A beauty with brains, hitting UK airwaves

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There is an old saying that goes, ‘it is impossible for one to have both the beauty and the brains’. In fact the adage claims that “you either have one or the other, but not both.”

If this is true, then R&B songstress Cynthia Mare is a rare case for she has clearly defied that logic.

In an interview with NewsDay, the UK-based songstress revealed that she would be coming to Zimbabwe early June to make a reconnection with her local fans and also to launch her latest hits.Carter Chapwanya (CC): Tell us briefly about who Cynthia Mare is?

Cynthia Mare (CM): I’m a singer/songwriter born and raised in Zimbabwe.

I went to St. Dominics Secondary and Hermain Gmeiner Secondary.

I come from a large family of girls only. I have a younger sister, Irene, who also sings.

My family moved to the UK ten years ago where I continued pursuing my musical dreams. I started working with UK producer Krunchie in 2005.

I’ve also worked with Jusa Dementer of ABRA records, a very popular music producer in the UK.

I write songs for other singers too. My music is a mixture of R&B and House with an Afro feel.CC: When did you start singing?

CM: At age six. I told my dad that I wanted to be a singer and he didn’t think it was such a good idea but I always sang at home and at church since then.

I got my chance to go into a studio when I moved to the UK. My dad supports my music now.CC: Do you sometimes have nostalgic feelings of home and if so, do these feelings have an influence on your music?

CM: I do miss home a lot, which is why I’m returning. In some of my Funky House songs I have traditional drums and hosho incorporated into the music like in Lose Control and Say Goodbye.CC: Besides the guitar, do you play any other instrument?

CM: I’m learning both guitar and keyboard!CC: Tell us about your music in the UK? Are you considered a celebrity there?

CM: (laughs) I don’t consider myself a celebrity. I’m just a musician who is lucky enough to follow her dreams. My music is played on UK radio stations like BBC1xtra, Choice FM, Kiss FM, etc.

I have been in newspapers, magazines and UK sites.

I’ve worked with some great UK producers and performed all over the UK, including at gigs at the world famous O2 in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Ireland.

I’ve shared the same stage with the likes of Busta Rhymes, Jagged Edge and Keisha White.

I was very privileged to hook up with Mafriq, Roki, Sniper and Winky D when they came to UK in 2009.

This year in March I performed with Jusa at the Ndoro Children’s Charity Ball in London.

It was a star-studded event and I was blessed to share the stage with Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes), Mbuya Stella Chiweshe, and Tuku. CC: What do you think about Urban Grooves music?

CM: I love urban grooves because it has an identity. It’s the identity of the young Zimbabwean artist and it makes me proud.CC: Are you married? If not are you in a relationship?

CM: Not married and I am not in a relationship. I’m too busy with my music career.CC: What are your plans for Zimbabwe?

CM: I’m going to do live shows – hopefully get into the studio with some of Zimbabwe’s finest musicians and come up with great new songs.

I want to see my family, eat loads of sadza ne nyama, go to braais and have a good time.CC: Message to your fans?

CM: I’m coming home ya’ll!
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