|Beverly ‘Njuzu’ Sibanda|
Beverly Sibanda performing
|Born||Junior Lizzy Zinhu|
April 1, 1991
|Other names||Bev ; Katarina 2.|
|Children||1: Orlando Kudzai|
|Parent(s)||Darlington Timothy Banda|
Beverly Sibanda is a pole dancer-cum-musician. Bev, as she is alternatively known made headlines with her dance routines.
On 31 January 2017, local tabloid newspaper H-Metro revealed that Bev was two months pregnant. The dancer claimed that the pregnancy was 2 months old and that the father was local musician Andy Muridzo. However, Muridzo denied impregnating her although he admitted that he had an affair with her in 2016. Muridzo claimed that the only way Bev could be carrying his pregnancy was if there was an immaculate conception if the Holy Spirit was responsible.
Beverly Sibanda was born Junior Lizzy Zinhu in Chitungwiza on the 3rd of April 1991. She is the last born in a family of 10, where only five of her siblings are still surviving. Her father Darlington Banda who died in 2002 was from Malawi and was a musician. Bev's mother died in 1998. She grew up in Greendale and has one son named Kudzai.
Bev attended Selborne Routledge Primary School and Zengeza 4 Primary School for her primary education. She then enrolled at Zengeza High 2 School and later Charles Clerk for her secondary education. After her Ordinary level, she did not dare collect her results as she knew she had failed because of her naughtiness.
Bev started dancing in school after which she joined Zalabantu Dance Group from Gwanda. In 2008 Bev launched he solo career as a Pole dancer. She was virtually unknown by then. In August 2011 Bev together with Mercy Mukumire, Chantel Dlamini and Brenda Cocoa formed the Sexy Angels group. The group members came from various dance groups. It was this group that made Bev a household name. She became one of the most sought-after dancer, having shows for the whole week from Tuesday up to Sunday. Sometimes, she even had double bookings in a single day. Bev's sexually suggesting dance routines, endeared her to many men.
In 2013, Bev was said to have ventured into the music industry after having enlisted the services of prominent South African Musician Freddy Gwala and other local artistes such as (Born Gift Katulika) to feature on her album. Bev who usually uses songs from other artists for her dance routines was reported to have sung her own songs in an event held at Private Lounge where she performed alongside other artistes such as Sulumani Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah. Bev was said to have described the release of her new album as an early Christmas present. One of the tracks on the album titled Tshaingoma was said to have done quite well after it was voted into the National FM Top 50 on New Year’s Eve, landing a modest number 27.
In 2012 Bev launched a new dance which was termed 'Bottle Dance'. The dance became so popular that it earned her enough money to move into a flat in the splush Borrowdale suburb and to buy a car. This however angered Delta Beverages since she used a Castle lager bottle. The company's Corporate Director was angered at the use of the bottle and encouraged clients not to use bottle for unintended purposes. However Bev was defiant and said the company was supposed to be grateful since she was marketing their brand. She even said people were so into the dance that that they actually drink from the same bottles after she use them on stage.
Conversion to Christianity
In January 2014, Bev was reportedly repented after Prophet Walter Magaya ministered to her. The latter told her that his church Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries was going to open a business for her. The news of her conversion was welcomed by most of Zimbabweans. However rival dancer, Zoey doubted the conversation. As promised the ministry helped her open a clothing shop in March 2014. After the conversion it was alleged that Magaya used Bev as a marketing gimmick since after the conversion Magaya became the prophet of the moment with popular musicians, politicians and prostitutes flocking to his church.
As some people expected Bev only after three months at Magaya's, she went back to dancing after a fall out with the ministry. The official opening of Bev's shop in the central business district was described as lukewarm after Walter Magaya and wife failed to turn up for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Instead the event was attended by passers by, vegetable and airtime vendors.
It was reported that prior to Bev making her comeback to the dance floor, the dancer had previously threatened to leave the church if things did not work out. The sentiments were also echoed by Bev's manager who pointed out that Bev's return to her old ways was very imminent considering that she was being persecuted by other church members. Oscar Pambuka who is th spokesperson for PHD Ministries was furious and insinuated that Bev was trying to extort money from the church by threatening to go back to the dance floor and went on to state that the church would not entertain her because they had a lot of people that needed help. In April 2014 Bev returned to the dance floor after she was allegedly assaulted by Magaya's security guard and from one unnamed church congregant. The latter were allegedly jealousy of Bev and Magaya's close relationship whch is said to have culminated in the "hatred and persecution" of Bev. Bev's said reason for going back to her old ways was lack of money. She said she had become tired of begging since the shop was not making profit.
The dancing fraternity showed that her return was well overdue as she was involved in a double booking storm. To add to it a big welcome party was organised at the Airport Lounge. Bev is said to have later on apologised to Magaya for all the bad publicity and trouble which she had caused the church. Bev’s manager Harpers Mapimhidze was also alleged to have added his voice to the apology made by Bev noting that they regretted whatever bad thing which happened between them and Magaya.
UK Tour - 2015
In July 2015, Beverly Sibanda was invited to the UK to perform her raunchy dancing along side singers such as Seh Calaz, Ricky Fire, Terminator and PTK. She performed in Leeds and Dunstable. During her performances, Bev invited an audience member to the stage and seductively danced above and on top of him for close to 5mins. The said man soiled his undergarments when Bev made one of her dance moves on him. An online social media frenzy would ensure with names such as "CdeSkidMark", "MrSkidMark".
There once widespread rumours that Bev had at one point dated South African based Zimbabwean footballer Khama Billiat. It was also rumoured that Bev had the picture of Khama as her whatsapp profile picture with an accompanying status which read "Zvamunoona mwana uyu takadanana…” Bev has also been associated with other footballers such as former Dynamos Football Club goal minder George Chigova and Patrick Khumbula. The report went on to claim that Chigova had been spotted several times offering Bev free transport after gigs further fuelling rumours that the two were involved. Chigova however denied the allegations saying that he did not have anything to do with Bev but insisted that it may have been Khama because he had used his car at one point. Among some of the most prominent men that were also said to have been dating Bev was Walter Magaya. It was reported that another congregant had confronted Bev accusing her of dating the charismatic healer which did not go down well with Bev leading to an altercation.
Following multiple complaints about Bev's conduct on stage, she was once arrested by the police on charges of breaching the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act and violating terms of her dancing licence. It was alleged that the pole dancer's conduct at the Airport Lounge during the Harare International Carnival’s Samba Night was unbecoming after she invited male patrons on stage and started performig sexual gyrations with them. This was not the first time that Bev had been put behind bars for conduct as she had also been previously locked together with Zoey Sifelani for breaching the terms of their licenses in Spetember 2012.
In similar fashion to a stunt pulled off by Zimdancehall artiste Lady Squanda, Bev is said to have also done the same in an attempt to boost her publicity. It was reported that one of her dancers called H-Metro claiming that Bev had been run over by a car in Sunningdale and died on the spot. When a call was made to Bev's cellphone it was also answered by another woman who claimed that Bev had indeed been run over by a car. Bev only answered her call the second time claiming that she was alive and well.
Andy Muridzo Pregnancy Controversy
On 31 January 2017, the tabloid newspaper the HMetro claimed that Beverly Sibanda was two months pregnant with musician Andy Muridzo's child. Beverly Sibanda was quotes as
Yes, I’m pregnant and its two months. I also heard the rumours Andy Muridzo is the father yes, he is the one responsible. I started feeling something awkward and I decided to do the tests.
Since I started dating him we never used protection, tairovana ny*** yakadaro (we never used protection) since March last year, I had DP Depo Provera for five years so I wasn’t aware that it expired. I then checked my dates only to realise that it expired recently
However, Muridzo denied paternity although he admitted that he had an affair with Sibanda in 206. He also claimed to have come clean to his wife and apologised about the affair
- Beverly Sibanda exposed…uses fake name, 'Zimbabwe Focus', Published: 23 Dec 2013, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
- Beverly, the pole-dancer sets Harare abuzz, 'The Standard', Published: 8 Jan 2012, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
- Beverly Sibanda is hot property!, Chronicle, Published: 21 July 2012, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
- Problem Masau Bev ropes in Freddy Gwala for debut album, Published: August 28, 2013, Retrieved: January 7, 2014
- Vasco Chaya Bev's song storms into top 50, Daily News, Published: January 7, 20014, Retrieved: January 7, 2015
- Delta vs Beverly – All the Wrong Dance Moves, Zimbo Jam, Published: 10 July 2012, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
- Pole dancer Beverly’s bottle act in pictures, Nehanda Radio, Published: 12 Jul 2012, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
- Prophet Magaya to transform Bev’s life, 'NewsDay', Published: 28 Jan 2014, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
- Prostitutes flock to church after prophet 'delivers' Bev Sibanda, Harare 24, Published: Feb 2014, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
- Jonathan Mbiriyamveka Bev’s dull shop opening as ‘Prophet’ Magaya, wife snub event, The Herald, Published: March 10, 2014, Retrieved: January 7, 2015
- Yeukai Karengezeka, ‘We’re not a bank, Ms Bev’, The Herald, Published: 25 Mar 2014, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
- Beverly returns to the dance floor, Nehanda Radio, Published: 23 April 2014, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
- Nigel Pfunde, Bev in double booking scam, The Zimbabwe Mail, Published: 25 Apr 2014, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
- I’m sorry, Beverly tells Prophet Magaya, Zim Beat News Published: October 6, 2014, Retrieved: January 8, 2015
- Zimbabwean man soils underwear during lap dance from Bev in the UK, Nehanda Radio, Published: 26 Jul 2015, Retrieved: 27 Jul 2015
- Beverly Sibanda, The Bottle Dancer in Love with Khama Billiat, B-Metro, Published: July 6, 2013, Retrieved: January 7, 2015
- Raunchy Dancer Beverly Sibanda Arrested, Team Zimbabwe, Retrieved: January 8, 2015
- Dancer Beverly Sibanda 'dies', Published: August 14, 2014, Retrieved: January 8, 2015