ZIMBABWE College of Music student Evidence Manhanda has challenged fellow musicians to strive for exposure before they get into the studio.
Manhanda blamed hurried productions for the poor quality of music that is flooding the market.
“You need to get out there first and see what the people want,” she said.
“A lot of musicians are rushing to the studio when they don’t even know what the market wants. I am not realising anything until 2017 and right now I am more concerned with the stage side.
“Even when one releases music, how can people buy your music when they have not seen you on stage or when they do not even know what you are capable of?”
Manhanda is studying towards her degree in Jazz after attaining an Advanced National Certificate in Music.
She has been performing in churches and at different events to make sure she gets all the exposure.
Asked if she would be focusing on the jazz genre, Manhanda said she would want to bring a revolution to African contemporary music.
“I want to be different. I want my music to be different. I want my music to touch people’s lives,” she said.
“Music is not just about getting into the studio, but it is about what one intends to do and how they intend to do it.”
The young musician is also one of the finalists of the Zim Got Talent contest who will be battling it out with 15 others for the top prize.
She said young musicians should not be swayed by seeing accomplished musicians and forget to look at their history.
“All the musicians we see today have come from a very long history and young artistes should not just rush for the sake of releasing music,” Manhanda said.
“One has to find their strength first before recording.”
The young musician was born in Mberengwa to a teacher mother and electrician father.
“My mother teaches at Zengeza 4 Primary while my father is working in South Africa.”
“I am a Christian and I fellowship with Lighthouse Chapel International and I must say that is where I got the inspiration to say I want to live off music.
I have so far performed in church, at weddings and at different events at Cresta Lodge.”