BARELY two weeks after announcing her excitement at having time off the stage to visit Zimbabwe, United Kingdom-based songstress Shingai Shoniwa has been forced to cut short her holiday.
The Noisettes star has to go back to London to perform at the Baftas after show party.
The Don’t Upset the Rhythm singer has been touring internationally with the band non-stop for six years and finally took some time off to visit Zimbabwe, her home country, late last year.
A fortnight ago she told our sister paper, The Standard, that she was in the country to network and get to know more people in addition to enhancing her understanding of the Shona culture.
But she is going back to the stage earlier and her performance at the glamorous film awards will be another milestone achievement in her colourful career.
Shoniwa told Press Association how excited she was to be part of the Baftas ceremony.
“I’m really, really excited. I was a little bit gutted by having to put my trip back. I’ve cut my trip to Zimbabwe by a couple of days, but it means so much to me that I’ve decided to just pack as much sunshine as I can in my suitcase and bring some back to the UK,” she said.
“The Noisettes have pretty much been on tour for six years since our first album came out in 2007. We’ve had three albums and touring all the time, so I’ve just taken all my unclaimed holiday and shoved it into the last five weeks. And I feel rejuvenated and I can’t wait to go back to work.”
The 31-year-old singer has been working with a designer on a special frock for the performance.
She said: “I’m taking inspiration from the cinema. I am getting something made which is going to be quite cinematic. There’s going to be lots of gold and red, like the massive red velvet curtain that used to open before they showed films.”