A Unique African light that shines brightly in this ever evolving generation. As the night folded in multitudes, a soft beautiful light over powers it to bring out its gorgeous glory from generation to generation, this is Tahle We Dzinza!
Over a couple of weeks, I had been listening to the sounds of music of Tahle We Dzinza. I was saddened with myself actually disappointed of how disconnected I had been from such music. I asked myself why? Where was I? Where was this talented woman all my life? That is how beautiful her music is. Listening to her jams I fell in love with song after song. As she is new blood injected in the industry she is bringing in a fresh sound that relates to all audiences from love songs, soulful heart felt ones to danceable catchy songs.
Interviewing her was such a pleasure, her understanding of music and its power is phenomenal.
Meg-Anne: Tell me a bit about yourself. Who is Tahle We Dzinza?
Tahle: My name is Tahle We Dzinza, Tahle is short for Ketahle meaning light or happiness in Shangani. Wedzinza means of the generation so my name pretty much means light of the generation. I chose this name because music for me is a platform to address life issues. I feel strongly about issues to do with children especially emotional and physical abuse in home environments poverty gender based violence. I have had the opportunity to see the challenges that young people face maybe initially by default because my mother runs an NGO.
Meg-Anne: From where are you originally from and where are you based now?
Tahle: I am Zimbabwean by birth, but I am of Mozambique origin and I live in Zimbabwe.
Meg-Anne: Describe your type of music/ genre?
Tahle: I deliberately work across genres. Mainly jazz, afro house, afro beats, classical and trap. Quite a lot of my music sits in the alternative genre. I want to share my music with as many people as possible.
Meg-Anne: How is your music being received in Mozambique,
Zimbabwe and across Africa?
Tahle: My cross genre sound, people heard it in my collaboration with the military touch movement. The song Chekeche was number one on Zimbabwean charts for 14 weeks, it’s viewed on YouTube is approximately 400 000k I have had really exciting feed back from
Namibia and Tanzania, people really really love the music. In my home country of origin and across Africa, that is why we have brought Wadzanai Ndlovu on board to promote my music across Africa and both my manager and I believe she will do an
Meg-Anne: As a young talented African artist what difference can you or do you want to contribute on the global stage?
Tahle: I want to create a deeper understanding amongst ethnic and cultural background. Secondly, I want to influence education for young people. I think this is is true for many African nations, people are educated to get jobs but not to make a living through third own initiatives, I would love to play a role in helping young people stand on their own
feet. Thirdly education is very important for personal development and I want to be able in my lifetime to do one of the biggest musical funds raising concerts to enable me to sponsor access to education, for as many children as is possible.
Meg-Anne: What are your values and beliefs as a woman in
the modern-day world?
Tahle: Modesty and self-respect, for some reason in today’s society, we think that we need to show more to be more and these are the pressures we constantly fight as young ladies in the industry. It will be an honor to demonstrate that it is possible to make a huge impact without having to take your clothes off.
Meg-Anne: What inspires the writing of your music?
Tahle: Life experiences not only from my life but also from what I have seen other people go through.
Meg-Anne: What does music mean to you?
Tahle: Music is like oxygen. It is the way I can effectively
contribute to society.
Meg-Anne: whom do you look up to and why?
Tahle: I draw inspiration from several artists like Salif Keita, Tracy Chapman, Nina Simone, Oliver Mtukudzi Yemi Slade and the soil. I also draw from people in my personal life, my mentors, my mother, Sir Albert Nyati and Walter Wanyanya. What they have in Common is that working towards creating and maintaining something bigger than themselves, something that after they are long gone, their work will or is just as impact when they were still alive.
A light of a nation , a light of the continent a light to the world and generations to come Tahle we Dzinza!
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