Renowned as Slimaz in the creative realm, Willard Slimaz Magombedze is a distinguished Zimbabwean creative producer, film director, writer, and the visionary founder of Slimaz Productions. His impactful contributions to the Zimbabwean entertainment scene, particularly in videography and photography, have left an enduring mark.
Magombedze’s illustrious career is characterized by influential collaborations with notable musicians, including
Jah Prayzah, Pah Chihera, Trevor Dongo, and more. His artistic brilliance shines through the production of
award-winning music videos like “Betterman,” “Nerunako,” “Mai Bhoi,” “Runonzi Rudo,” and “Mwanasikana,”
demonstrating his creative prowess and impact on the industry.
While details of Magombedze’s formal education remain undisclosed, his journey as a filmmaker and videographer is
defined by determination and self-taught expertise. Despite lacking formal training, he has showcased an innate
understanding of visual storytelling, resulting in collaborations with both local and international artists,
earning accolades and nominations for his significant contributions.
Championing the Industry
Magombedze, while navigating a career largely devoid of controversies, vocalizes concerns about the challenges
faced by filmmakers in Zimbabwe. Financing remains a substantial hurdle, often relying on personal resources. His
advocacy for stable resources and recognition aims to ensure the sustained growth of the industry.
Diversifying Creative Endeavors
Beyond music videos, Magombedze has ventured into movie production, presenting works like ‘The Purse,’ a
Christian movie delving into the power of prayer and the connection between the spiritual and physical realms.
Additionally, his commitment to producing a series with veteran actors underscores his dedication to preserving
Zimbabwean storytelling through collaborations with seasoned talents.
Magombedze’s vision extends beyond the present, aspiring for Zimbabwe’s film industry to reach the heights of
Nigeria’s Nollywood. Collaborations with local filmmakers and partnerships with investors form the foundation of
his ambition to elevate Zimbabwean cinema to international standards.
Notable Productions from Slimaz Pro Productions