Former Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, Vanessa Sibanda, has successfully strutted on the catwalk in a modelling career that brought her fame and fortune, but the crossover to music is probably going to be her longest lap.
Having enjoyed a litany of successes in modelling, among which was bagging a lucrative contract with top South African agency G3, one hopes that the beauty queen weaves the same magic wand around her new-found love — music.
This will be the first time for a former Miss Tourism Zimbabwe to release an album, and by virtue of her public profile, fans’ demands are likely to be taxing.
The South African-based natural beauty was in the country over the weekend and spent time in the studio recording the first track, It Feels Good, which is a romantic number in which a woman craves for her lover to uplift her amorously.
The song has a Caribbean calypso beat while the other tracks will have a fusion of Soul and R‘n’B with a bit of African rhythm.
“I’ve always had a passion for music just like for modelling,” Vanessa said. “After releasing my single, Zimbabwe—The Land of a Million Dancers, I felt I had to work on more songs and not waste my talent.”
The Miss Tourism Zimbabwe 2008 said she hoped that music would take her where modelling had taken her and even further.
Most of the songs, she said, will centre on her experiences as a beauty queen. Produced by Macdonald “McDee” Chidavaenzi, the album will also feature the group Soulbone. Vanessa, who is inspired by Janet Jackson and Beyoncé Knowles, said singing and modelling were both marketing vehicles.
“We need to market our country and bring in investors by showing them the beautiful things that our country has to offer. This can be done via modelling or singing,” she said.
On love, a recurring theme in some of her songs, she said she was currently too busy for that as she was “dating” music and modelling.
“I’m concentrating on modelling and music for now, but one day I would love to have plenty of beautiful kids,” she said.