crisis", immediately followed by the appearance of a black and white dog.

Following the dog is a ghostly figure of some unknown goddess who comes in before Dr Machena makes a grand appearance wearing a blue bandana and white rob.

She seemingly mummers to an unseen oracle, and turns to chat with a youthful man.

She momentarily disappears and re-emerges dressed in white tights and top with a lacy cloth furnished with a traditional headgear made of feathers. She holds a golden cross in one hand and a Nyaminyami wooden stick, in the other. Disappears!

She later emerges sporting a "see-through" outfit as she struts and frets in front of the camera in lengthy sexually provocative dances on a sofa. She calls the raunchy acts "Peace Dances" .

Mbuya Shakira fondles herself as she continues with her sexually suggestive dances, singing along music by Mbare Chimurenga and Mawungira Enharira.

She also plays with a portrait of Jesus before dancing on a pole. Then suddenly she uses a lit candle in a similar fashion that Bev uses a bottle in her raunchy dances in nightclubs.

Mbuya Shakira also imitates traditional rainmaking dances using a winnowing basket. In an interview, the raunchy goddess said her act was inspired by the medium spirits. "Ndezve kuvadzimu," she said and could not be drawn into commenting further.

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