Female musicians Edith Katiji, aka Edith WeUtonga, and Clare Nyakujara have come together to start up a mentorship programmme called My Sister’s Keeper whose first performance will take place tomorrow at the Zimbabwe German Society (ZGS) in Harare.
BY TINASHE SIBANDA
At their first 2015 performance they will be introducing Alice Chinya (26) who was born and raised in Chitungwiza and is currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnomusicology with the Zimbabwe College of Music.
Chinya is fairly new to the music industry but has featured regularly at the Book Café’s Sistaz Open Mic sessions.
“Our aim is to help the upcoming female artistes in an industry that has not been so friendly to women,” said Edith.
She said the mentorship would lead to a performance to cement and encourage the working together of female artistes.
Edith and Clare have both been in the music industry for 14 years, doing backing vocals for other leading musicians before they both took off on their solo careers in 2010.
“Alice is a student we recently met through her performances at the Sistaz Open Mic. She is very talented and we have assumed a big sister role to her,” said Edith.
She said the concert would be open to everyone who is a music lover, supports local content as well as local female musicians.
“My simple advice to upcoming female musicians is that if you want to succeed in the field there are never any shortcuts, you do not lose your dignity trying to reach the top,” said Edith.
She added that collaborating with other females in the industry edified any upcoming female artistes, making them united together as a better and stronger force.