This African decibel is music royalty, she is daughter to the late Andy Brown and Chiwoniso Maraire both Zimbabwean music legends. Chengeto has made a name for herself as a musician since moving back to Zimbabwe, showing her vocal prowess in the duet she did with her older sister, Amara Brown, last year and has a number of singles out that you can listen to on her YouTube channel. There is a mix of American , Jamaican and Zimbabwean influence in her music that makes her sound unique and the fact that she has her mother’s gift of playing the mbira makes her a keeper. She is number one on our list of fem-sicians to watch in 2017. Chengeto dropped a song, Nightime Luv, under VERYUS on the 6th of March and said in an interview with The Standard “I am in the studio working on some singles that are set to be released soon. Apart from the singles, I will be releasing an Extended-play in August.” So we know our radio stations are going to be lit this 2017!
Our introduction to Tahle was on the hit single “Chekeche” by the Military Touch Movement (MTM), and gosh do we love her voice. We definitely think Jah Prayzah hit gold when he signed her to his MTM stable and we cannot wait for her to release her own music! She went professional at the tender age of 15 with the support of her mother whom she credits for discovering her musical talent and nurturing it. Tahle definitely deserves a spot on our list and we know we will be hearing more from her in 2017.
If you have not heard about Gemma Griffiths you must be living under rock. This bubbly ray of sunshine is a Paradoka favourite and 2017 is definitely a year to watch out for her. After releasing a couple of singles and earning fame for her magical covers of some of Zimbabwe’s musical hits, she told us she is in the studio working on her debut EP which will be out this year. So yes, we are on the lookout and if the music she has given us so far is anything to go by then we are in for a real musical treat.
19 year old Thamsanqa Moyo has carved her name on the ledgers of Zimbabwean music history and captivated the Zimbabwean crowd with her talent and professionalism in the years she has been in the business. She received a National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) nomination for Outstanding Female Artiste for 2016 and because she has continued to wow us year after year since entering the music industry, she has become a force to be reckoned with. We love her discipline, something we see lacking in many her age in the same business, professionalism and passion that has fuelled her growth as an artiste. Paradoka is rooting for her to ”blow up” in the year 2017.
So those are our four female musicians to watch, do leave a comment and share with us who you are rooting for and excited about this year.