When chimurenga meets soul


Zimbabwe continues to unveil exceptional talent among female musicians.

Following the international success and popularity of names like Mbuya Stella Chiweshe, Beulah Dyoko and Chiwoniso Maraire on the traditional music scene and recently Hope Masike in the contemporary traditional music realm, a new star is rising in this domain.

Fusing traditional and contemporary instruments and genres, Netsai Chigwendere is undoubtedly destined for dizzy heights.

Simply trading as Netsayi and backed by Black Pressure Band, the promising songstress had coined what she calls “chimurenga soul,” a genre that speaks volumes about her desire to maintain her roots in as much as she wants to keep abreast with changing genres internationally.

After spending a decade developing her reputation as a singer-songwriter in the UK, Netsayi publicly announced her return home through a show at Alliance Française recently.

The enthusiastic performer has decided to launch her career on the local scene after deeply ingesting the international music scene, which saw her sharing the stage and ideas with the likes of Hugh Masekela, Boubacar Traore, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and K’Naan.

Netsayi has performed on some of London’s most famous stages including the Royal and the Festival halls and released two albums, Chimurenga Soul and Monkey’s Wedding.

Now she is back home and ready to give her best.

Netsayi grew up in a musical household and the soundtrack to her childhood was diverse–traditional songs and local pop competing with reggae, soul and folk.

All these genres have influenced her own exceptional and original musical genre.