Tahle weDzinza: Creating a Magical Fusion of Cultural Expression Through Song…

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.

How are you doing Tahle, pandemic and all?

I’m okay. Some days are better than others. Holistically, I’m grateful for life and family during times like these.

The music scene has not been an exception when it comes to experiencing the disruptive nature of this pandemic. How has covid affected your music in particular and what are you doing to leverage on this change? 

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.

Tahle, what first got you into music? 

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.

Who inspired you to make 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.

The first song you fell in love with?

*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.

How would you describe your sound?

 African, intriguing, diverse, daring and a fusion of cultural expression.

There is also an element of Sia, Shekinah and Adele in your sound plus a soul-soothing sensation. Does that come from your own personality or from the culture?

 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.

In 2018, you collaborated with Jah Prayzah on the recording of “Give Me More”. How was it like working with him? 

It was interesting and quite insightful. Generally an eye opening experience.

Which African artist would you love to collaborate with?

 I have a couple; Sauti Sol, Rema, Simi, Salif Keita, Fatoumata Diwara…those are literally my lifetime achievement collaborations (*Laughs).

Tell us more about your latest album, “Songs of Clay”.

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.

You have been a vocalist for quite some time; care to share some of the best lessons you have learned thus far? 

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.

Sounds like you’ve learned a lot! Are you solely a musician or is there more to your name?

 I’m a musician, entrepreneur, conversationalist, content creator, concept creator and a student. I wear several hats …. It keeps me busy.

How do you plan on growing as an artist and in all your other spheres of influence?

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

 

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