Art form Music

Willis Wataffi

Love story of a lifetime told in a 3 minute song capturing every moment journeyed with matters of the heart, crystal sparkling melodic tunes with lyrical wit. Talented young entrepreneur, a musician, singer songwriter a fashion designer and a beautiful spirit this is Willis Wataffi. As he breaths life in different aspects of his creativity he brings out the beauty of his music as he communicates meaningful messages.

That not only teaches but entertains. And on another hand he has brought to life a shoe line that gives you utmost comfort and clothing fit for royalty for the masses. I was honored as he journeyed me into his life , giving us a glimpse of who Willis is.

Meg-Anne : Who is Willis as an individual and an artist?

Willis : A prince winemaker and hunter of the Kore Kore tribe and a doting father to a gorgeous 5-year-old Zoe. And as an artist, a multi-linguistic attribute of myself, speaking most African lingos. Wataffi is a multi-award winning Zimbabwean music artist who seeks to celebrate the footprints of those who came before us and those whose footprints help shape the future we live in today. My music seeks to instill pride and some sort of nostalgia in every man and woman in the world, especially people whose minds still need liberating.
 
Meg-Anne :  Over the years have you evolved in your music? Has it changed or remained the same?
Willis : My music remains the same but evolves in the writing because my inspiration is from my surroundings and the more I grow and travel, a world different from the one I knew affirmatively gives a new face to the writing and storytelling. I come from a family of praise singers and griots ( storytellers ). We are born to tell stories. Moving from my rural roots which I am still in touch with changed my writing so that means it evolves too.
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Meg-Anne : How do you classify your genre?
Willis : My music is called Qaya Roots ( khaya = home ) It means home and home is where the heart is. Qaya roots meaning your home is as strong as how deep your roots go. We as Africans need to first have a strong backbone in order for us to keep the things that mean the most to us, our ethos and the protection of our way of life. Qaya Roots music = New world music/ Afrobeat.
Meg-Anne :  Tell us about your label Qaya Wear. What inspired the birthing of the label?
Willis :  Qaya wears the clothing label inspired by my surroundings and owing to the fact that in our Kore Kore kingdom we have our traditional garb that soon been forgotten. My desire is to bring that back and slowly introduce our Zimbabwean dress without taking away much from the past and also the now time. It is an Afro Cosmo look that does not take away from both worlds. Footwear is called Jes’us by Wataffi meaning just us. These are mostly open shoe gladiators for both men women. Derived from the fact that we always called them ma Jesus because we first saw the Romans wearing them and Jesus wearing them too hence Jes’ us by Wataffi footwear.
Meg-Anne : Where can one go and get their hands on your creations?
Willis : Based in Zimbabwe , delivery is door to door and courier like I have done for clients in the United kingdom, South Africa and the middle East.
Meg-Anne : What kind of clothes are they? Is it targeted for a specific kind of clientele?
Willis : It is for everyone. Anyone who loves a bit of culture and still moving with the now times. A sense of pride and belonging. It cuts across the two and one feels afro and Cosmo at the same time. It is a stamp of the African voice in the cloth.
Meg-Anne : What has music taught you as a soulful being?
Willis : Music is a spiritual language which can build or destroy so I do not take it for granted the responsibility God and my ancestors gift bestowed upon me. Music teaches me every day to go back to the drawing board for the job is never done till there is total salvation in the world. ( Wataffi 2007) Every day is a time to sow.
Meg-Anne : Music is a path wayto many avenues leading somewhere. Where is music leading you?
Willis : Changing the world so that it works for the average man on the street who is my boss. That is the man whose life needs changing for the better. If my music stops communicating thither I will have failed so we trod onto Mt Zion. My church Christ Embassy,s support through my pastor Dr. Ruth Musarurwa has given support all the way Planning a Ngaavavongwe concert for the end of October this year. I did this album out of obedience, therefore, I am a mouthpiece of music to saving lost souls.
Meg-Anne : You created a trend which by became well known ( Wanga). How did that come about. The inception of it.
Willis : Wanga became a phenomenon unexpectedly too. I did not like the song because this happened to me. Everything I sing about is real I am not fictitious. It is a dialogue between a suitor and a beautiful damsel and his hopes to win her love but there is a lot not in order with this man and the woman wants proof so she posed a lot of questions concerning her security. I remember we almost did not add it to the album. When the album was released Wanga became street lingo and a new word in shona dictionary just like Beyonce created bootylicious. People to this day call a broke brother wanga. generally a person without assets and going nowhere.
Amazing musician who puts the Lord first and lives his life through music a rare being who will serenade you with his beautiful lyrics. Be sure to get a copy of his new upcoming album.
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27 comments on “Willis Wataffi

  1. This is a great interview. Thank you for being here in this space and time and inspiring us. You’re a great part of our generation. Please keep soldiering on. Thank you for your music!

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  2. Keep on dng good Mhanduweeeee!!!! Well done

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  3. inspiring!!!!

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  4. Marshall Kachambwa

    Awesome stuff, beautiful and powerful timeless music with rich content. Keep it up bro

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  5. Ntando Dube

    Zimbabwe is proud of you Willis

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  6. Albert Ignatius

    Great interview my brother. It was very inspiring and opened my eyes and mind. Keep on keeping on my brother. One love

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  7. Kuchie koo

    Beautiful interview

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  8. Murphy Benny Tauya

    Wooow great stuff bra,u always inspire me.keep on doing good we are behind u.

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  9. Humphrey Munzvengwa

    Qaya roots…Qaya Muzambique..

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  10. Amazing #Legacy Mambo

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  11. Glen Vambe

    Varikumhepo ngavazarurure chindumurwa ichi nzira chipundukewo nekusingaperi…..Great stuff mzukuru. Keep up the good work .

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  12. Well done, am inspired to become more

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  13. Beautiful..so inspiring Willis.keep it up.proud of u!

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  14. outstanding work…. my brother

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  15. This is so inspiring. Thank you Will foe embracing the gift of music and helpingbus to experience that which comes from your inside world.

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  16. Abiyangu,great interview and I like that you are proud of where you came from,keep on entertaining us

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  17. Ish Darrelle

    This inspiring great stuff bro

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  18. Wendy Kachambwa

    Hanzvadzi wadadisa wasimudzira nyikayedu. I am very proud of you Chikona.

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  19. Wadzanai Gumbo Ndlovu

    Humbled to have worked with Willis he is a gentle soul…..

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  20. welshman sibanda

    Stay winning sir..lm inspired..God bless

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  21. Collins Chikava

    want one for my girlfriend,they seem comfortable and really simple for summer.im in love with them .

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  22. Amazzzzz,,ing beautiful soul he is..,

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  23. Tinashe Polo

    Interview was on point! Im sure it was also an education for many people out there. Keep doing what you do brother! !

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  24. Heavy stuff and very inspirational interview

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  25. Long time since I’ve seen Willis play live, good to learn more about the many sides of this talented and hard-working artist.

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  26. Deep……Bro

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