List of Zimbabweans

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Listed below are famous or notable Zimbabweans, people from Zimbabwe or of Zimbabwean descent.


Business people[edit]


  • The Bhundu Boys - band who played a mixture of chimurenga music with American rock and roll, disco, country, and pop influences
  • Charles Charamba and Olivia Charamba - gospel singers
  • David Chifunyise - University of Zimbabwe graduate who sang and composed the title song of the popular Studio 263 (country code for Zimbabwe); a pioneer of Zimbabwe's "Urban Groove" genre, a local blend of rhythm & blues and hip hop
  • Simon Chimbetu - Sungura legend and former Zimbabwe liberation war hero (deceased)
  • Stella Chiweshe - dubbed "Queen of Mbira"
  • John Edmond - 1970s and 1980s folk singer
  • Tinashe Kachingwe - of Zimbabwean heritage, known for baby modelling, acting and singing
  • Alick Macheso - Sungura artist; played bass guitar for "Madzibaba" Nicholas Zacharia when they were still going under the name of "Khiama Boys"; later broke out to form his own band, Orchestra Mberikwazvo; their hits include "Zvakanaka Zvakadaro", "Madhuve", "Amai VaRubhi"
  • Lovemore Majaivana - Ndebele singer, songwriter
  • Thomas Mapfumo - Zimbabwean musician for the Chimurenga genre; went into exile in the United Kingdom where he released albums criticizing the Zanu PF government
  • Dumisani Maraire - Shona mbira player, died in 1999
  • Mechanic Manyeruke and the Puritans - pioneers of gospel music
  • Phary Mataz - DJ, VJ, presenter, anchor
  • Tongai Moyo - Sungura artist, known for song "Samanyemba"; he is popularly known as "Murozvi Mukuru", "Dhewa", or "Samanyemba"; diagnosed with cancer and continues to fight the disease and perform
  • Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi - Zimbabwean musician for popular and traditional music, plays with band Black Spirits
  • Sam Mtukudzi - recording artist; released a solo album; toured around Europe and South Africa; killed in a car accident on 15 March 2010 together with his sound engineer
  • Carol Mujokoro - gospel musician; recipient of TSAMA 2000 Best Female Artist award
  • Ephat Mujuru - first to popularise the mbira in the West (America)
  • Jonah Sithole - winner of the first reality show (The A Academy), similar to American Idol
  • Clem Tholet - 1960s and 1970s folk singer
  • Winky D - King of Dancehall, known for the hit song "Musarova Bigman"
  • Jonathan Wutawunashe - influential head of a gospel music group
  • Leonard Zhakata - sang the chart buster "Mugove"


Military and security service leaders[edit]