Many of us have role models and for most, these role models are athletes and movie stars. So to know one on a personal level and to be mentored by one is a privilege only a few are ever lucky enough to have. We caught up with Tahle weDzinza who tells how she was fortunate to have a live-in kind of relationship with her role model, her experience working with Jah Prayzah and the career lessons that shaped her into the inspiring songstress she is today.
I’m okay. Some days are better than others. Holistically, I’m grateful for life and family during times like these.
Globally, music has gained a lot more attention as the pandemic has spiralled people into becoming heavily digital reliant. Hence, artists now have a wider viral platform for visibility. I am personally majoring on making money out of it substantially and sustainably by using every digital social tool within my reach and I think a lot of us are trying to navigate this new terrain likewise.
I was always into music. *Laughs. I sang with a wooden spoon, always used to dance around the house; that was just me and the way I grew up. My mother is very musical and she encouraged me to use music as my outlet. I was always going to be a singer just like every child needs to go to school one day. That was me with music.
The one particular person who encouraged me to do so and believed in my ability to do so was and still is my mother.
*Laughs. I would be lying if I said I had a particular song. I do have artists though, Salif Keita, Bob Marley, Lauren Hill and Amy Winehouse.
African, intriguing, diverse, daring and a fusion of cultural expression.
I always find it interesting what people pick up when they listen to my music. I would say my music has a lot of Arabian and Asian elements. I grew up on a lot of Korean and Indian music as well. It has a lot of classic elements too. I sang a lot of classic and opera inspired music in my starting years. So I’m a blend of a lot of things and I guess depending on which songs you’ve heard you’d probably find a bit of Sia or Adele somewhere. To sum it up, I am a blend of culture and expression. That’s how I view myself and it translates into my music. I also come from a very diverse family so it plays into my sound as well.
It was interesting and quite insightful. Generally an eye opening experience.
I have a couple; Sauti Sol, Rema, Simi, Salif Keita, Fatoumata Diwara…those are literally my lifetime achievement collaborations (*Laughs).
Songs of Clay is a gospel singles compilation. It was something I just wanted to release during the Easter period. People are going through a lot during these times and everyone needs a little hope, myself included.
I think there’s been a lot to learn from my journey as an artist. But one thing I’ve learnt is patience – everything we achieve is a product of how long we are willing to wait. Secondly, it’s okay to be different. I’m not very welcoming to comparison because it’s usually used to make people feel less than themselves. In my journey I’ve learnt never to compare because we are all different people with different gifts and purposes. Sometimes comparison hinders growth.
I’m a musician, entrepreneur, conversationalist, content creator, concept creator and a student. I wear several hats …. It keeps me busy.
My plans are always something I’m constantly tweaking. But I do intend to widen my reach as God allows. I continue to work and grow.
By: Tapiwa Mhlanga