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Zimbabwean Andra cracks America


Twenty two-year-old Zimbabwean Alexandra Govere, or just Andra, has just released her explosive 17-track debut album Luv is 4 Suckaz (I’m a Sucka 4 Love).
The album by the Stanford University-educated civil engineer who was groomed by Kerry Brothers Jr, Alicia Keys’ songwriting and production partner, is receiving rave reviews from American bloggers.
“Love is 4 Suckaz doesn’t really sound like a debut, it sounds like something you’d expect from a more established artist with a few releases under their belt,” said one reviewer, testimony to Andra’s two years of grafting in the studio as well as her songwriting ability.
“The songs are well written, captivating and original,” said another critic. “The highlight, however, is the album’s sequencing, which is amazing. The mixtape progresses seamlessly from song to song telling a story. Love is 4 Suckaz is like a cross between Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me, It’s You and Kanye’s 808s and Heartbreak without the autotune.”
Barely known in her homeland, Andra says on her website that she grew up in rural Bikita until the age of 14 when she got a scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study in the United States.
The president and co-founder of the Kijana Project which assists Aids orphans say she was the first black person to compete on Zimbabwe’s National Artistic Gymnastics Team.
She was honoured as one of Teen People magazine’s “20 Teens Who Will Change the World,” and has been featured in other publications such as Elle Girl, Essence, Girl’s Life and International Gymnast.
The jocular Andra says on her Twitter that she was “schooled in Zimbabwe and educated at Stanford University. Now I’m a poor musician who steals toilet paper from restaurants … hence the large purse.” – newzimbabwe.com

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