It’s like time stands still whenever she sings and every time she steps onto the stage, she delivers an unforgettable performance, igniting the audience and taking them on a journey with her beautiful and unique sound…
……..Theresa Shangazike, better known as Shanky. Theresa is a Zimbabwean-born Singer and Songwriter based in the UK who is making waves in the music industry and her sensational urban grooves music is being played on online radio stations all over the UK and in the motherland. Being raised in a musical family, Shanky’s music career started at a very tender age. Her uncle played the guitar and her mother was also a singer. At just five years old, Theresa was already wowing people with her angelic voice. As young as she was, the budding songstress joined the church choir and also competed in school choirs at her primary school at Chishawasha Mission. She moved to the UK when she was 13, taking the music with her.
Shanky’s sound is a blend of Afropop infused with Afrobeats, Afro-Dancehall and RnB.The gifted artist ,who is known for her hit track Suduruka, followed that up with another hot single called Watora Moyo, which she collaborated with Munya Mataruse. Shanky has set her own standards by preserving the Zimbabwean cultural heritage through her music and she gave the nation pride when she sang the Zimbabwean National Anthem in commemoration of Independence Day. Her version of the anthem received airplay on Klear TV,a Sky News channel in the UK and on YouTube. Her music has also been featured on international radio stations such as Naija FM, BBC 1xtra and many others in and around the UK.The 2014 music video for her hit single Swederera has received airplay on leading entertainment channels in the UK and around Africa and the House Mix of the song is played in clubs on the Mayfair Strip in London; a sensational hit!
Shanky is well known for her breathtaking live perfomances. She has perfomed at Live at Battersea-Vox Africa and also perfomed at the Afrobeats UK Concert and the Africa Unplugged Concert where she shared the stage with Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platinumz. She was also featured in music videos on MTV and BET. When Shanky performs she doesn’t just perform, she delivers a memorable experience, proving that she is indeed a showstopper!
Shanky has been given well deserved recognition for her outstanding talent. After being on the Urban Grooves scene for less than a year, she was awarded Female Artist of The Year at the ZIMAs, an award which is voted for by the public. In 2013 she was also awarded with a Zimbabwean Achiever Award. Her next goal? To scoop a Grammy Award, and we know that our homegirl can do the things!
The talented musician who is also a therapist, runs a massage company called Mobile Massages Limited, a mobile business that offer quality spa treatments in the comfort of your home. Shanky is also involved in community based charity projects including concerts to fundraise for charities such as the Faith In Action Charity in Africa. The young and bright star is a true visionary, a woman who is driven by her passion and talent and we are confident she is yet to achieve even greater things in the near future.
By: Chido Kakora