The Soul Stirring Artist Taking The World By Storm: Tina Masawi

Her sound is unique and versatile, her stage presence electrifying, nothing short of amazing….Quite simply put, this soulful crooner from Zimbabwe is taking over the world, performing on some of the biggest world stages, and letting the world know with her soul stirring performances that she IS here, and only just getting started….

You’re currently based in Spain. Can you tell us about your life there, and some of the things you miss most about Zimbabwe

Spain is great, lovely people, great weather, amazing food. I miss my family and friends the most…

Getting started in the music industry……how did it all happen?

As soon as I left high school, I went to audition for a play at the Reps Theatre in Harare, where I got my first lead role as an actress and then got into musical theatre from there, and that’s when my career began.

How would you describe your sound?

My sound is a little bit of everything, a mixture of all the genres I was exposed to as a child until now. I am very versatile, hopping from one genre to another with ease. That’s what makes it unique, I think.

Who were some of your major influences when you were growing up?

I had SO many, my parents loved all kinds of music. I loved Aretha Franklin, Tracy Chapman, Tuku, Jimi Hendrixx, Queen, Aaliyah and all the black girl bands of the 90s; Chiwoniso, Whitney… the list is long!

What inspires you in your creative process?

I am inspired mostly by personal experiences and the things that I see every day. I write a lot of songs that come to me randomly, it’s always different.

You’re also an actress and you’ve participated in many Musical Plays at Reps Theatre and 7Arts.What impact did it have on your career as a singer?

It definitely gave me a chance to work on my stage presence, confidence, interpretation and expression. Theatre played a huge role in my grooming as an artist.

You’ve performed at the World-Famous Teatro Royale and Teatro Gran Liceu. Can you tell us more about that experience?

It was nothing short of phenomenal! Some people work all their lives to be on those stages and have to go through extensive auditions. I simply got picked to be there and it was one of the biggest honours of my life. I still can’t believe it!

Besides your performances at the Teatro Royale and Teatro Gran Liceu do you have any other memorable ‘I still can’t believe it” experiences?

This July I performed at the Barcelona Olympic Stadium in front of a few thousand people and it was mind-blowing. I had never done a show on such a big stage. Definitely one for the books.

Which 3 artists would you love to collaborate with?

I’ve reached out to a few of my favourite Zim artists with no luck so at the moment, whoever is keen really. I have some interesting ones coming up though so stay tuned!

(*Dear Zim artists that this phenomenal queen has reached out to, can you please do the right thing and hit our girl back. We need that magic)

Your two favourite musical instruments?

I love the bass guitar and acoustic guitar the most. The bassline is the first thing I hear on a song, and the acoustic guitar is such a versatile instrument and always sounds beautiful.

Tina Masawi in the next 5 years?

I want plaques in the next 5 years, at least one hit song and bigger stages. Fingers crossed.

 

By:Chido Kakora

 

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